Confused about which path to take LPN vs RN ect.

  1. I dont know whether I should go to the LPN school this fall, or take more generals and then apply to the RN program. My ultimate goal is to become an RN and work in the neo natal unit. I have 2 years of nursing related pre recs. behind me. I have to move out of my parents house in about a year and I am a HHA right now. I dont know if I should do the LPN and then work while going back to school for RN, or just wait out until I can get into an RN program. Please help, thank you.
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  3. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    I really think that it all depends on you.

    Think about which program would allow you to move out first, but with that, think about whether or not you can handle working and going through the RN program.

    For myself, I would go for the RN program, if that is you goal. However, it may not be in your best interest.

    Obviously, you have to decide which is best for yourself, and no one else can tell you this.

    Good luck on making your decision, and your education!

    Quote from nickellovesu
    I dont know whether I should go to the LPN school this fall, or take more generals and then apply to the RN program. My ultimate goal is to become an RN and work in the neo natal unit. I have 2 years of nursing related pre recs. behind me. I have to move out of my parents house in about a year and I am a HHA right now. I dont know if I should do the LPN and then work while going back to school for RN, or just wait out until I can get into an RN program. Please help, thank you.
  4. by   MryRose
    Well I guess that would depend on a lot of factos, like how impacted the programs are in your area, money, time etc.

    I am in my final pre-req's for the RN program in my area now. The program is so impacted that there is a lottery used for entry. My plan is to apply to each program and the first one I get accepted to will be my pick. My plan is to become an RN, so if I end up starting the LVN route I will immediately transfer to the RN program. There is a lesser wait to get into the RN program as an LVN, but you still have to have the same Rn pre-req's, and of course, first be an LVN. I hope that makes sense!

    I just want to get my buns into nursing school and get my RN as quickly as I can. Waiting for a lottery pick can take years....
    You are lucky if you have a choice.
  5. by   nickellovesu
    Quote from MryRose
    Well I guess that would depend on a lot of factos, like how impacted the programs are in your area, money, time etc.

    I am in my final pre-req's for the RN program in my area now. The program is so impacted that there is a lottery used for entry. My plan is to apply to each program and the first one I get accepted to will be my pick. My plan is to become an RN, so if I end up starting the LVN route I will immediately transfer to the RN program. There is a lesser wait to get into the RN program as an LVN, but you still have to have the same Rn pre-req's, and of course, first be an LVN. I hope that makes sense!

    I just want to get my buns into nursing school and get my RN as quickly as I can. Waiting for a lottery pick can take years....
    You are lucky if you have a choice.


    Thank you for your advice! It is very hard to get into an RN program where I live as well and I dont want to wait around for it! I think I am just going to take the longer route and do LPN and then RN. I might even learn more! LOL
    Thank you! Good luck in school
  6. by   nesher
    Bottom line how long do you want to be in school?
    Yes doing the LPN route will get you going quicker, but obviously you will be in school longer - time that might be better spent getting a BSN instead. I would go for the goal - yes school is difficult to get in - but it will be worth it in the long run.
    Perhaps there is more than one school to apply to? What can you do to buff up your application and make you shine above the others?
  7. by   MryRose
    Quote from nesher
    Bottom line how long do you want to be in school?
    Yes doing the LPN route will get you going quicker, but obviously you will be in school longer - time that might be better spent getting a BSN instead. I would go for the goal - yes school is difficult to get in - but it will be worth it in the long run.
    Perhaps there is more than one school to apply to? What can you do to buff up your application and make you shine above the others?
    I agree with the BSN info.... I forgot to add for myself, that I need only one more class or two for the BSN application....so I am working to get that done as well, but while waiting will apply to what programs I qualify for.

    If I was younger, I would have gone the straight BSN route..... but I am 45 now and want to get on the floor and work now. I figure I have a good 15 years of work ahead at full time, then can work part time after that as I want.

    I soooo wish I would have done this earlier in my life!
  8. by   nickellovesu
    So you guys think I should work on the classes that I still need to get into the BA rn program? I guess I am just so nervous about getting accepted into it, I dont have a high gpa and I am trying my hardest. I have a 3.0, maybe I could work on making it stronger and then just graduate in 3 years. I dont know. Thank you so much for your advice! I am gonna try to get more information

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