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by ladeetee2012 ladeetee2012 (New) New

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Ok first of all i need help, alot of help! I am currently taking my pre reqs in college for my ASsociates in Nursing. I just started college this fall! I used to be in the Army for 6 years and decided to get out! Well i got out August 2011 and i decided to finally pursue college and get in the nursing program! Well i have 3 kids ages 6, 4, and 1 year old. I heard alot from people that nursing can take up to 3 years. Well heres the problem i want to get my degree in nursing in two years because i wamt to get a job fast for my kids! Oh and the army is paying for my college! Anyways im so confused right now i dont know if i want to really do the associates program or just do the LVN!! Thanks alot for your help

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TheCommuter has 14 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych.

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Are you in CA or TX?

If you are in CA, there's a very real possibility that you may not land an LVN position. More than 200 LVN programs exist in CA. The majority are private trade schools that graduate classes of new nurses every few months without the corresponding demand.

In addition, IENs (internationally educated nurses) from certain countries are increasingly being told to apply for LVN licensure because their RN/BSN education is being rejected by the California Board of Registered Nursing due to concurrency issues. These IENs are applying for, and receiving, LVN licenses. If you are in CA, you will be competing with them for jobs.

If you are in TX, the nursing job markets in the major cities have tightened due to the sluggish economy. However, job opportunities for LVNs are readily available in smaller cities and towns located more than 100 miles away from the major metropolitan areas.

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I strongly recommend RN over LPN. They will soon face out LPN and RN with ADN. It's just a rumor but it has circling around. Who knows butI wouldn't take chance. RN would be a better bet for future.

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TheCommuter has 14 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych.

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I strongly recommend RN over LPN. They will soon face out LPN and RN with ADN. It's just a rumor but it has circling around. Who knows butI wouldn't take chance. RN would be a better bet for future.
It's a rumor that has been 'circling around' since 1965, which is the year that the ANA released their infamous position statement about entry into professional nursing practice.

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TheCommuter has 14 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych.

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Im in killeen tx
This discussion has been moved to the Texas Nursing forum for more responses.

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I was thinking of changing my major since Nursing takes forever!!!:-/.. But im so confused!!

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I woudlnt ever get my LVN. RN is the only way to go. LVNs are underpaid, overworked and work many jobs people dont really want (nursing home, ltac, etc).

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So if anyone of you all was in my situation would you change your major to something that you know wont take three years??Let alone im in a community college which i have to wait on the waiting list until i get accepted in the program.I dont know how long thats going to take!!

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