Hi, I'm 29 yrs old, a mother of 2 and one on the way. I'm seriously considering RN or LPN. I must take a few courses first like Bio, Math (to bring up my marks); I'm starting that in September. I was a stay at home mom for my other kids, but this time I've decided to do things differently (I'm due next month). One day I'm all excited and determined I'm going to go all the way with RN, and the next day I change my mind to LPN again. I just keep going back and forth, back and forth. I'm a little obsessed. I'm very excited about going back to college and doing something for myself. It's all I think about. BUT...here are the things that worry me about taking RN. First of all, the price of the course. If I get a loan and quit or fail I'm so screwed
. We cannot afford that at ALL. Also, I wasn't strong in math in high school, and heard people say that if they had not been strong in math they wouldn't have made it through it. Now, if I take LPN everything is covered for, daycare, gas, the course itself etc. But here in Canada, you can't go from an LPN to an RN. In other words you don't get any credit towards your RN at all. It's completely two different things. It would take me 2 yrs to do my LPN, and then if I decide to go for my RN, it would take me another 4 yrs. In a way I feel if I don't go for my RN right away I'm just wasting time. I also wonder if I have what it takes. In high school, marks were really NOT my priority. I was into boys and parties. I finally graduated but with very LOW grades. Now that I'm an adult my priorities have changes of course, but I'm scared RN would just be too hard for me. I don't know, maybe I don't give myself enough credit. It's such a hard decision. Thanks in advance!!!
Feb 22, '05
It is possible to bridge in Canada. Check your provincial requirements.
Where do you live, I've never heard of someone not having to pay for an LPN programme. Student loans were a fact of life in my class. Enough to cover tuition, books, and part of the child care. But you have to have some money to document on the paperwork.
The math required depends on where you apply. Usually math 11 will do the trick. So, if you remember your fractions, decimals, etc. your fine.
Check with the schools, usually there's a test you can take that will tell you which courses you need to upgrade for the LPN. I went with people who had graduated in the 70 and 80s and they didn't have to upgrade their science or math. Different story for the RN programme, but again this depends on which province ur in and if your a status indian.
Most of the board is American, and their funding is totally different from Canadian as are the educational requirements. (please don't flame me people its true). We don't have many part time programmes, and I've never heard of a night or weekend programme for nursing in either level. We also have some killer waitlists depending on where you are.
Last edit by Fiona59 on Feb 22, '05