LPN. or RN - page 3

by gapeacheykeen 28,983 Views | 67 Comments

I recently relocated due to a nasty divorce, I have been trying to figure out which to do. LPN or BSN. I was waiting for the in-state tuition to kick in before I made a decision. (In Arkansas the wait is only 6 mo ) I really... Read More


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    I was wondering that too. Is it a requirement in AK that you must have your LPN prior to getting your RN??
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    Quote from sali22
    Why would you have to get your lpn first?
    In the programs in Arkansas the LPN classes can be put toward the ADN program and because they require you to have an LPN before they will admit You to the program.
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    Quote from gapeacheykeen
    In the programs in Arkansas the LPN classes can be put toward the ADN program and because they require you to have an LPN before they will admit You to the program.
    ....So there is no such thing as a RN only school? you don't have BSN programs? Every RN in Arkansas has been an LPN? that really weird and kind of whacky.

    Is RN school only a year long there for the ADN?


    If thats the case i guess you don't have a choice and I think that you should further your education to become an RN.
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    There also is a 4 year school. My mother has been a nurse(BSN) for 30 years. I asked her opinion and she told me just be an Lpn, its not worth it being an RN. I tried to question her further for her reasons, but She wouldn't discuss it further. So I wanted other opinions to see if other people felt that it was useless getting. I thank everyone for their opinions. Its going to help me quite a bit.
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    Well im no nurse (yet) but an lpn from my research in my area, lpns are limited as where they can work and arent compensated fairly imo. Rns and lpns duties are extremely similar and I have no idea why your mom would say dont be an rn... Well good luck! And I would love to hear from you when you decide
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    RN's get paid much better than LPN's, but most facilities are now leaning towards wanting to hire RN's with their bachelor degrees. The LPN program is definitely shorter, and if you need an income right away, it is a good route to go, but if you have the means to be able to go the RN route, it will pay out much better in the long run. I just got my LPN license and am going into the RN program now. Our wait in Arizona to get into the RN program is almost 3 years. Good luck to you!
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    Where you able to get an LPN job right away sherripattersonaz
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    I'm not sure if you're getting correct information. I just did a simple, quick search for ADN programs in Arkansas and none of them required an LPN prior to beginning your ADN. You CAN do bridge programs from LPN to ADN and while you can get an ADN quicker if you already have your LPN, you're still adding quite a few unnecessary semesters to your studies. I'd advise you to go for your RN, either via ADN or BSN. I know the nursing world is full of rumors, but in Georgia the rumor is that LPNs are being phased out. If it's true, I'm sure it's probably on the way in other states. Also, as somebody else already stated, you can usually work as a Tech after your first semester of nursing school, so paying for the CNA to work through nursing school may be redundant.
    It's a tough decision to make; however, if you want more options later, you should front load with the RN. I'd hate to see you get the CNA, then the LPN, then turn around and still have to get your RN if you could have bypassed the other programs in the first place.
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    This really shouldn't be a drawn out answer session but, just for fun, I'll add to the fray:

    As many said before, assuming you have the ability of time and tuition, go BSN and avoid even thinking about LPN/LVN as an option.

    There will be LPN/LVN thinking that what I just said was harsh/ignorant but if you have the motivation and academic know-how to start out at a professional level, then you should. Many nursing organizations are striving to change the image of Nursing as a profession and, truthfully, the origin and scope of the LPN/LVN is not a professional one; even if there are many working LPNs/LVNs who are extremely adept and knowledgeable. All things being even, an RN with a Bachelor's (or higher) degree will always have a leg up on an LPN/LVN with a certificate/diploma. Unfortunately, all things are almost never even and that's why it's so easy for an LVN/LPN with 20 years experience in the same hospital to shame a New Grad BSN who can barely insert an IV or pass a PO med without dropping the little cup. Either way, good luck!
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    Well first step is CNA, its required to be certified before admittance to the BSN program. Gotta have a job to go to school, so this part is a win-win. In all of the ADN programs being an LPN is a requirement. You may have missed the small print the websites for the colleges, I have poured over several websites. Once admitted to a Bsn program I can apply for student nursing jobs, the only thing I wonder is how much they pay. Hopefully more than cna pay. I know each state has different programs, some make sense and others seem odd. At least the LPN program really does build onto the ADN program....so it can be considered a win in the programs.


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