I'm looking to eventually become a neonatal nurse, but am a little overwhelmed with deciding how to go about the schooling. I understand you need to get to RN before neonatal, but should I start with LPN then work towards RN? Or should I shoot straight for RN? Are there other options? Any thoughts/suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Dec 17, '12
There is no need to become an LPN prior to seeking your RN. You can become an RN by completing any pre-licensure program (diploma, associate degree or bachelors degree). In the US, most hospitals prefer BSN graduates. Then you have to pass the national licensure exam (NCLEX) in order to be an RN (all graduates, no matter what the degree, take the same exam). In the US, all RN new grads are 'generalists' - trained to begin work in any clinical area. After you have your RN, you can then work toward specialty training.
Nursing programs differ in their requirements for admission. You didn't provide much information about yourself. I would advise you to talk to admissions advisors for nursing schools in your area to explore their requirements for and admission process.
Wishing you the very best -
Dec 17, '12
If you can get into an RN program directly, I would say go for it. However for me it was easier to get into the LVN program then transition to the RN program. But i would say there are no strategic benefits to start with LVN if you don't have to. Good luck!