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- Oct 12, '09 by nurse_mo1986Quote from Joe N635DCYes, That is an accurate fact. I originally went to school to be a LPN three years ago. I currently work in a smaller hospital ICU. Am going back to get RN d/t restraints on LPN license and money diff. I make two thirds what my friends make as RN's.As far as the fast track comment. You may find that while some schools offer "advance standing"
for LPNs usually it is only for one semester out of a 4-8 semester brogram (ADN/BSN). I would still expect to have to do 75% to 90% of the original program. LPNs and RNs function a little differently in terms of scope of practice and the amount of responsibility that will be expected. This is primarily due to the additional educational prep given to the professional nursing student.
I suppose one plus is that while going back for RN you can at least work a few hours making decent money as an LPN. I am not really sure if it is true but I have heard from several RNs and LPNs that general med/surg LPNs do almost the same job and carry similar patient ratios for half the money with the main difference being the LPNs inability (due to scope of practice) to do IV push meds and a few other "select" procedures.
Can anyone verify if this is accurate at your facility?
- Oct 26, '09 by BigpeachyOne more guy joining the thread. I was a banker for about 15 years. Going for the second career. My wife is an RN. I start my RN program here in Virginia in January. Just finishing up Microbiology then the pre-reqs are done. It is really weird being in class with 20 something girls. Fun to look at but kind of lacking in the maturity dept. I am concerned about no other males being in my program. I think we have 36 spots and I have never seen a male in any of the nursing testing or meetings as of yet. This is going to be 2 years of the same people going to class and studying. Im sure it will be fine, but I wish some fellas were in my class so I can have a study buddy thats not even an issue for my wife.
- Oct 30, '09 by theykallmekemim another guy nurse student also known as "Murse". lol. guys make great nurses cause we are much stronger (physically) for those tough patient situations.
- Nov 3, '09 by dingoatemebabyanother fellow XY joining the cause, start at Curry College, MA in January for accelerated BSN!!!
- Nov 25, '09 by McFly85Here's another! Just finished my BScN in Toronto. There's a lot more just graduating too!
- Nov 26, '09 by PokytrokytQuote from McFly85I'm not familiar with Canadian degrees. What's a BScN?Here's another! Just finished my BScN in Toronto. There's a lot more just graduating too!
Also, I hear a lot of Canadian nurses choose to work in the States. Do those folks have to take our NCLEX, or is there a Canadian version that's accepted here?
Thanks and congrats!
- Nov 26, '09 by McFly85BScN = Bachelor of Science in Nursing
I hear there's a few nurses that decide to move down to the U.S. Pay is a bit better, and some hospitals pay for airfare and accommodations for a certain period of time. As well, there may be incentives such as relocation money.
As far as I know, Canadian nurses must take the NCLEX. The only exception I've heard of is if you're working in Texas. The Canadian license is transferable to that state only.
- Nov 26, '09 by PokytrokytSort of off topic, but I was wondering if Canada has a nursing shortage, too? I'm thinking about travel nursing once I'm done with my BSN. It would be nice if US travel nurses could work in Canada, too.
- Nov 29, '09 by Mr I CareI am a male student and proud to become a nurse. I start ADN program in Jan10. We should title this forum the resurgence of male nurses.
- Dec 12, '09 by PeaceKeeprOne of the few in my program. Just finished my 1st semester of my ADN. When the semester started we had approx. 110 students, of which there were about 10 or 12 guys...At the final we were down to about 50-60 students and maybe 6-8 guys...
6 classes and counting!