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Choosing The Best Route

by bro4shoe bro4shoe (New) New

Hello All,

Well I just had a few questions/concerns/worries. I have had my heart set on Nursing School for a while, and I just don't know what the best route would be because of the ridiculous waiting lists.

I am right now living in San Diego, but I am willing to relocate to other parts of California, or even out of state.

I was just wondering what your suggestions are about possibly getting my LVN first, and then getting into an LVN-RN Program. Ultimately I want to get my BSN, so you think would be a good route? Or should I try to get into just a straight RN school through a community college? Or how is Maric College??

I would really love anyones two cents because I am getting a little discouraged by the waiting lists alone!!

Please help ease my anxiety!!!:mad:


Specializes in ICU, Cardiology, Mother/Baby, LTC.


I would just go ahead and attend a community college, and get my RN. Some do the LVN/LPN route, and then continue their education, and some never do finish. I would just go ahead and get my RN. It is only a year's difference in education, and believe me, it goes by fast. The 2 yr. comm. college route is the route I chose. I am so glad that I did. Whatever route that you choose, enjoy it, and take time to breathe, and have a little fun, too!!

Good luck!!:heartbeat:heartbeat:heartbeat


Specializes in Day program consultant DD/MR.

I did LVN 1st for a number of different reasons. I do not regret my decision. I am now working as an LVN making decent money while I am working on gen/core classes for the LVN to BSN via Indiana State University online route. I think if you really want the RN you will find the motivation to continue on after the LVN. IMO I know everyone's circumstances are different but if you have the will nothing will stop you from ultimatly reaching your RN status, no matter what route you choose. GOOD LUCK!!!!


Specializes in Critical Care. Has 4 years experience.

I recommend going straight for your RN via Community College. My reason for this is because I have seen a trend in the phasing out of LPN/LVN's in the hospital setting.

CABG patch kid, BSN, RN

Specializes in Telemetry, CCU.

I sent you a private message about a school with no waiting list (university/BSN program). Good luck in whatever choice you make


Specializes in Home Care, Hospice, OB.

i would add that the "best route" is like the "best spacing" between children--it varies from person to person, and you have to decide what works for you. a lot of it is based on your financial and family situation. i money isn't a problem and you don't have family obligations, i'd consider going straight for your bsn while you are younger.

otherwise, i agree that your adn is your best bet. lpn's are paid quite a bit less, and for the lpn-rn transition time, you might as well get the rn out of the box.:twocents:

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