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Am I making a wise choice?

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by lesliemadren lesliemadren (Member) Member

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I ahve applied to a nursing program and waiting to hear if I was accepted. I applied to the LPN program due to the fact that I need to begin working as soon as possible but I have every intention of going on and getting my RN and BSN. My question is am I making a wise choice by doing this or am I just wasting time. Please keep in mind that My family needs for me to beging work as soon as I can. You know how this economy is.

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Sometimes hedging all your bets and applying to both programs is a good idea so that you have as many options as possible. If you get into the nursing school, while you're in nursing school, you can work per diem or part time as a nurse aide so that you're bringing in at least some income. Almost everyone I know is working while in nursing school the big difference being that it's mostly 5-24hours a week instead of 40. If you get into the LPN program than you'll graduate pretty quickly since they're generally not long programs and you can start work and as soon as your ready do the LPN to RN programs while you work. So I think you made a wise choice in applying to both programs. I hope you get in and it all works out. Good luck!

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Apply to both programs if you are ready at the same time. If you don't get into the RN program, proceed with the LPN program. Once you are working as an LPN, continue to apply to the RN program, or as many RN programs as are available to you, to include LPN to RN bridge programs. Wherever you get a place first is the one you should attend. If there is a time lag between getting your LPN license and getting into an RN program, take advantage of the opportunity to take other courses required for graduation or for a BSN program, so you are not standing still in the academic sense. Good luck with getting into a program soon.

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meluhn has 16 years experience and specializes in acute rehab, med surg, LTC, peds, home c.

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I would skip the LPN and go straight for the RN. Its only going to prolong everything and you can take your prereqs and work as a CNA while you are waiting to get in. It does take time to do the prereqs and I have never known people to do them all while in the nsg part as well. It is an associates degree but takes most people 3-4 years to complete.

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