Tricky situation: LPN vs RN :uhoh21:

  1. I'm just finishing my first semester in the program and I'm having a bit of a tricky problem. At the end of next semester, we'll be eligible to get out LPN lisence, or can continue on for our RN. Here's my problem:
    I've always intended to get my RN, but the further I go, the more an LPN appeals to me. I truly enjoy bedside nursing, and that's my strength. Not the management side of things. Is there anyone who's gone through this situation and can offer advice?
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  3. by   Tweety
    You might want to get your LPN, just for the experience of it, but don't quit. Go on to get your RN. RNs work at the bedside and make 5 to 7 dollars more than the LPNs depending on where you live. Depending where you live, new grad jobs for LPNs in hospitals are hard to get.

    You don't have to go into management.

    I'm a bedside RN and my manager knows this is my immediate goal and I have to be in charge once in a blue moon, but not often.
  4. by   Kemccanha
    I took my LPN boards just for the exam experience. Don't quit! Go for your RN. I think you'll kick yourself later! I know here in Michigan they are starting to phase LPN's out of the hospitals. The only place an LPN can really get a job anymore is a nursing home.
  5. by   TheCommuter
    Most RNs are not working in management; in fact, many are still providing care at the bedside.

    Go for your RN license. You will earn more money while working at the bedside.

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