Would it be better to become an LPN before pursuing a career as an RN?
LPN: Licensed Practical Nurse
RN: Registered Nurse
Now, before you jump off the deep end. This is not about which option is better. This is a genuine career path decision that many nursing students have pondered.
Here’s a quick snapshot of the differences between the two roles Registered Nurse vs. LPN:
Is getting your LPN before getting your RN something you should do? What about getting through LPN school, and then working as an LPN before you start RN school? Is it advantageous? Or is it a waste of time?
My answer has changed over the years. The role of the LPN is changing (at least in my experience in the hospital setting), and you need to decide if becoming and LPN is worth your time and money.
One thing to keep in mind is this. What will you gain from becoming an LPN if your final goal is to become an RN? If you only have the time and financial ability to enroll in an LPN program, then I would say go for it. You can gain a professional license and start working in the nursing force (if there is a job available). Be sure to consider the amount of time & money you will need to invest and re-invest when it comes time to enroll in the RN program.
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