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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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radicalsenseofhope specializes in STNA.

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My story? Started 4 yr BSN degree over 10 yrs ago before kids. Got pregnant during my sophomore year (oops, hubby and I had been married for 7yrs with no luck in the baby dept, LOL!). Became a stay at home mom and decided not to apply to the nursing program even though I had completed all my prereqs and support classes (with a 3.9 GPA) and was all set. Had another kid and life went on. Dream to be a nurse never really went away. Still want to be a nurse but don't want full time school or tons of student loans. I only want to go to school part time and only want to work part time until my kids are high school age or out of the house. There is a part time LPN program (22 months long) near my home with an excellent reputation and 95% pass rate on NCLEX-PN. There are at least 2 different LPN to BSN options that I could take someday once the kids are older. I love the geriatric population. So I'm heavily considering the LPN route first! :redpinkhe

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Thanks for your replies, I myself is a single mother of three that needs to work sooner than later. Spending 4 years on a bachlor already has got me wanting to make some money now. I have great support so I could just go back to school for a BSN but the college I went to is 45 miniuts one way. I would love to go back to that college because it is a great school and the nursing program is strong. However, I have spent 2 years driving down a highway I am now tired of looking at.

That school has less pre-reques since I went to school there everything transfers into the libral arts portion of the BSN program. A cruel fact is that the BSN program 20 miniuts away like I mention program was just reinstated, however, my social stats class won't transfer and i would still have to take College algebra not to mention they want 6 credits in foreign language. Graduating from that school would take me 5 years plus. This is why I'm leaning towards LPN to get experience and make a living then returning for my RN in a year. I was thinking about a ADN then a MPH? only time will tell. Thanks!

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

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I think the reality is a lot of nurses get there in a less that direct manner. The things we do before getting to nursing makes us into nice rounded people.

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I was just wondering how did your idea of becoming an LVN first turn out?

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AngelicDarkness has 7 years experience and specializes in geriatrics, IV, Nurse management.

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My story started out on the LPN/RPN route. I chose this in high school because I wanted to be a nurse but knew I could not get into university for RN with my GPA or afford the cost. I took the RPN/LPN route. I'm living on a decent wage of 21$/hr while paying back my loans and looking forward to getting my BSCN/Masters when I have enough saved up. Plus, I'll have the experience and hands on approach from working as an LPN/RPN prior:)

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thanks for posting this! i'm about to start an LPN program that offers a bridge to an RN program after completion. I'm married but my husband's job doesn't pay enough for me to work part-time and pursue a regular RN degree. We have a 2-year-old daughter as well, so I'm motivated to get a good career that I can be good at, and nursing was the best choice for me. I know so many people that have done the regular 3-4 year RN programs and they're doing so well now that I was questioning whether the path I chose would work as well. But since I don't have time or financial leeway for a regular RN program I'm doing what you did and paying my way through a 1-year LPN program and then stepping up to an RN degree. Good to know that I'm not screwing up as long as I keep my head in the game!

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DH works full time and I have a 3 yr old. We're living on one income. I'm a CNA but am a SAHM with our daughter. Hopefully I get accepted this year and graduate next year. After I graduate, my husband will be starting the police academy and he'll be at school full time and just me working. So we'll be swapping. That's why I need to be done in a year. When he gets done I'll probably not work again and do the bridge program.

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I am glad I got my LVN/LPN degree first. So many of my RN friends had trouble finding jobs right out of school because everyone wanted experience. Luckily I had already been a nurse since I was working as an LVN. I did everything the RN did. If you never looked at our badge you wouldnt know who was who. We all had the same duties. So I had no trouble finding a good job and I didnt come in as an RN fresh out of school looking like a deer in headlights. My program was one year and my bridge to RN was one year. I am making 60,000 a year as an RN, where people that started same time as me at a 4 year university are still in school. Everyone has their own path that works for them, and there are many ways to get to your RN degree but I am happy the route I took. It worked well for me and made money sooner.

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