Quote from RNKittyKat
In Florida, one can sit for the LPN boards following completion of second semester of RN school. I will have covered two semesters of med/surg, some OB and some Peds by the end of the year. However, I'm concerned about readiness. As an LPN, I'll be responsible for everything the RN does except, I believe, hang blood. I haven't even inserted a foley into a real live person yet.
There are only a couple of people at my facility who have been offered the LPN orientation following second semester. I'm told I may be next which makes me feel honored. I'm afraid I will be putting too much pressure on myself at a time when I should be concentrating on school if I do it then. Another choice would be to wait till I complete third semester. I'll have a whole summer to take the boards and concentrate on orientation. OR, I can just work as a PCT till I graduate which is a mere 6 months up the road. I'll have to put out money for all of these state exams. Would it pay?
Have you had opportunity to precept or observe a second semester RN student/new LPN?
Please people, I am not trying to start an RN vs LPN thing here. Just listen with an open mind, please.
Many BON assume a partially prepared RN can work competantly as an LPN. And a partially prepared RN can probably pass the NCLEX-PN, by the skin of their teeth! The education is different, not just longer for RN.
If someone goes part way through RN school and for whatever reason can't finish s/he could probably go on to be an LPN. The time and energy would be available to devote to developiing the nursing skills you didn't get in school. However, you will still be going to school and should not try to learn two things at a time. Granted, they are both nursing and the learning will be very much alike. But! not in the same order. Know what I mean? School is hard enough without expecting yourself to learn a new job and continue you education and have a life!
If money is VERY needed and you can't make it on the tech salary, you may have to do it, but if you can get by in the pt tech salary don't push yourself more than you have to.