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Old 03-27-2008, 10:15 PM
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*Kind of long..please help* I am new here and thought I would start out by asking the question that has been bothering me for the past few weeks. Right now I am enrolled in the RN program but need to finish some of the pre-reqs. The RN program at my college has a longer wait than the LPN. Right now I am an STNA and make 11.69 per hour, which isn't bad considering I live with my parents and don't plan to move out until I am graduated. Anyways, I want to be an RN but feel I may be better off to start as an LPN and then go back for RN. I currently work in a LTC facility and I know I could get in there as an LPN with no problem. At this LTC facility, the LPN does the same as the RN. Of course the pay is not as high as an LPN but right now, as a 19 year old college student trying to get through school fast so I can move out and start my life, I think the best route would be LPN? I am interested in the traveling nurse options as to me, this seems like money in the bank since there are not many expenses such as a house and bills. Please let me know what you think...sorry this is soooo long!
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Old 03-28-2008, 01:17 AM
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Are there traveling positions for LPN's?

Are you confident that you'll have the time/desire to go back to get your RN once you've become an LPN?

I guess I don't have the experience to answer your question. I guess as an LPN you'd have a more demanding schedule to work around in regards to taking classes towards your RN, but if fast independence is what you're looking for, maybe getting your LPN first is what you need to do.

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Old 03-28-2008, 11:41 AM
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Welcome, Mekenze, to Nursing Voices. I hope to see you here often.

I do not know enough about you and your family/financial situations to offer an opinion. I will, however, tell you that once upon a time, when I was in nursing school, I was counseled by someone deeply concerned about my financial situation to become an LPN instead investing the time in gaining an RN license. I had very little income, a husband recovering from a critical injury, and two children, one of whom was profoundly multiply handicapped and medically fragile. All my friend could see was the immediate need for dollars. She thought I was irresponsible for not testing as an LPN and getting a job right away. I am very glad I did not heed my friend's advice. Although her concern was appreciated (and her social pressure and financial pressure were remarkably strong), I simply could not accept the limitations of being an LPN. The two little letters (RN) after my name have opened many more doors than would have opened with three letters (LPN).

Again, welcome to NV! Please keep us posted on your progress.

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Old 03-28-2008, 05:24 PM
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Thanks for the input so far. I decided today (I think ) That I am going to do the LPN and go back for RN. I have tried to look for traveling positions and I have actually found a few. At some hospitals around my area they are actually have their own traveling teams that go back and forth to different hospitals and make double to triple time just for agreeing to go to another LOCAL hospital. Of course I have not made up my mind totally, and hopefully all of your valuable input will have a huge impact. Thanks so much!
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Old 04-03-2008, 04:01 AM
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I don't know how your programs work but our RN course allows you to stop halfway through if you are having trouble and graduate as a EN Div2 (LPN to you Americans). Traveling nurses in Australia have more oportunity if they are fully trained RNs especially if they are also trained in emergency or critical care.

I don't believe in doing things by half, and while you have the opportunity to do the full RN I think you would be better to take it (living at home and all).
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Old 04-03-2008, 12:46 PM
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Thanks for the input so far. I decided today (I think ) That I am going to do the LPN and go back for RN. I have tried to look for traveling positions and I have actually found a few. At some hospitals around my area they are actually have their own traveling teams that go back and forth to different hospitals and make double to triple time just for agreeing to go to another LOCAL hospital. Of course I have not made up my mind totally, and hopefully all of your valuable input will have a huge impact. Thanks so much!
Like everyone else I can't say I would be qualified to tell you how to best proceed, to much personal information that we don't know. However, given this quote let me just tell you get back at the RN program as quick as you can. Most schools and states give far more credit to LPNs returning to school then they used to. Best of luck.
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Old 04-03-2008, 01:27 PM
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do what works best for you!! That will always make you the happiest.

I've watched quite a few of our staff move thru their education. I think some of our best new RN's are the ones who were LPN"s ...IF.....they can make that jump to critical thinking . That is one of the big things that separates LPN"s from RN"s in my experience. Some LPN's get it with some experience, but it is not taught to them like it is with RN"s.

I think travel nursing would be great!! The amount of experience you get from that is immeasurable. If I had to do it again, I would do some travel nursing. I may still think about it at some point when it is easier to leave my home unattended for months at a time.

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