Published May 24, 2009
Do you guys think its better to start off as a LPN than move up to RN or just go to be a RN.:eek:
This has been discussed many many times here, try searching the threads for it.
It comes down to your circumstances. abilities to get into school, opportunities etc. One study I looked at for a paper (on a different subject), said LPN to BSN-RN students had a lower NCLEX pass rate than those going straight for the BSN, which seemed odd. I respect my LPNs, but the market is getting harder for LPNs to find hospital work according to many posters here. If you have the resources and circumstances that allow you to go for the RN directly, it seems the way to go. Needing the LPN first is a reality for many people, to whom I say go for it!
Daytonite, BSN, RN
do you guys think its better to start off as a lpn than move up to rn or just go to be a rn.
If I had it all over to do again (or know what I know now), I definitely would have went for the RN first.
TheCommuter, BSN, RN
If the RN licensure is a person's ultimate goal, then he/she should make every reasonable attempt to pursue it directly with no deviations in the plan. Life's circumstances prevented me from attaining the RN license first, so I am now an LVN who is currently enrolled in an RN bridge program.
However, I must say that I have absolutely no regrets for attaining my LVN licensure first. I presently work weekend double shifts at a pay rate of $25 hourly, and am paid for a full 40-hour work week while having Monday through Friday off to attend school. Many of the mainstream, generic RN students are struggling with finances during school due to having to accept low-paying jobs as CNAs/techs or as the result of not being able to work at all. When students have ample money in the form of earnings and savings, many of their financial stressors are effectively relieved during school. Therefore, the monetary aspects of attaining the LPN license first are worth pondering, as it has personally been rather comforting for me to attend school without feeling poor.
I feel that are good LPNs and RNs it really just depends on the purpose. I would say that in LPN school you get
more hands on. I think it really just depends on what you wanna do and the need for time.
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