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Nursing...Decisions, Decisions

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Hello! I am new to the forum and strongly considering a career in nursing. I am trying to decide what i should pursue first? I am already a CNA but I am having a hard time deciding what I should go after? LPN first, then RN? Or jump right into RN? And if i pursue an RN, should I go ADN or BSN?? I get lost just thinking about it! Id appreciate anyone's pros and cons on the situation! And also Im moving to ATL from the country so any suggestions on schools and programs would also be greatly appreciated!

blackhundred

Specializes in Orthopaedics. Has 6 years experience.

Hello! I am new to the forum and strongly considering a career in nursing. I am trying to decide what i should pursue first? I am already a CNA but I am having a hard time deciding what I should go after? LPN first, then RN? Or jump right into RN? And if i pursue an RN, should I go ADN or BSN?? I get lost just thinking about it! Id appreciate anyone's pros and cons on the situation! And also Im moving to ATL from the country so any suggestions on schools and programs would also be greatly appreciated!

Hey there, good question. My recommendation is to go straight to RN if that's what you want as an end goal, especially with CNA experience. Decide on the degree path based on what is most expeditious for you, given your own unique circumstances. I don't know Atlanta, but a big city should provide good options. Good luck!

I would do RN vs. LPN. I know some people VERY happy in their LPN positions, but also know quite a few who are working extra hard to get their RN and wish they would have gone straight for it. You are already working in the field, so if you know that it's what you want to do, I would suggest jumping in with both feet!

As far as the ADN vs. BSN, it would have to be a personal choice. Personally I went the ADN route, but while taking my prerequisites, I have also takes the prerequisites for BSN so I can get my license, and a job(!), then go back (taking online course through Texas Tech-guess that depends where you live) while I am working to get my BSN. It just depends what you have the time/desire to do!

Best of luck to you!!

I would go for your RN. As far as ADN vs BSN, I guess it would depend on the area and what the hospitals are looking for. I know here, the hospitals will really only hire RNs with BSNs.

I would aim for the BSN RN. However, if you manage to get accepted into an ADN program, then take it. These days, most employers want RNs with a BSN.

Thank you all so much for your opinions and suggestions! I will definitely go for my RN now. Going to start researching schools like, NOW!!!