Nursing school advice


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?


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Specializes in LTC, MDS, EHR, HH, Nursing Management. Has 16 years experience.

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. Has 35 years experience.

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.