If you had a choice.....

  1. If you had a choice, would you become an LPN first or do the RN first. Is it beneficial to do the LPN to RN. For those of you who have done it this way, do you regret it?
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  3. by   Achoo!
    I'd go for RN right away. Here once you finish the first year, you can sit for the LPN boards so why not?
  4. by   HappyJaxRN
    Hi there. I considered doing that, but realized that with 4 extra months of school, I could graduate as an RN. With a degree as an RN, I have more oppertunities and better pay. It all depends on what you're looking for and what you can do. Good luck with your decision.

  5. by   Spidey's mom
    The advice I was given was if my goal was to be a Registered Nurse, then go to school to be a RN.

    I did exactly that - did not do CNA or LVN.

    I turned out fine.

    I work with LVN's who regret not going for their RN first. They are working in LTC - which is an honorable place to work - but if that is not your goal (LTC) then don't do it.

    steph
  6. by   minnielynn
    Hmmm... I really want to be an RN, but waiting to get in the program gets so discouraging at times. I guess patience is a virtue. I don't think I can sit for the LPN boards in my RN Program, but then again I haven't asked. I'll call the school on monday and see if they offer that. Good idea
  7. by   firstaiddave907
    hi my name is david and iam prestnly a cna and im looking at going to lpn school in the next couple of months. whats the difference between a lvn and a lpn.
  8. by   mitchsmom
    Quote from nursedave907
    hi my name is david and iam prestnly a cna and im looking at going to lpn school in the next couple of months. whats the difference between a lvn and a lpn.
    I don't think there is any difference, I think they just use different terms in different areas of the country.
  9. by   mitchsmom
    Quote from minnielynn
    If you had a choice, would you become an LPN first or do the RN first. Is it beneficial to do the LPN to RN. For those of you who have done it this way, do you regret it?
    I would definitely go straight for your goal in the first place if at all possible.
  10. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    Quote from nursedave907
    hi my name is david and iam prestnly a cna and im looking at going to lpn school in the next couple of months. whats the difference between a lvn and a lpn.

    There's not any difference, as mitchsmom said. One is Practical, the other Vocational.

    Only Texas and California use the term LVN. (If I'm not mistaking.)




    I think if you want to be an RN go for the RN, but it would never hurt to do a short CNA course and work as a CNA while you are doing your pre-reqs, if you want.
  11. by   Jessy_RN
    I'd do whichever was available to me first. Personally RN if available.
  12. by   minnielynn
    Quote from Future_RN_Jess
    I'd do whichever was available to me first. Personally RN if available.
    That's just it, I can start the LPN Program first, actually all I am waiting for is my acceptance letter from the LPN Program, which I heard is on its way. Someone at work told me that if I do my LPN first then Nursing classes would be so much easier ........ :stone what to do....what to do.... I'm going to mull this over for a few weeks. Thank you all so much for your input. It looks like the RN would be the appropiate choice though

    Thanks again guys!!!!!!!
  13. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    Quote from minnielynn
    That's just it, I can start the LPN Program first, actually all I am waiting for is my acceptance letter from the LPN Program, which I heard is on its way. Someone at work told me that if I do my LPN first then Nursing classes would be so much easier ........ :stone what to do....what to do.... I'm going to mull this over for a few weeks. Thank you all so much for your input. It looks like the RN would be the appropiate choice though

    Thanks again guys!!!!!!!

    Good luck with whatever you decide to do.
  14. by   jhawk07
    I would only do the LPN if I was in need of having a job and money faster. If not I would do RN and i would do BSN. I am getting my BSN right now. It will provide me with more opportunity for advancement, some hospitals do pay BSNs more. And I can get my masters someday and become a supervisor or become a midwife and open my own birth clinic.

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