LPNs who continued on to RN....I have a question for you? - page 3

I was just curious:eek: to see if you felt that going through the LPN first was a better choice. Do you feel that in the RN program you received as good a clinical base as when you went to the LPN? ... Read More

  1. by   Gator,SN
    I will agree that LPN's are much better prepared to enter the nursing field as RN's then new GN's since they have practiced nursing. However, I don't think that it is fair to compare an experienced LPN with a new RN grad. Anyone that has experience with something and is familiar with it, is better prepared then one who has not.
    Everyone is "new" at some point and the perfection of skills only comes with time. Experienced LPN's have had that time. I think that you were harsh to say that new GN's don't know their ass from their elbow. I haven't graduated yet and I assure you that I know the difference between both and that was the point that I was trying to make. If you do decide to persue a career as an RN I hope that your peers are not as critical of you as you are of them.
  2. by   RNpupil
    Gator is right.
  3. by   Gator,SN
    And who said anything about CNA, talk that bull all you want, without CNAs you'll be physically fuc**d!.
    Chap, I'm not talking bull: I am a nursing assistant myself. I know how hard I work.
    I am also getting a dose of how hard RN's work.

  4. by   debRNo1

    CNA's make the best LPN's

    LPN's make the best RN's

    rather be on the floor with one of "us" than that book smart, top of her class, RN who has NEVER touched a patient.

    Just my opinion..........

  5. by   FullMoonMadness
    Im just starting the nursing part of my transition from lpn to rn.I work on a floor that utilizes both. I am very lucky in that the nurses i work with are a "teaching" group.even with all of the classroom and clinical preperation,something new is learned every day.give your own chosen course a lot of thought.there is a very good signature line on this board.."an expert at anything was once a beginner".whatever you decide,good luck and hang with it
  6. by   happy
    I was a cna for 6 years off and on in LTC and a Medical office then I enrolled in PN school last semester. I graduate in the summer and if all goes well take boards in August. I originally planned on bridging next summer but I changed my mind due to financial situations and am planning on working for a year and going to school part time before I enter the RN program. situation is that my college offers 2 bridge programs: 1) a 8 week summer course followed by enetering in the RN program 3rd and 4th semester and them graduating and 2) entering the RN program in the second semester and then continuing on with the RN students in their 3rd and 4th semester and graduating, this has no summer courses that are mandatory. Either way, I will still get out the same time I just have to decide which program would be better for me.Any thought or experience on bridging out here? I really enjoy being a student nurse, I am still at the top of my class and the instructors in both programs are pushing for me to return to my original plan but then again with 3 kids, hubby and life in general I think its alot more intellegent to take some of the load off financially for a short time before i hit the books full time again. thing that bothers me is that there are soo many scholarships and grants available for RN program but no LPN. I have been told by the RN students that they feel the LPN are more prepared clinically but the Rn students get that extra year to digest all that info. SO any ways thats my thought for what its worth. Oh yeah and I think that working in a hospital as a cna has helped me tremendously in school as I get to see what we are studying.
  7. by   Rock
    I believe you are wise to work as a LPN for a year or more to
    gain experience before going to the next step. Upon graduation
    as a RN, you would be years ahead of new RN grads who would not have your clinical and theoretical experience..

    Financial aid is something I am not familiar with. Try contacting
    the U.S. Public Health Service in Washington or Maryland. They
    gave a grant to LPNs here on S.I. for those who wanted to advance to RN. It's worth a try.

    Stay with an acute-care facility to gain the necessary experience until you finish RN.. LTC facilities would not give you the needed experience for advancement to RN.


    Last edit by Rock on Jan 17, '03
  8. by   BladderMouth
    Moe...I finely found a man who likes to talk as much as me...(grin)

    I'm new here and just surfing around to see what everyone talking about and looking for advice while I'm here.

    All these Posts were very interesting....See Ya,
  9. by   ryaninmtv
    I was an LPN for 13 years before going back to school and becoming an RN. The LPN program and subsequent experience provided me with an excellent basis for my RN education. My decision to become an LPN initially were unique to me, it doesn't mean that this route works for everyone but for me, it was a great foundation for my nursing practice. Good Luck!
  10. by   RNConnieF
    I was an LPN for 6 years, just graduated from RN school in May. I have to say that I feel that having started my career as an LPN benefited me as an RN for all the reasons already outlined above but there is one that appears to be missing. Having been an LPN gave me the confidence to trust my instincts. As a new RN I may not be able to tell you exactly what is wrong, not having enough experience, but I CAN tell you SOMETHING is wrong based on my assessment and instinct. Being able to trust my "feeling" that something is wrong and knowing that I needed to seek out a more experienced nurse to help me has really helped me as a new RN.
  11. by   goddessida
    I am currently a LPN who has decided to return to school to recieve my RN. I know it will a long road but I believe I am up too it.
  12. by   mdavid
    Has anybody heard of being a nursing student in the RN program and challenging the LPN nclex in New York????
  13. by   pagandeva2000
    I have just completed LPN school, and I would say that it would be an advantage to complete that first. You would have the clinical skills down pact, similar to what many other posters have mentioned. You wouldn't have to struggle with foleys, injections and pharmacology, because you already have that experience.