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LPN or RN?

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by Nurse Beth Nurse Beth, MSN (Advice Column) Writer Innovator Expert

Nurse Beth has 30 years experience as a MSN and works as a Nursing Professional Development Specialist.

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Dear Nurse Beth,

I am writing to you to see if this makes sense to do.

I am a 34 y/o Mom and Wife with a 2y/o daughter and pregnant with my son due in July. I already have a Bachelor's and a Masters in Health Administration. 

I currently work for a wonderful hospital organization as a CNA. I'm trying to not go into any more student loan debt while obtaining my Nursing degree.

My question to you is I want to get my Nursing journey started. Would it make sense to get my LPN license and risk losing my close commute job to more than likely have to work at a further location with my current job? Or wait another 3 years and get my RN degree? 

I don't really see many LPN positions within this organization. Which also makes me question is it worth it to get my LPN license. I don't want to leave this organization at all.

I hope I have made this clearer in writing than it is in my head.

Thank you for your time.


Dear Future Nurse,

Congrats on your pregnancy and new addition to your family!

The best career course is to get your RN. LPNs are limited by scope and job opportunities.

If you plan to work acute care, you need your RN. Be sure and get your BSN as that is becoming increasingly important.

Best wishes, 

Nurse Beth

Author, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job"...and your next!

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