have a question on which route to take

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    Hi, This is my first post here although I really have enjoyed reading through some of the threads. I am going to start school next mth to get my core classes done then I start an LPN program the following spring,
    my main goal is to become and RN in labor and delivery, My Dr who delivered all 4 of my children suggested I skip the LPN program and go strait to the RN program, I was thinking of working as an LPN for awhile then going for my RN so I would have the LPN experience first.
    What do you guys suggest?
    I do want to keep taking classes after I become an RN also, and I can't wait to help moms bring their new babies into this world, is working in L&D harder than other areas of nursing? to me it seems like it would be fun but then I don't know everything they do, my husband is also worried about the emotional aspect of nursing because if you told me your husbands, dads, daughters, friends, sister died I would cry,,
    also I am going to be 32 here soon,, is that to old to be starting a nursing career??
    Thanks in advance for any advice/suggestions
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    nobody???????????????/// no nurses have any advice ????
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    I am currently an LPN. I am presently taking classes for my RN. Initially, I didn't want to be an RN. I didn't want to be an RN until I actually got my first LPN job. If your ultimate goal is to become an RN you should definitely just go straight for it. A typical LPN program is about 2 years and then you can take an additional 2 years from LPN to get your RN. That's 4 years. You can get your Associate Degree in Nursing in 3 years or a Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing in 4 years. Why waste time?
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    my friend took her LPN, which she did full time and it took her 11 months. she also has a child and is a single parent, therefore she had no choice but to do the quickest nursing route so that she could work to support herself and her son. she now has gotten accepted to a lpn to rn bridge program that will take her about 1 year to complete...so all in all it will take her 2 years for an associates RN degree. (same as it would if she just went straight into an RN program) BUT she gets work experiance and makes a heck of a lot more $$ that what she would have if she didn't get her LPN first.

    I was going to do the LPN program if i don't get accepted to the RN program i want for this fall. that's my plan B since there are large waiting lists in my area for the RN programs....

    it's entirely up to you, if you feel that you would benifit more from the LPN first then go for it!! if you need the extra $$ to put yourself though RN school then that might help you!

    and 32 IS NOT TOOO OLD! i don't think anyone is ever too old to learn something new!


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