I just turned 31 and for a while I've been contemplating going to school for nursing. Just recently I made a plan to do an LPN program, start working, then take an accelerated 1yr program to BSN. But I talked to a nursing professor who told me just go straight doe RN. I just can't seem to figure this out. And time is ticking.
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I went the LPN to RN route, but I was I was young and single and didn't know what I wanted to do with my life, so I had world enough and time to play around with things. It doesn't sound like you have the same latitude, being responsible for others.
IMHO: Go for your RN.
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My mom was in her mid 40s when she became an LPN. A couple of years later she graduated from Excelsior and became an RN, but she decided not to pursue her BSN.
It's honestly up to you. I had difficulties getting into RN/BSN programs, which is why I went the LPN route. I'm 28 right now. I've been blessed to have found a job out of nursing school and work for an organization that will reimburse me (after 6 months working, though). The hours will be long, but I will be working only 3 days a week. This will allow me to pursue my RN at the local CC. The only classes I'll need are a US History class and the nursing classes. After that I hope to get my BSN. Sure I'll be in my 30s by the time I pursue my BSN, but I feel by then I at least have some experience.
That was my mindset. Go for LPN, start working and hopefully have a job where they do tuition assistance/reimbursement that way the cost wouldn't be such a burden. A lot of the RN programs are hard to get into and typically accept applicants once a year.
I think it depends on the cost on the LPN vs RN programs you're considering. If congruent, I'd suggest an RN program since you'll have MUCH more earning potential. Where I'm from, there's almost a $10/hour difference in the hospital systems.
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