CNA TO LVN

  1. Hi I was looking for some advice, so I'm currently a cna and I was looking to further my education as a LVN at a vocational school, Am I making the right choice becoming a LVN? I also will like to become a RN in the future, but I want to do LVN now so I can feed my family and make a decent pay while I start classes for RN. Will I have to start all over for RN classes or can I bridge over?

    I'm in Los Angeles California so some advice from people who lives out here, how bad is finding a job after graduation? I mean I currently work for a home health company so once I'm done with school I will just upgrade but I want to work in nursing homes as well, will it be hard to find other LVN jobs after graduation?

    If I take my RN at a community college, will it be faster because I have my LVN? And what is the pay rate they start you off her in Los Angeles at home health and nursing homes? I just want to be sure I'm making the right choices, I picked LVN first so I can get more nursing experience while getting my RN plus I have children 3, so I want to make a decent pay and provide for them.

    And another thing, I've been hearing the LVN is a real intense program? What's so hard about it? Is it I don't understand the work hard? Or just to much studying and work hard?
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    CNA to LVN in Los Angeles

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  3. by   Silverdragon102
    Moved to the Nursing Career Advice forum
  4. by   EbonyWaltonEl
    If you've been a CNA for 4 years u could challenge test to be a LVN. You should start contacting the places u wanna work to see how difficult employment will be after school. However, if you've been a CNA long enough...no use going to LVN school.
  5. by   mindofmidwifery
    Quote from EbonyWaltonEl
    If you've been a CNA for 4 years u could challenge test to be a LVN. You should start contacting the places u wanna work to see how difficult employment will be after school. However, if you've been a CNA long enough...no use going to LVN school.
    Where tf did you get this information? I can't even fathom how wrong you are
  6. by   EbonyWaltonEl
    You can't fathom information on the Board of Nursing website? Your problem. Don't disrespect with me your vile tongue.
  7. by   JustBeachyNurse
    Quote from EbonyWaltonEl
    If you've been a CNA for 4 years u could challenge test to be a LVN. You should start contacting the places u wanna work to see how difficult employment will be after school. However, if you've been a CNA long enough...no use going to LVN school.
    Four years is not sufficient, it's 60 months They must have worked clinically in a minimum of hours in a multitude of areas (so a CNA that only worked LTC or psych is ineligible) and pass a pharmacology course . It's a restricted LVN license that cannot be endorsed to other states and ineligible for many LVN to RN bridge programs since you won't have graduated from a school of vocational nursing. A method 3 LVN may not be eligible for certain employment sites if the facility credential requires only hiring nurses who graduated from a board approved nursing program.

    It's an opportunity unique to California. It's unusual for CNAs to qualify. Most often its military medics
  8. by   HouTx
    Re-focusing on OP's original query..... sounds like it's a really good idea for her to pursue her LVN as an interim career step. Taking a formal education route - attending an LVN program is probably the best route because the resultant qualification would not only enable her to take NCLEX-PN but also ensure that she would qualify for licensure in other states in the future.
  9. by   Ladybug993
    I am currently an LVN and have no regrets the route I chose.. In Texas you can't just go take the test after being a CNA.. I took the CNA course as well to see if I wanted to become a nurse.. I finished from accredited college that my courses will transfer into many programs here in Houston .. Do what's best for you and family . Am currently now applying to BSN program!!!
  10. by   kbrn2002
    Since you already have a job lined up as an LVN it sounds like a very good career path to take no matter where you live. Can't speak to wages and other opportunities for employment in your market, but since it sounds like you already have a job when you finish school it makes good sense to go that route.
  11. by   Ladybug993
    Quote from kbrn2002
    Since you already have a job lined up as an LVN it sounds like a very good career path to take no matter where you live. Can't speak to wages and other opportunities for employment in your market, but since it sounds like you already have a job when you finish school it makes good sense to go that route.
    Are you asking me the question regarding jobs and career path?
  12. by   quiltynurse56
    I think your plan sounds great OP. Go for it and let us know how you are doing.
  13. by   kbrn2002
    Quote from Ladybug993
    Are you asking me the question regarding jobs and career path?
    Guessing no as I am confused as to what you are talking about here.
  14. by   Ladybug993
    In regards to me being a LVN

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