LPN or ADN? - page 2

by VanessaBlueEyes

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The local community college offers a LPN program. I'm thinking LPN equals getting your foot in the door. Faster schooling. Faster to a paycheck. My husband tells me he has heard LPN is Low Pay Nurse. All of the... Read More


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    I became an LPN in July 2008. I always knew RN is my goal. Around here, getting into the nursing programs is very difficult and very competitive. The LPN to RN bridge programs are much easier to get into b/c by the 2nd year, there are a lot of open seats available due to people dropping out in the first 2 semesters or failing out. So I wasn't competing for 1 of 100 seats with 300 other people. I was only competing with a handful of people. I am set to graduate the 2nd wk of May.

    Doing the LPN to RN route worked for me. It was much more costly in the end, but it was what was best for me and my family at the time. I still had to do all of the pre-reqs that any other student would have to do in order to get into the program, but I was allowed to skip the first year of the nursing classes and begin in the 2nd year of the classes.

    Not all States have the bridge option so it might not be something you can do.
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    I really think it depends on your individual situation and where you live. Also, do you want to go on to get an ADN, BSN, MSN, PhD? This topic comes up a lot on allnurses. I would search past related posts for more opinions. I am working on my BSN. I would like to go on to get my MSN, so this was the best option for me.
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    Great info and advice. Thanks so much!
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    Excellent! Thanks so much!
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    I applied to both an LVN and ADN program and whatever program I get into I will be happy with. If I get into the ADN program then I will take advantage of that oppertunity and do that route, but if I dont I have already been told that that "there should be no reason that [I] shouldnt be accepted into the LVN program" by the admissions person at the college. I too want to get my foot in the door and start working as a nurse and get some experience under my belt. My long term goal is to become a FNP so I still have a long way to go but it will all be worth it.
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    Quote from CT Pixie
    I became an LPN in July 2008. I always knew RN is my goal. Around here, getting into the nursing programs is very difficult and very competitive. The LPN to RN bridge programs are much easier to get into b/c by the 2nd year, there are a lot of open seats available due to people dropping out in the first 2 semesters or failing out. So I wasn't competing for 1 of 100 seats with 300 other people. I was only competing with a handful of people. I am set to graduate the 2nd wk of May.

    Doing the LPN to RN route worked for me. It was much more costly in the end, but it was what was best for me and my family at the time. I still had to do all of the pre-reqs that any other student would have to do in order to get into the program, but I was allowed to skip the first year of the nursing classes and begin in the 2nd year of the classes.

    Not all States have the bridge option so it might not be something you can do.
    Thank you!!!
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    Quote from britthohenbrink
    I applied to both an LVN and ADN program and whatever program I get into I will be happy with. If I get into the ADN program then I will take advantage of that oppertunity and do that route, but if I dont I have already been told that that "there should be no reason that [I] shouldnt be accepted into the LVN program" by the admissions person at the college. I too want to get my foot in the door and start working as a nurse and get some experience under my belt. My long term goal is to become a FNP so I still have a long way to go but it will all be worth it.
    Thank you! Good Luck!
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    LPN gets paid a lot less then an RN. LPN's are really only in nursing homes (the pay is less there for nurses too). I went right from CNA to the RN. I wasn't interested in becoming an LPN. I'm not a nurse yet, but I just got my acceptance letter for fall 2013 entrance for the RN program. Good luck.
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    I'm in Michigan, too. I got my LPN and plan to get my RN. Getting my LPN first worked for my family. I have worked in both the hospital & LTC setting. Yes, RNs make more than LPNs. As an LPN in the hospital, I stated out making a little more than $17/hr. In LTC, I started at $22 an hour. I know a couple LPNs who started at $27/hr. So it depends on the facility. LPNs are hired by many LTCs here in Michigan & will make more than in a hospital. However, it is more difficult to find hospital jobs add an LPN here. Many do not hire LPNs anymore. And if you get hired by a hospital, you are limited to what you can do compared to what you can do in LTC. Good luck in whatever you decide
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    Quote from MommaTy
    LPN gets paid a lot less then an RN. LPN's are really only in nursing homes (the pay is less there for nurses too). I went right from CNA to the RN. I wasn't interested in becoming an LPN. I'm not a nurse yet, but I just got my acceptance letter for fall 2013 entrance for the RN program. Good luck.
    Actually the nursing homes usually pay more per hour to the nurse than the hospitals do in my state.


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