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lpn/lvn first?

Is it more beneficial to become an LVN or LPN first then become an RN or to just go straight into RN school?


Double-Helix, BSN, RN

Specializes in PICU, Sedation/Radiology, PACU. Has 9 years experience.

I went straight to get my BSN and RN. It was the right decision for me. It depends on what you want to do/what your needs are. Do you want to work in a hospital? A specialty like OB, ER, or OR? If yes, go right for your RN because that gives you the best opportunity to work in those fields. If you can't commit to two or more years of school in a row and would be happy working as an LPN for awhile, you might want to go that route.

NurseLoveJoy88, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC. Has 6 years experience.

I would advise typing this question into the search box. You will find a tons of threads on this very question. I did LPN first because it was best for me and my situation at the time. This works out good for me. Became a LPN in 2009, finished RN prereqs during 2010 and worked fulltime and started my last year of RN school in 2011.... graduation is in December. So either way it took me two years total for RN, minus the prereqs.


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