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Is lpn exam easier than rn?

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I graduated from rn school 2 yrs ago, and have failed my boards 4 times. What I don't understand is how I am failing. I have done every book and review class there is and I was on the dean's list in college and Phi Thetta Kappa. I am going to take the lpn boards so I can get to work, but I am worried that I won't pass the lpn boards. Wouldn't u think someone with a rn degree and good grades would pass the lpn on their first time? I bought an lpn book and I have 3 chapters left.. Is the lpn exam as hard as the rn?..Any insight would be appreciated.

Fiona59

Has 18 years experience.

I knew somebody that failed the NCLEX-LPN three times and had to go back to do her course over. She had worked up until the final failure.

I don't know if its easier or harder, its geared to LPN's and their course of study.

P_RN, ADN, RN

Specializes in ORTHOPAEDICS-CERTIFIED SINCE 89. Has 30 years experience.

Excellent response Fiona. I would not say the LPN exam is easier or harder. I only took the RN but that was years ago. I would suggest you look into some tutoring or even a refresher course from your nursing college.It could be test anxiety.

Working as an LPN would give you exposure to the nursing world, but it will not give you ALL the experiences that being the RN would. I can say that most of the skills I learned were from LPNs. Good luck.

i have done 2 review classes, and I have used all the nursing books like Kaplan's, Saunders,......I had a room all to myself approved and took it and still failed. My psychatrist says it is not anxiety related, because I wasn't having any anxiety symptoms toward the test. Makes me wonder....

I know a guy who just took his RN boards, he was already a LPN that graduated from the program that I came out of in September. He took his RN boards, and came to tell us that he found his LPN to be harder than his RN. Because he said the RN was more delegating, like who would you tell to do this and other things to, such as diseases and whatnot. But he said the LPN was more nursing interventions and hands on nursing of what you do for what disease kind of thing. He did however, pass! And I will agree, when I took my boards, it was a lot of your patient has this what do you do first, etc. I don't know if the RN would be harder, easier, or equal to the PN, but I know what Jim said. Hope that helps.

I know a guy who just took his RN boards, he was already a LPN that graduated from the program that I came out of in September. He took his RN boards, and came to tell us that he found his LPN to be harder than his RN. Because he said the RN was more delegating, like who would you tell to do this and other things to, such as diseases and whatnot. But he said the LPN was more nursing interventions and hands on nursing of what you do for what disease kind of thing. He did however, pass! And I will agree, when I took my boards, it was a lot of your patient has this what do you do first, etc. I don't know if the RN would be harder, easier, or equal to the PN, but I know what Jim said. Hope that helps.
Not trying to disagree.....but saying the LPN/LVN boards are harder than the RN boards sounds a "little" far fetched. Do you think the reason why the RN boards were easier for your friend is because he already was an LPN and had nursing experience and had already sat before a national level board. When my wife read this she laughed, she was a A+ student all the way through highschool and college(pre-reqs) she was a B- student throught nursing(RN) school and felt the RN board was the hardest test she had ever taking. This coming from a young lady who breezed through classes like Micro-bio, Path, O Chem, Inorganic, Bio-chem, A+P 1 and 2. So to sit here and try and compare the LVN boards to the RN boards is a joke. The reason why MD's get paid more than NP's(nurse practitioners) and PA's(physician assistants) is not because this world has it out for NP and PA's. It is because MD is a higher level of education and it is alot harder to get there so the reward is alot bigger. So is it with RN's. RN's get paid more than LVN/LPN's not because this world has it out for LPN/LVN's, but because RN is a higher level of education and it is alot harder to get there so the reward is alot bigger. IMHO

I can't really say whether it is harder or not, apparently. I'm just a LPN, BUT they asked a question and I gave the info that I knew. That's what he said, now, why he said that could be because he was an LPN first, I dunno! I just was answering the question.

Fiona59

Has 18 years experience.

Holly, ur never JUST an LPN. You are a licensed, professional nurse with skills and interests and a life.

Don't apologize for your career choice.

Holly, ur never JUST an LPN. You are a licensed, professional nurse with skills and interests and a life.

Don't apologize for your career choice.

I agree u r a lifesaver u take care of people's lives when they r ill.they always remember the nurses more than the doctor.

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