Is becoming LPN to a RN better than just shooting for a RN for a slow learner?


Hi everyone!

I apologies for my poor english, but I am currently a freshman in a community college. I am taking classes for to nursing school and becoming a Rn Nurse. For years, I thought getting into nursing school is going to be a piece of pie, saddly I was very work about that. I am having a hard time having a C+ a&p 1 and statistic. Every night I lose hope of studying the two main course and give up, due to so much stress. My parents are also pressuring me to do well in class and its not helping alot. Normally we end up fighting. A friend advise me becoming a LPN then take the bridge program to rn, but I was not so sure about becoming a LPN because I am scared the job outlook for LPN is low ,but I think it would be a lot easier taking baby steps than taking the big boy challenge and I am just tired living with my parents, I want a sustain job to live on my own which I like about LPN. I really don't mind if I don't get paid big time, I just need the money to live on my own and starting a new life on my own. So i my question, is becoming a LPN to RN a good choice to go for? To slowly work my way, achving my goal slowy, or should I stay where I am , retaking the semester again, znd have high hopes having a better grade? I hope this make sense because I don't know what to do anymore.


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Stats is a fairly not difficult math course, it's not calculus. You should be doing many problems to get used to the steps in solving the many types of problems. it's very helpful to draw little pictures on the exam itself to see which direction you'll be working with. anatomy and physiology is a heavy science course. this too isn't an overly difficult course I believe. If you spend lots of time studying and reading you will get through this. Take time to understand concepts and apply them to situations. Please don't hesitate to ask for help when you first get confused as info piles on the old. you can't fall behind in understanding the material or the reading either.

if you have trouble I think you may have to change your study habits now. if it isn't your study habits maybe it's your motivation ?

remember it's better to take a class once then to retake it later on.


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Specializes in L&D, infusion, urology. Has 2 years experience.

Do you feel like the material is the struggle, or do you feel like you need to work on your English first? I know that having a firm grasp on English can help a lot. Also, there will be a lot of papers to write in nursing school, and your spelling and grammar are part of the grading, so it might be a good thing to consider additional English courses before returning to nursing prerequisites.

Like you stated, the job prospects for LVNs aren't great these days, mostly in home health or long term care, and even then, positions may require nursing experience. Have you considered getting your CNA? That would require far less schooling, and you'd have better prospects than an LVN. Plus, it'll still give you a head start with patient care that can help when you get to nursing school. It'll give you some income to move out, and you can still go to school to pursue nursing.

Good luck! :)


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Specializes in LTC.

In my opinion, LPN school was 10 times harder than my RN pre reqs. If your having a lot of trouble, especially in A&P, LPN school won't be any easier. It's a common misconception that because LPN school is a shorter amount of time, it must be easier. This is definitely false. Of course everyone is different but I've spoken to many people who believe LPN school is actually harder than RN school due to the fast pace. I would suggest you continue with the path you are own and get some rigorous tutoring for your classes you are struggling in.