I just joined today and I have plenty of questions!
I'm in great debate over which route to take, either LPN or BSN. BSN is the way I want to go but, I have an awful lot of work to do to get there!
I'm 28 years old and feel that I will be ancient by the time I'd get done schooling. First off, I have 2 semesters of upgrading to do to get into the BSN program ( i need to take chem 20, math 20, then do math and chem 30, redo biology 30 and I have to rewrite my Eng 30 exam). This will bring me to 2009 and I won't be able to apply for BSN until fall of 2009. Then will be the 4 years of schooling after all that is said and done.
Going the LPN route would be much easier for me academically, I wouldn't have to do hardly any upgrading but, there is a waiting list to get in.
Could someone please give me the basic idea of the difference between being an RN and LPN? What is the difference in job duties exactly?
I know the area of specialty I would like to work in (NICU, peds or labor and delivery) but, should I bite the bullet and do what I need to to become an RN or put myself on the waiting list fro LPN?