LPN or RN.....please help : )

  1. Hi all

    After many years of fear, I have decided to become a nurse. I've known my character has shown I have the heart, and compassion to be a nurse, but my problems with math and science have always prevented me from pursuing this goal. A few months ago I decide to become a Radiologic Technologist, and picked up a job as an assistant to them to see what the job was like. For me, there isn't enough patient contact, so I began talking with nurses in the hospital I work for, and with their encouragement, I have decided to pursue my dream. I have waited many years for this, and I want to get it done as soon as I can. I first thought of becoming an RN through a two year program. Realistically, this may take four years because I need to work full-time and go to school part time. Today, another option occured to me.....should I go to school to become an LPN, which I could get through faster, allowing me to get into the field, then take additional classes to get my RN degree?

    I would be very interested in hearing from anyone with suggestions/help/encouragement. I know nursing can be challenging and rewarding, and I have heard both pros and cons of this field. However, I truly believe this is the job for me, but I want to be smart about it. I'm just excited to be out there helping people, and I want to reach that goal asap So, fellow health care providers.........any suggestions? Should I go for my LPN, and pick the the extra classes for my RN while I'm an LPN, or wait for what seems like an eternity, and forge ahead for the RN now?

    Thank you for all the help!!

    Last edit by lmolvr on Mar 2, '03
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    LPN (finally) and soon-to-be-RN student


  3. by   JMP

    Don't let fear stop you from doing ANYTHING.

    Since I have been down the road already and can tell you in retrospect- DO YOUR RN. More jobs, more opportunity and more scope.

    Dont' let fear stop you from doing it. Ambition, drive, energy and the commitment to do well. Those are the things you need. Math, science can all be LEARNED. Many have done it. YOU CAN TOO!
  4. by   fab4fan
    If you do a "search" on this topic, you'll see it's been discussed at length in the past, with some very good advice.

    Search it and see if you get some of your questions answered.