LVN BEFORE RN?

  1. I AM A 38 YR OLD MALE, I AM JUST STARTING OUT IN THE NURSING FIELD. SOME OF MY FRIENDS TELL ME TO GO THE LVN ROUTE BEFORE MY ADN.THIS SEEMS LIKE ALOT OF CLASSES I REALLY DONT NEED. I WORK FULL TIME AND GO TO SCHOOL AT NIGHT, BUT I WILL START FULL TIME IN THE FALL. ANY ADVISE WOULD BE APPRECIATED.

    THANKS BRAD
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   Genista
    Hi Brad-
    Are you saying that you are starting an ADN program in the fall? Congratulations! I've heard of ADN programs in some states permitting students to take either a CNA exam (after semester 1) and sometimes even LVN boards after completing a certain amount of the program, so that they may work as a CNA or LVN while they finish their degree.I don't know if this is an option for you.Lots of student nurses work as CNAs, so that might be a good way to get some clinical experience if you haven't already. If you have the time/energy/ability to go straight for the ADN, then why not stick w/ your original goal? Good luck!
  4. by   Linda LPN
    Hey Braall, good news to hear you are going back to school. I've been an LPN for 7 yrs and I just enrolled today to complete my RN degree. My opinion is to go straight for your RN, if you can. There are much more opportunities for RN's, greater pay, and more respect. Believe me, I am not trying to start an RN/LPN debate here, just that you will have more options as an RN than an LPN. Good luck in school!
  5. by   Jo_deye_yuh
    Brad~

    As an LPN in the process of getting my ASN, I can only recommend to you that you pick the route that best suites your situation. If your long term goal is for your ADN and are preparing for full-time enrollment that would be a viable option for you. If you have time constraints and want to get into the field and go back to school later, then the LPN program would be the choice.

    I chose the LPN route first because of time contraints, financial restrictions, and was unsure if it was what I really wanted to do.

    I am completely pleased with the training and education I received in LPN school. It is rigorous, and even had some students drop out to go to the ASN program instead. They said it was easier. The main reason I think they felt this way is TIME. In LPN school they cram as much as they can into a short amount of time, whereas in ASN program more time is allowed to spend on subjects.

    I want my RN, and find it hard to get back into school with a full-time job and family. But I also am glad that I got my LPN first, allowing for skills and experience I would not have gained otherwise.

    Best of luck!
    ~Jodie
  6. by   dianee
    Congratualtions on choosing nurisng as your field. LPN's are great nurses and make a tremendous difference, but if you can do it, go directly into an RN program. I feel it will help you the most in the long run.

    Good Luck!
  7. by   NE.NURSE
    i was aLPN FOR 10 YEARS BEFORE I BECAME A rn. BUSY HAVING A FAMILY. BECAUSE I HAD TO WORK FULLTIME I WENT THROUGH REGENT COLLEGE OF NY. ITS A SELF PACE PROGRAM. IT IS AN OPTION YOU CAN CONSIDER. GET YOU LPN, AND THE EXPERIUENE IN A YEAR, THAN WORK FULL TIME WHILE YOU GO TO SCHOOL FOR YOUR R.N.

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    NE NURSE

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