How did you choose between becoming an LPN or RN?

  1. 0 Should I take an LPN program tuition free or a BSN (not free)? I know it's not about the money in the long run but I'm not sure what job I would enjoy more. It would also be nice not to accumulate debt. I do want to advance later on in my career though. What helped you decide between becoming an LPN or an RN?

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  3. Visit  lilwonder profile page

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    From 'Gatineau, QC, CA'; 19 Years Old; Joined Feb '13; Posts: 14.

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  4. Visit  Mewsin profile page
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    It is a personal choice for sure. For me, location and time were my considerations. If I went RN it would be 4 years and a lot of driving(1.5hrs), LPN is 2 years and 10 mins away.
  5. Visit  michlynn profile page
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    I think it depends on where you would like to find a job. If you want to work in a hospital setting then definitely go for your BSN. Most hospitals don't even hire LPN's anymore. The place where I work wouldn't even hire me until I told them I was working on my BSN from an associate's.
  6. Visit  StrawberryEssence81 profile page
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    I chose going the lpn route first purely for financial reasons. I already have student loans from my undergrad degree and did not want to incur more debt when I went back to school. For me, it really doesn't matter if I start off working in long-term care because my salary will almost double b/c I currently work in retail.
  7. Visit  Mewsin profile page
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    Quote from michlynn
    I think it depends on where you would like to find a job. If you want to work in a hospital setting then definitely go for your BSN. Most hospitals don't even hire LPN's anymore. The place where I work wouldn't even hire me until I told them I was working on my BSN from an associate's.
    I always forget that the US is less likely to hire LPNs into the hospital. When I graduate I am going to work in the hospital here.
  8. Visit  lilwonder profile page
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    Quote from Mewsin
    I always forget that the US is less likely to hire LPNs into the hospital. When I graduate I am going to work in the hospital here.
    Thanks, I'm in Canada too Are you saying that LPNs can work in hospitals in Canada? That would really affect my decision because I definitely want to work in a hospital setting.
  9. Visit  thebuffychicken profile page
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    I would encourage you to just do the RN program. You will have so much more freedom in finding a job in the long run if you just crunch it out and get your RN. The LVN/LPN bridge to RN programs work, but honestly, if that is your long term goal, just do it at once.
  10. Visit  zoe92 profile page
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    I agree with buffychicken. If you are going to end up becoming a RN anyways, I would just do the extra year of work now & skip the LPN.
  11. Visit  Mewsin profile page
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    Quote from lilwonder
    Thanks, I'm in Canada too Are you saying that LPNs can work in hospitals in Canada? That would really affect my decision because I definitely want to work in a hospital setting.
    Yes we can work in hospitals, we can be charge nurses also. If you have a chance to go LPN tuition free, take it. 2 years of school instead of 4. From what I've heard the scope of practice for practical nurses is just expanding all the time, it is absolutely worth it.
  12. Visit  yourawonder profile page
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    Go for your LPN first, then if they offer it in your area take an LPN to RN transition course. This is what i planned to do, (but never did). All things considered, get your RN. As an LPN you end up doing a lot of what RN's can do, but for at least $5- $10 an hour less.


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