LPN. or RN - page 7
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... Read More
Jul 29, '12 by VocationofalifetimeHello,
I've been in nursing over 20 years, first as CNA since I was 14 and in high school, and then as an LPN since 1993. I work in a home health company today (over ten years now) for pediatrics, although, my company does hire LPNs for adults as well. To make a long story short, I am now completing my BSN, after contemplating walking away from nursing altogether because of the limitations of my LPN diploma here on the East Coast.
In the Midwest, I have worked in facilities in both LTC and CD, and loved them both, however, I would not be even considered today because I don't have an RN license. Despite all of my experience, as a CNA and EMT prior to getting my LPN, and including LTC, CD, and Peds, I cannot even get a call back by a facility of any kind when submitting my resume. (Incidentally, after the recession hit, my hours were cut from 32 to only 4 a week, and I put out over 100 applications; I was called back for two positions and was hired by both. I called every hospital, rehab center, LTC facility and surgical center in the Philly area, to inquire about LPN positions, and only one individual called me back to inform me that the center did not hire LPNs.)
My opinion is to just get you BSN, and you will have some flexibility and opportunity in nursing that you will never be considered for as an LPN. As I get older in this profession, I'm also realizing that I may not have the physical strength to lift 80-100 pounds several times during a shift. Thus, I have to think about transitioning out of direct patient care to management. I cannot make this transition without a BSN.
Back in 1990, my nursing instructor told me to go directly to a BSN program after I graduated from my LPN program. I graduated top in my class and loved my profession. I wish I had done as she had suggested.
Thanks for posting your question! Good luck to you, and keep looking forward!
LeslieLast edit by Vocationofalifetime on Jul 29, '12 : Reason: misspelling
Dec 5, '12 by student foreverQuote from AJPVAdditionally, if you are at one place all those years, factor in the seniority, medical benefits, retirement accrued, etc along with these other factors...If you factor in all the financial variables (ADN versus BSN tuition cost, 2 extra years of earning RN salary rather than still being unlicensed during your junior & senior years in a traditional 4-year BSN program, being able to capitalize on a hospital paying your BSN bridge tuition), you stand to come out ahead by well over $100k if you pursue your ADN first.
the tortise and the hare...