Quote from jlhalloween
I was initially going for LVN but everyone is telling me to do RN. I am a unit secretary at a hospital for telemetry floor. Any advice would be appreciated. How long would it take me to finish prerequisites?
Many people will say that to you, because it is a fact, RNs have more opportunities and better pay than LPNs; and depending on who sees it this way, more recognition and respect. In many cases, RN programs are more competitive and the waiting lists are generally longer. What I suggest you do in any case is begin to assess your weak areas and begin preparing; for example, many programs have entry exams, such as the NLN exam, which is testing your skills in reading, writing, math and science. If you are weak in these areas, I suggest that you take some refresher courses because the higher your score, the better your chances are to be admitted into the school of your choice. If you are going for the LPN through a vocational school, there may not be any pre-requisites, but, just the same, brush up for their entry exams as well. From what I am hearing from these boards, most people that did decide to become LPNs first, did it because they didn't wish to be placed on waiting lists for 2-5 years...they wanted to become nurses early on and most of them are still working to become RNs while gaining nursing experience as LPNs.
From my perspective, I have not felt limited as an LPN; I have one main job and two agencies that keep me busy. And, I am not interested in becoming an RN because it is too much responsibility for me, personally. I have the ability to make close to $600 in one weekend, at an agency that does home care. The work is not that bad and I really enjoy my work. What I would do is ask both, the LPNs and RNs that you know what they do, compare and see what you wish to do. Hear what appeals to you and go in that direction. And, if you did choose to become an LPN first, you can always continue to become an RN.