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Hi all,

I just wanted to get a take on what is the best path in getting into nursing

I have already completed one year at a four yr. college but have decided that it might be best to attend a vocational nursing school and obtain a LVN degree. Then later on get my RN license. Is it a good idea to go back and get my Bachelors degree in nursing?

For example what is the next step after getting my LVN license? Should i enrole into a program from LVN to RN without the BA or to a program that is LVN to BA? Will getting the degree raise your salary?

Please help me I really don't know which path to take

Thanks and hope to hear from you all :)

Daytonite, BSN, RN

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Specializes in med/surg, telemetry, IV therapy, mgmt.

Unless tuition is a problem--and I mean a real problem--the LVN to RN path is a waste of time and money, in my opinion. The two jobs are very different. About the only things in common between an LVN and an RN is they both can do basic nursing care and give oral medications. In some states LVNs are allowed to start IVs and hang maintenance IV solutions if they have taken an IV course and gotten IV certified. The similarities in the jobs stops there. The reason LVNs have to go to RN school is because there is a heck of a lot more that LVN school doesn't teach you. Please consider going directly for your RN. I did ADN and then a BSN later. If a bachelor's degree is something you want, then make that your goal but be aware that the college will demand as much of you as a bachelor degree student as the nursing department demands of you to become an RN. You will do a lot of writing of papers--that is generally required in bachelor degree programs.

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