Another question, as I ponder whether I'll get into any school, LPN or RN, before I turn old and gray - does it matter where I go to school? Would my pay scale be higher if I graduated from a four-year college or a community college? Do employers look down their noses at tech school degrees? Would I get more job offers/better opportunities/ higher salary to start, if I got into a four-year college as a junior ( because of my previous bachelor's degree and then went on to get a bachelor's degree RN, then if I, say, got a two-year ADN community college degree?
There is a drastic difference in pay between LPNs and RNs. But for RNs, the difference in pay between nurses with associate's degrees and bachelor's degrees is very small, if there is any difference at all. I know in my area, LPNs make about $10/hr less than RNs...but the biggest difference in pay I've seen for new grad RNs is maybe $2/hr more for BSN than ADN. Many hospitals don't even do that, it's all the same pay scale for BSN/ADN.
As far as what school you go to, it probably doesn't matter. In most areas of the country, WE NEED NURSES. And we will need them even MORE by the time you graduate. Just make sure the school has a good pass rate for the boards - because having a license is the only way you'll get a job!!! :wink2:
ETA: If the debate comes down to LPN vs ADN vs BSN and all are viable options for you...go for the BSN, especially since it's still only a two year program for you. Down the line, you might want to advance and it's best to have that degree in your pocket. Why spend two years in an LPN or ADN program now, only to have to do two more years later on if you decide to get the BSN? Many grad schools want you to have your BSN if you go on to get a Master's degree in nursing. Some do accept bachelor's in other fields, but it makes things much easier to just have the BSN from the start. JMHO!!!
Last edit by Gompers on Sep 12, '05