Nursing school advice

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Ok. So I recently passed my GED after studying my butt off for so long. It's a big accomplishment for me. Now I'm ready for my next goal, to become a nurse. I'm confused on how to start my nursing career. I don't know if I should go to school for Lpn or just go straight for my RN. Should I start at a community school and get my adn or go straight for my bsn? I heard that community schools are harder to get in their nursing program but it's a lot more cheeper, where in a bsn program it's easier to get in but more expensive. If I go for my Lpn, it will only take 10 months to complete, but I heard that its very intense. What should I do? Where should I start? Which route is the fastest?

Specializes in LTC, MDS, EHR, HH, Nursing Management.

YEAH you!!! I too started with a GED and I now have my Master's Degree in Nursing :-) I would go all out and get your BSN. If you notice many ADN nurses are having a difficult time finding jobs. The market is tough and getting tougher by the day.

Specializes in Critical Care, Education.

Congratulations on your achievement. For what it's worth, I personally know 2 Chief Nurse Execs who started their adult lives as HS drop-outs, got their GEDs and both now have PhDs and are outstanding leaders.

There are a bunch of different pathways you can take, and your choice should be based upon your own unique circumstances. I would advise you to take a 'slow and steady' approach rather than going deeply into debt with a commercial school that advertises quick results.

Talk to the program advisors at some of your local schools - they can point you in the right direction.

Best of luck to you.

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