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My take on the should I become a LPN/LVN first

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tothepointeLVN has 3 years experience as a LVN and specializes in Hospice / Ambulatory Clinic.

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Nikki0727 has 3 years experience.

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LOVE this post! I always get the question..why dont you go to school and get your RN.

Well im 25 years old with a 2 year old son,the only one working and bills are accumulating. I already owe for school when i first started the journey to do nursing so my local college was out of the question. So LPN is what was for me. I plan on furthering my education as a RN and hopefully work in OB. But for right now the LPN route is the best decision for me

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Manda1901 has 9 years experience and specializes in Hemodialysis- Charge Nurse.

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I decided to become an LVN 9 years ago when my son was only 1 year old. I always wanted to be a nurse, but i chose to go the LVN route so i would be done in 1 year and be able to find a good job.. I have always talked about going back to school and now 8 years later.... i just started the LVN to RN transition-which will be full time one year!! In the mean time our family has expanded to 2 more kids...so this year will be more difficult but i just keep telling myself --i did it before, i can do it again!

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Dorali has 12 years experience as a BSN, LPN, RN and specializes in 6 yrs LTC, 1 yr MedSurg, Wound Care.

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This thread is a blessing to me!!

I think I had already made up my mind to do LPN first, but I needed that reassurance. I do plan on bridging to RN when the time comes, but I do have a family to take care of I don't want to make CNA wages until I could finish RN school.

How accurate would it be to say the LPNs do more patient care and RNs do more paperwork? My current job is at a nursing home, also my first in healthcare, so I see the LPNs more at my level on the floor & at the nurses station, and the RN/DON in the office doing paperwork. I still want to care for my residents hands-on, not just looking at their charts sitting at a desk. (Don't get me wrong, I know very well that LPNs have lots of paperwork to do too.)

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tothepointeLVN has 3 years experience as a LVN and specializes in Hospice / Ambulatory Clinic.

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I should probably pop back in and let you know how being an LVN is working out with me so far. I'm just easing into a new job at a county clinic ( through a staffing registry but the assignment is supposed to last a year or more) I do a lot of charting, patient education and ordering of labs/tests. So LVN's can get bogged down in paperwork too.

Other jobs I have done include private duty/home health and hospice. Hospice in particular was very patient care intensive.

I am working on my RN I am accepted into a RN program that allows me to finish my prereqs within a certain timeframe and have a fixed start date for clinicals. Unlike my lvn program this not a for profit tradeschool though it is a private university. So I need to wrok and go to school to pay for tuition

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tothepointeLVN what LVN school did you go to if you don't mind me asking. and also what RN program did u get into too?

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TXLVNSTUDENT12 specializes in TRAC UNIT, REHAB, DEMENTIA...ETC.

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Im in texas AND WULL BE STARTING THE LVN PROGRAM I AM 21 WIT 4KIDS YOUNGEST TURNED 4 MONTHS TODAY I AM ALSO IN A SITUATION WHERE I NEED MONEY AND NEED IT NOW IM CURRENTLY A CNA IN A NURSING HOME AND Y FAMILY AND I CANT LIVE OFF MY CNA PAYCHECKS:down: I LOVE HELPING PEOPLE SO WHAT ADVICE WOULD ANY OF YOU GIV TO SOMEONE LIK me ILL START THE PROGRAM ON APRIL 27 IM DOIN PT BEAUSE I SILL NEED TO WRK SO ILL BE DONE IN SEPT OF NXT YEAR THANKS IN ADVANCE:yeah:

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hello tothepointelvn, i was wondering which rn program are you enrolled and also can you please give me some information about what places are hiring lvns. i graduated since 09 and i haven't been able to find a job. i was getting my pre-requesites for the rn program but to tell you the truth i just don't see the end of the tunnel. i am so frustrated of looking for a job, i am even willing to volunteer as long i am doing something with my license. please help me, it seems like you have a lot of information that will benefit me. sorry but as a single mother of 4 i just feel so frustrated of not been able to provide for my little ones. thanks a lot.

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Chrismurse has 6 years experience and specializes in Mental and Chemical Health, Case MGMT.

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Well here is the deal. I have been going to cheap school since 2007 full time. In 2009 I completed all R.N prereqs but could not get into the program. I got accepted right away to a LPN program only program. Here is the thing people, everyone for the most part wants to go straight R.N but unless you have a 4.0 gpa you are not getting in. I grad in 30 days with my LPN and then I will go to a bridge program for 2 more semesters for my R.N. If you want to be a nurse and take care of patients, do whatever it takes, go whatever route. By going LPN I spent more time in school but employers see that as experience.

I hope that you will stick with it. I believe that LPN's are coming back to help with the nursing shortage.

Good Luck to you

ChrisMurse

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Chrismurse has 6 years experience and specializes in Mental and Chemical Health, Case MGMT.

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I love this. This is exactly what I did!

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I was thinking the same thing since I would already have a BA in sociology, I should just go for a BSN. It would take me about the same time to get an adn. The only proble I have is that the only college that have the BSN program for non nurses just got their permission to have the program back because of bad scores. They have just built a new nursing building and everything. They have a high rate for RN-BSN passing the NCLEX, but not for those who are going into nursing with a different undergrad. Personally, I don't know if I should trust the shool or not.What do you all think.

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tothepointeLVN has 3 years experience as a LVN and specializes in Hospice / Ambulatory Clinic.

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It depends on alot of things if they just got approval back quality may be at its highest since all eyes are on them. However they may employ the tactic of flushing people out to keep the grades high.

You might not need the bsn. One of my instructors had a BA in acting then got a ADN. He was then able to go into a MSN program without the BSN.

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radicalsenseofhope specializes in STNA.

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You might not need the bsn. One of my instructors had a BA in acting then got a ADN. He was then able to go into a MSN program without the BSN.

Agreed. In Ohio at least, the BSN is not required to get your MSN if you already have a bach in a different field and an ADN. A friend of mine is going directly into a MSN program.

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