I'm not a nurse but was wondering if I could get some info

  1. Hello everyone I was just wondering if you could help me with a few questions I have.I'm a 25 year old housewife and I,v wanted to go into the nursing field for awhile but I got married and had kids at te age of 18 and I got sidetracked.I was wondering if It too late to consider going to school for lpn or rn since I'm now 25,how do I choose between lpn and rn as in which is better career wise,and I have my high school diploma but do you have to show it to start school for rn or lpn?I had a house fire so I just need to know if I will need to request a copy?Any replies will be helpful,thanks
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  3. by   P_RN
    Heaven's no you are NOT too old!!! I graduated at age 30. There was a 67 year old in my class at the time!

    Most schools will require either a highschool diploma or a GED certificate. As far as the actual paper diploma I don't think it is needed. Just give them the name of the school, address and date of graduation. They will also most likely want your SAT or ACT test scores sent to them.

    You will make more money as an RN. It is also a longer course.
    Look up some of the schools near you. Colleges and Junior Colleges are your best bets. Write for a catalog and read the requirements. Good luck!
  4. by   RNforLongTime
    Hi Stoneyswife,

    No you are never too old--learning is a lifelong process! As far as career opportunities go. more are available to you with an RN license. Your high school should be able to verify that you graduated. I never had to show mine when I applied to college. Most colleges and post-secondary educational schools require that a transcript be sent to them directly from your high school.
    Check around in your area and see if there are some hospital based RN programs--if not your best bet would be a 2 year junior college which would give you an ADN(assocoates degree in nursing). Also most hospital based programs are 2 years long anyhow. whatever it is you decide to do, godd luck. We definietly need more nurses in our profession!

  5. by   TracyB,RN
    go for it i just completed an lpn to rn transition program in december 2000. no regrets. majority of women in my class were returning to school after their children completed high school.
  6. by   stoneyswife98
    Thank you all very much for the information.It was very helpful and I've decided to go for Rn.I will definetly remember all of the advice you all have given,and again thanks alot
    Last edit by stoneyswife98 on Jun 24, '01