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LVN-RN or LVN-BSN

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by Pretty in Ink Pretty in Ink (New Member) New Member

Pretty in Ink specializes in Rehab.

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I am just about to start my LVN courses, expecting to graduate in spring of '08. I know this question seems to put the cart before the horse but I am one of those people that want to plan the best course and focus on it. I want to continue my education and want to know if the best way is to do the lvn-rn-bsn/msn or go strait from lvn-bsn. I have 2 small children, and am not sure if I will start work right away or just continue learning. I am also planning on moving from the Austin, TX area back to San Antonio, TX once I graduate so if any of you have experience in the San Antonio area with different nursing programs, it would be much appreciated to hear how you have gone on with your career/education. :monkeydance:

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Um......this is an old fight, but I think you mean ADN vs BSN. Both are RNs once you pass the NCLEX.

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TheCommuter has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych.

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The BSN degree will enable you to have more career options away from the bedside. For example, a BSN will enable you to work in research, management, education, pharmaceutical sales, etc. The ADN will be sufficient if your plan is to remain at the bedside. Remember that ADNs and BSNs pass the same NCLEX, and have the same licensure.

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Depends on where you are. ADNs can work in management and education.

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luvschoolnursing has 23 years experience and specializes in School Nursing.

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My opinion is if you have the time and money, continue on for your BSN when you finish your LVN. You'll already be a nurse with your LVN and if you choose to work, getting valuable experience. I got my diploma and RN when I was 20. My mom wanted me to go straight on for my BSN but I saw no use in it because there was no better pay/benefits working as a bedside nurse. 18 years later, whe the opportunity came along for me to be a school nurse, I had to go back 2 years for my BSN as well as another year for my CSN. Boy I wished then had listened to mom. Whatever path you choose, good luck!

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Pretty in Ink specializes in Rehab.

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Thank you all for the information! I did not know that ADNs/BSNs had the same liscensure. Even though I feel like I was born yesterday on this site, I have found such great information and really appreciate that you all take the time to seriously answer my rookie questions! :)

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RN is a title that you get after passing the NCLEX-RN exam. It is not a degree.

You can go thru the ADN, the BSN, or the Diploma program and still take the same NCLEX exam, and still be able to write RN after your name. The degree is just a means to getting that title.

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