Why are so many LPN's going for RN? - page 2

Hello Everyone I have a very important question: Why are so many LPN's going back for their RN license? Which do you all recommend is the best route to go? I hear many... Read More

  1. by   nurseleigh
    Oh yeah

    I will go on to the LPN to ADN program whenever I get the chance. With 2 young girls it may take a few years but it WILL get done.

  2. by   Jo Dirt
    I became an LPN because the RN program was simply too far away for me to travel. LPN school was 45 minutes away compared to 2 hrs. for the RN school.

    I am set to enroll in an accelerrated 1 yr. LPN to RN program this fall (I am having to move out of state to live with my mother to do this.) I currently work in a nursing home and am a little resentful that I make $14.50 an hour compared to RN's who make $22+ an hour when we are doing the EXACT same thing, and I was even told by a fellow employee I do a better job...on the other hand, the responsibility is ultimately left to the RN if something goes wrong, and this is a headache I am glad I don't have right now.

    My main reason for seeking to become an RN is the pay. I will continue to work in the nursing home because it does offer the best pay (I think the OR would be my cup of tea but when I have children to take care of and support I'm not going to be concerned about my self actualization).
  3. by   studentnurse74
    I just got accepted into the ASN program, and want to be an RN for several of the reasons others mentioned. In my case, I applied for the LPN programs also, just in case I didn't make it into RN clinicals. Therefore, I would've been and LPN going back for RN, because it's easier in some schools to get into a transition program then it is to get right in for the ASN program.
  4. by   Truly_Blessed
    The reason I am going into the LPN program first is to obtain employment faster. I am unemployed right now, and it's a good thing since school will be so demnding. But, I am needing financial stability ASAP. A 1 year program seemed way more realistic than the 3 to 4 years to take pre reqs and ADN classes. 2 of the hospitals in the area really encourage their LPNs to continue their education onto the associate degree level. They offer tuition reimbursment, and allow for time to go to school. You are only required to work 24 hours a week, but they pay you for 40. I figure I would rather go that route and already have my foot in the door, instead of having to wait so long to do something I have always wanted to do. IMO, if you are a single parent...the LPN program is the best way to go....hospitals always offer some cool program for LPNs to continue their education. If you have the time, then I would go for RN. Just depends on you and how fast you want to get your foot in the door. Personally, I think I will make an exceptional ADN student, since I will already be an LPN. I'll stop rambling now, Have a good day.
  5. by   bluesky
    Quote from LPNtoRN
    (I think the OR would be my cup of tea but when I have children to take care of and support I'm not going to be concerned about my self actualization).
    The two are not mutually exclussive, you know. If you are willing to move to another state to go to school, why not to another location where you will get paid more AND achieve self-actualization (i.e. higher paying OR)?
  6. by   mobileLPN
    I chose LPN first because all the ASN programs in my area had two year waiting lists. Because I had been working in the ED as a tech, I got to work there as an LPN which is pretty rare. I'm doing excelsiors program now to finish my RN and have no regrets whatsoever.
  7. by   rnmi2004
    For anyone just starting out, I would strongly recommend going for the RN. I have a great deal of respect for LPNs and I have worked clinicals with LPNs far more knowledgeable than RNs, but they unfortunately don't get the respect or pay they deserve. The hospitals in my area are no longer hiring LPNs and the few that are still on their staff don't get the pay they deserve.