Would It Be Better To Be A Lpn First, Then Go For Rn? - page 4

HI.. DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY ADVICE?? WOULD IT BE EASIER TO GO FOR LPN FIRST BEFORE JUMPING INTO RN PROGRAM?? IM NERVOUS ABOUT ALL THE MATH AND CHEMISTRY CLASSES FOR RN THEY SEEM TO BE REALLY HARD. SO... Read More

  1. by   suanna
    Be careful!, Once you get your LPN you start a lifestyle that requires working as an LPN- Its tougher to stop and return to school. The year you spend getting your LPN is almost half way to an ADN. Honestly, if you are not able to cut it in the basic math and sciences I'm not sure how effective you would be in eather path. You mignt try taking a prereq. math or a science course before making you final decision. Learning is never a waste and you may be supprised how well you do.
    As far as my fellow posters- basic Chem. is required for all science degrees. When nursing dumbs down its requirements since "you aren't going to use it much" it moves closer to a technical certification and further from a profession. To have your B.S. in any field should indicate at least a basic understanding of science, sociology, logic, history, ethics... Nursing care in todays hospitals require bright articulate people who have a good understanding of the science behind thier care.
  2. by   Tweety
    Quote from suanna
    Be careful!, Once you get your LPN you start a lifestyle that requires working as an LPN.........
    I whole heartedly agree. This is another good reason to go for your goals immediately if possible. I know many LPNs who intended to go back, and still do, but years go buy, family obligations pop up, they get used to making a certain salary and don't have the time or energy left to pursue their degree. Kind of like me who took 15 years to start my BSN when I swore that I would "just take a year off".
  3. by   jmking
    I finally got accepted in an RN program. It's the same school I graduated with my LPN. I think it's okay to get your LPN first. It just depends depend where you are in life. I make a nice wage that helping me save for school and I have a nice job with lots of down time that will allow for me to study while attending classes.

    Regardless of the creditials you are always a nurse!

    Jennifer LPn
  4. by   itsmyturn
    I guess it depends on your school. In the community college where I got some of my pre-reqs finished, there were not two separate programs, only the R.N. program and one waiting list that put the current LPN's at the top of the list then students without nursing liscences came next, even though the LPNs only took part of the program. Go figure.
  5. by   CRNA2007
    Ummm, there are two year nursing degrees as well. It's called an ASN



    Quote from Fiona59
    Not everyone can afford four years at university. The Pn Diploma guarantees an income for people who can't afford to do it.

    Plus, it will also weed out those who think they want to be a nurse and suddenly find that dealing with the human body and its functions isn't what they really want to do.

    Education in any form is NEVER a waste of money.
  6. by   NC Girl BSN
    If you can get into a RN program, then I say go for it. But if you are put on a wait list for a couple years and have an opportunity to get into a LPN program while you wait and its not too expensive then go that route while you wait. I had to take this route because of the wait and I'm glad I did but I long to have my RN. Oh by the way, math and science are a piece of cake compared to all those critical thinking test in nursing.
  7. by   mariamsally
    Hi-reading this thread with interest. I am on the wait list for LPN, which is one to two years. RN wait list here is 4 years. I needed to re-take all my bio classes, since they are all over 7 years old. I am 46 and just got my certification as a CNA.
    It is very disheartening to see all the sniping that goes on between LPN/RN. Aren't we all nurses? (Thank you moderator for stopping that.)
    The reason I am doing LPN first, then RN is because of the wait list. I long to be an RN, as I did when I graduated high school. (life being what life is, things turned out differently); however I am doing it NOW and that is what is important.
    School has been easy for me, so that's not the issue, the issue with me is the WAIT to get into the program. I find it incredibly frustrating..........
    I simply don't understand the wait. There's such a shortage, yet there's an incredible wait list out there with lots of people just sitting around stewing and waiting to get into the program.
    My goal is by the time I'm 50 I'm either starting RN school or finishing up.
    It's never to late to be what one wants to be.
    At least I'll have my foot in the door and lots of experience as an LPN while I wait for RN school
  8. by   BMXMom
    At the school I attend, the first year of your schooling allows you to take the LPN board. We had to do the math and chemistry. Even as an LPN our school tests you out on math for meds. Honestly, chemistry was one of my easiest courses of the nursing program.
  9. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from CRNA2007
    Ummm, there are two year nursing degrees as well. It's called an ASN

    Fiona lives in Canada, which has a different educational system than the US does. In addition, not everyone is interested in obtaining even their ASN. Doesn't mean something is wrong with them.
  10. by   Selene006
    I am currently an LPN and I applied into a BSN program a couple of months after graduation from LPN school. I received an instant entry into the BSN program based on my LPN status and the fact that I had about 3 electives to take along with the rest of the BSN curriculum (I also have an AA in Biological Science). Now that I am taking the BSN courses, I work as an LPN 20 hours a week, and the BSN program will take me a year and a half to complete. It has worked out in my favor! Working as an LPN is giving me plenty of nursing/ supervisory experience, and I am paying for my tuition (and my other bills!) as I complete the BSN program.
  11. by   Dawn674
    I also am doing the LPN to RN route. I also questioned if this was the best way for me to become an RN but in the end the endless waiting lists made this the way to go. I'm excited about becoming an LPN and I think it's a great way to enter the nursing world. :spin:
  12. by   MissCre
    Selene006,

    May I ask where you will be doing your BSN program? Your post inspires me because I am planning on going the LVN to RN route. I just got into an LVN program and will be finished next May. I have taken all of the general eds and prereqs for the RN program and have been waiting for a year+ to get into a program. To no avail... So it is encouraging to hear that you were able to get into a BSN program right away AND be able to work as an LVN at the same time. Your situation is the best case scenario to me... thank you for your post!
  13. by   Selene006
    Miss Cre,
    I am doing my BSN at Salem State College. Before becoming an LPN, I too, applied to mulptiple RN programs as a generic student and became frustrated with the waiting lists and excuses. While I was waiting to get into RN school, I ended up just earning an AA and I happened to get accepted into LPN school at that time. Being delayed into an RN program has certainly paid off! :spin:

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