- 0Feb 16, '13 by jds72I am currently a CNA and want to start nursing school. I am so confused about going to LPN then RN or going straight to RN!! I have been told LPN school is really time consuming and you have no time for anything. If I go LPN I would only work Saturday and Sunday. If I go RN, I may be able to continue my 3 12 hour days at work. I need advise as to what people think would be my best route to take.
- 1Feb 16, '13 by ZombieMommaI'm in a similar position and everyone I come in contact with in the medical field tells me the same thing: Go straight for your RN, because no one is hiring LPN's. There is a constant cycle of hiring them and then HR deciding they should only hire RN's. Best to be safe I think.
- 0Feb 16, '13 by bTRUESame thing happened with me 4 years ago when i first became a CNA .... What I did was: listen to my gut. I truly felt that considering my young age and lack of patient interaction that I would benefit from LPN ( to gain basic nursing skills) then eventually go on to my RN . I basically wanted to gain experience. So I went to a local SUNY college and asked for information about Their LPN program... To my surprise the dean insisted I enroll in their RN BSN program instead, so I did. Literally the next day , I found out I got accepted into a different SUNY schools LPN program. What I'm trying to say is ... Take what you can get bc in my case I took the RN BSN spot bc it was 1st offered , but if the LPN ppl would have called me a day before then I would have never went to a different school to inquire about their nursing programs. Do wherever the wind takes you!
- 0Feb 16, '13 by Glycerine82, CNAIt all depends on your preferences. LPN programs are faster than RN but not by much. My local programs only have a two semester difference between them. That being said, in some cases one can finish faster by becoming a LPN first and then bridging.
As far as the difficulty level it varies by each school but I would imagine both are hard.
Personally I would choose whichever path gets me to the end result fastest.
- 0Feb 16, '13 by Free_2B_meOhhh see I just posted something about this in another area, new to the app. I have been a cna for.several years now,.Im just ready to move forward !! My kids deserve it. But I have NO.IDEA where to start or what to start studying for an entrance exam...if there is one? Or do they put you through basic classes first ??
- 0Feb 17, '13 by hodgieRNI'm kind of confused about your post. I read that you said LPN school is very time consuming, but if you got your RN, you would still be able to work normally. LPN is school is not more time consuming than RN school. Most students who get their RN don't have time for anything either. As a matter of fact, you probably will have less free time in RN school. RN school itself is 2 yr minimum. People have the ability to work in school, but holding a 36 hrs/week schedule will depend on your ability to sacrifice other things (friends, social life, sleep). If you go RN, your work schedule might only be part-time at maximum. LPN is shorter, but doing LPN to RN is longer than just getting your RN. LPN's are extremely knowledgeable and competent as nurses, but RN school is more involved. LPN school is 12-18 months while RN school is 24 months (but schools ends up being more like 3 years with pre-req and electives). Some can argue RN is harder because of length of school, added depth in courses like pharmacology, ethics, and endless essays. The NCLEX for RN's is harder. Don't be thrown off by hearing that LPN is time consuming b/c RN is same, if not worse. Both will put your life on hold. There is also a big difference in pay and scope of practice.