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LPN to RN worth it?

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by Schoolnurselpn Schoolnurselpn (New) New Nurse

Schoolnurselpn specializes in School. Irse.

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I am an LPN. I am a building nurse currently. I don’t want to do anything else but I feel like getting my RNwould give me more confidence in my work.  But I can’t wrap my head around spending 30,000 and not making anymore money. 
I love school nursing and I do not want to be an LSN....so is it really worth it to go back?

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Nurse Jen is a BSN, RN and specializes in School Nursing.

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My personal opinion is that continuing your education is never a bad thing.  Building on the knowledge you have now is a positive.  You never know when life will change (or policy) and you will need to find something else.  In that case, your RN will open many more doors.  I was an LPN for 10 years prior to going back for my RN.  It was the best thing I have ever done.  In my district you must have your BSN to hold a position.  

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I think it is worth it.  I also started as an LVN.  Is there a community college near you?  I did my LVN-RN program thru a community college and the fees were not bad - maybe spent $2500??? for 3 semesters.  

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does your district offer any type of tuition reimbursement? Will you get paid any more for having a higher licensing?  If you wanted to stay in school nursing, are there opportunities that will advance your career by being an RN?  

I agree, no educational opportunity is a waste, but if there is no real benefit or incentive for you to advance yourself and you will do the same without having to go through more schooling, then there should be considerations of the pros vs cons.  

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LikeTheDeadSea has 6 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in School Nursing.

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My mom always told me that education is never wasted, as you never know what the future will hold. Even if the additional credential is sitting unused in your back pocket for years, if one day you decide or need a career change for whatever reason, the RN may open more opportunities?  If you have the time and can work the finances out now, it may be a good security net in the future.

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I'm sure glad I did. 

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ruby_jane has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ICU/community health/school nursing.

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So...what do you want to do with the rest of your life? And how close are you to retirement?

My sister is an LVN. She never, ever wants to do the bridge program even though she has 25-30 more productive working years. She has a job at a clinic in our local public hospital and she has significant skills that go beyond her degree so they love her there.  

If you never, ever want more  - it's fine. But now that my kid is out of school I think I need to get out of the school nurse business and get a master's degree. Unfortunately the district won't pay for it so I am stuck leaving these great hours for a future MSN (or whatever) and I stay stuck most days because it's a pretty good gig!

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