I graduated from school for my Medical Assistant and Thinking about furthering my education. I'm not sure which way to go first. I've heard from people to just do my RN and then Some have told me to do my LPN to RN. I need some advice so If anyone that has been in this Position before, Can you please give me advice on what would be better? Thanks :)


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I guess my first question is do you have your LPN? I noticed you had just graduated from medical assistant.

Chasity Bell

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No I do not. I'm looking forward to doing my LPN then RN but Need Advice on Which way to go.


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i need the some advice/help!!!!!!! :crying2:


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I did LPN and wish I had went straight to RN!!

It's hard to find a job as a LPN so it's best to go straight into RN since RNs get hired much easily. :)


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Has 24 years experience.

Does anyone know if there is a book I can buy for ATI Test for RN school?


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Well...I got my LPN first which worked well for me. I am able to make a decent salary while in an RN program. I graduate in a few weeks. Like I said, I am earning a decent salary while taking a few classes at a time. Plus, I got a lot of valuable experience which I really needed. I suffer from lack of confidence and anxiety. Everyone is different. My LPN program was only 10 months long so I got into the workforce quickly. Metfan

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I did my LPN first but I was a military wife who moved literally every 2 years for many, many years. I immediately went back to school (once we moved again) for an ADN.

I vote RN all the way!


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Has 12 years experience.

Does anyone knows what is the equivalency of three years European nursing degree here in the states? and if I can apply to any MSN program here in the States?

you might want to go straight for your rn. It seems like for you, getting your lpn would just be an extra step. If I had been able to find an rn school, i would have done that first! My lpn program was 18 months, but ended up being about two years, and now I am working on pre reqs for a bridge program. However I also think it depends on where you live, in my city there is as much work for lpns as there is for rn's, so I can get a job while I am waiting. If your area is not like that, it might be more wise and $$$ smart to just go for your rn.


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Specializes in Psych, LTC, Acute Care.

It really depends on how motivated you are. Some people get their LPN with the intentions of going back and never do. If you have the opportunity to do a RN program then do it.

In the beginning, I tried everything to get into a RN program. After two years of rejection letters, I decided to do the LPN. I got my LPN and immediatley enrolled in Excelsior college. It took a total of 2.5 years to complete the whole process. Not too bad when most RN programs take 2 years. I used the LPN as another route to ultimately get my RN and it worked out of me.