Cant decide if should start out as LPN or go RN?

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    Im a Medical Assistant, not certified. Im wanting to do this online. I want to be an RN Im not getting younger so would like to go the quickest route. Im very experienced now over 10 years. Do you think it would be faster to just do the RN and get it done and over? Or Do the LPN and work as one while doing the RN. Either way I want to get the RN done within 2years if possible. And figured that getting the LPN isnt where I want to stay so thought going all out and do the RN online and what I cant go do else where would be the thing to do. Would appreciate some remarks on those that did it either way. And if you were sorry you did it the way you did.And any other tips that will help me decide. Im so ready to get this done!! I was married and my ex wouldnt let me finish school, so now we are done and older I can finally finish my dream! Thank you all so much, I can't wait to read your remarks!
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    Personally I would say if you can afford to go direct to RN then that is the route to go especially if LPN isn't really what you want to do
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    I will be going to school for LPN this fall (fingers crossed when I take the TEAS) and I plan on working as an LPN while I do LPN-RN or possibly BSN on-line. That way I can work, gain some experience, and get my RN in the process on -line. I have been a CNA for 17 yrs and I feel that (for me) it is more of a learning experience to go from CNA-LPN-RN. That way I can experience the workplace working as all three at one time or another. I would better understand the roles and responsibilities of each job. As a CNA I have worked with nurses who have been former CNA's and some who have not. Thru MY EXPERIENCE, those who were former CNA's were more understanding of my job and had more patience with me. I feel that ( for me ) I would make a more empathetic nurse when I can say to a CNA that I understand the frustrations and the pressure and I know where they are coming from. But that is my opinion as what would be best for me. Everyone is different and what you decide to do is what you feel is best for you.
    Good Luck !
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    There are some LPN schools here that have a 1 to 1 program with OCCC and OSU-OKC. You go to the TECH school for your LPN, and then are guaranteed entranced into the RN program immediately following. This way you can work as an LPN while getting your RN, but you are also getting your RN in the same shot (no time in between). I did not do this, so I can't give you anymore info about it, I just know others who have gone this route. Personally, I did LPN first, and then spent 5 years getting my pre-reqs for RN done, and am now doing LPN to RN. I don't like how I did it, but don't know how I could have changed what I did.
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    me personally...i went to ma school, did ma/phlebotomy for 7.5 years, then went to a private school to do lpn....i have been a lpn for almost 1 year and i wish i would of just went to rn school and gotten it over with....since lpn school and credits don't apply to any colleges here in this part of oklahoma (ne) i have to start with my prereqs unless i go to a private college and spend quadruple to do it a few months quicker. there are not many jobs for lpn's, esp if you are looking at specialties. i have had the hardest time finding a decent job with decent pay. so that is just my opinion, but i hope it helps.
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    Quote from jeepngrl
    Im a Medical Assistant, not certified. Im wanting to do this online.
    I know that my response is coming somewhat late, but be aware that you cannot do this completely online. Even if you take online classes, the state requires all nursing students to attend a predetermined number of clinical hours in person. Your clinical rotations involve direct, hands-on patient care that you cannot learn through the internet.

    I had to complete 954 clinical hours for my LVN/LPN program since this type of nursing license has more of an orientation to the completion of skills and tasks. Therefore, I had to attend three 8-hour clinical shifts per week for one year.

    I completed about 300 clinical hours during my RN bridge program. This consisted of attending one 8-hour clinical shift per week.
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    Quote from lpnstace
    me personally...i went to ma school, did ma/phlebotomy for 7.5 years, then went to a private school to do lpn....i have been a lpn for almost 1 year and i wish i would of just went to rn school and gotten it over with....since lpn school and credits don't apply to any colleges here in this part of oklahoma (ne) i have to start with my prereqs unless i go to a private college and spend quadruple to do it a few months quicker. there are not many jobs for lpn's, esp if you are looking at specialties. i have had the hardest time finding a decent job with decent pay. so that is just my opinion, but i hope it helps.
    i am in ne ok also..i have my interview tomorrow for lpn school.
    what kind of problems have you been experiencing finding a job ??
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    I'm assuming (hoping) you've made some decision by now? Anyhow, I'll toss this out:

    If your current job will work with you, go for the RN. I just finished my ADN with Rose State (on-line), and while doing that while working (mostly) full-time wasn't easy, it would have been impossible without time-off, and encouragement from my boss- as well as my wife!

    If your current job may not be willing to work with you over the next 2-3 years, I'd go LPN, and get a job with a clinic or hospital. they're generally happy to have you go to nursing school, and many have tuition reimbursement and/or scholarships. Good luck!
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    Quote from Rob72
    I'm assuming (hoping) you've made some decision by now? Anyhow, I'll toss this out:

    If your current job will work with you, go for the RN. I just finished my ADN with Rose State (on-line), and while doing that while working (mostly) full-time wasn't easy, it would have been impossible without time-off, and encouragement from my boss- as well as my wife!

    If your current job may not be willing to work with you over the next 2-3 years, I'd go LPN, and get a job with a clinic or hospital. they're generally happy to have you go to nursing school, and many have tuition reimbursement and/or scholarships. Good luck!
    How was Rose states RN program? Was it challenging to do it online?
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    Quote from LovelyDoll
    How was Rose states RN program? Was it challenging to do it online?
    I am wondering this as well. I will start the online program (hopefully) in January. I will be working full-time (I have no choice, but my boss is very understanding) and I am a single mom. I would love to hear about your experience with the program!

    Amanda


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