Quote from bucfan
Thanks so much for your reply. I definitely do want to end up with an RN. I guess I just don't want to commit to such a long program without knowing if this is the right path for me. I really want to shadow a nurse to see what their days are like. Do you know if this is possible? There are so many different programs - LPN, RN, BSN - what's the difference. Why RN over LPN? I really appreciate any insight or advice you can give!
Yes, call either a hospital or School of Nursing to find out about shadowing.
Here in NJ LPNs work very little in acute care. Hospitals have stopped hiring them. They work mostly in rehab and in nsg homes. They aren't able to do as many things as the RN.
The RN title is the "registered professional nurse" and is the highest nursing license. An RN can have an Associate's, Bachelor's or Master's. Of course, like many careers, the more education, the more opportunities.
This is just my opinion, and I'm sure some LPNs might argue with it, but if you're worried about the time frame to get to your goal, you'll be very limited with an LPN and you might regret all the time you invested in that just to end up being able to do very litttle and being very limited. You will find yourself on an endless journey to get to the RN.
Look at Associate Degree Programs. They will accept a lot of your college credits and you can jump right into the sciences and nursing classes.
What do you think you'd like to do? Kids, ER, publilc health, OR, critical care, neonatal?? What's drawing you to nursing?