LPNs who continued on to RN....I have a question for you? - page 4

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   traumaRUs
    I did the LPN to ADN route simply because of my husband being in the military. It did however, make the ADN much easier after having been an LPN. I was an LPN for two years.
  2. by   DutchgirlRN
    Quote from Agnus
    Peronally, I found it helpful to work as an LPN first.
    Me too!
  3. by   flasandy42
    I'm wondering how many pre-req's there really are before you even start the RN nursing program and about how long it takes to get them. Is a two-year RN program two years AFTER all the pre-req's? If so....it probably means the entire thing is really at least a three-year program to get your RN. Just curious
  4. by   GooeyRN
    I felt that being an LPN made the ADN program easier and less stressful. I knew what to expect in clinicals, and knew the basic information. I do feel that the ADN did teach me to critically think, however. The LPN program taught the "what, and how to's" and the ADN program taught me the "when and why's". I feel I got a balanced education having been in both programs. I also worked as a CNA prior to becoming an LPN which I think helped a little with school, but not much.
  5. by   Rock

    I agree with the lady from Pennsylvania. I also was a LPN first. You can't learn everything in four (4) short semesters.
    ROCK :spin:
  6. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I'm gaining experience as a nurse, while getting my RN.

    I was able to skip a lot of the RN classes because they transfered fromt he LPN program i went to.

    Not to mention making a decent living so i can be comfortable while going to school, instead of eating Ramen noodles 180 days straight like i did before.

    I've had clinicals before, and while they won't be the same the second time around, i do at least have an idea what i'm getting into.
    Last edit by Marie_LPN, RN on Mar 13, '06
  7. by   loriannlpn
    I feel the same way... It helped me to be a STNA first, then LPN, and Now RN.... Good luck
  8. by   Drysolong
    Quote from mdavid
    Has anybody heard of being a nursing student in the RN program and challenging the LPN nclex in New York????
    I'm not quite sure what is meant by "challenging", but in Georgia, you can take the NCLEX-PN after completing your 3rd year (ADN 1st year after prereqs).
  9. by   sc0628
    Hi, sorry to high jack your thread, but if you are an LVN/LPN before going to RN school do you go to school full time or do you work while attending school?
  10. by   AntFlip7395
    Being an LPN before becoming an RN definitely helped a lot, because I didn't need to focus so much on skills, I could dedicate time to critical thinking and nursing theory. In addition, working as an LPN on a busy cardiac tele floor for the last six years really helped because I have learned so much in terms of assessment and prioritization than I would have if I had worked in LTC (just my opinion, but I think you lose skills if you work in LTC for an extended period).