nursing ques- whats the diff bet Nurse, Rn, Lpn- in terms of education (yrs), salary- and how high up u can go?

plus, what schools in NY/NYC would you recommend?

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  1. Amanda C says:

    RN makes substantially more than a LPN. Takes longer to be an RN. and there are alot of limitless oppurtunities in the nursing field. RN have alot more responsibility than an LPN. LPN typically work in an nursing home as RN can work anywhere Hospitals, DR Offices and etc..

    I dont live in NYC so I cannot reccommend any schools do a little research and find some. Look for accredidation, able to transfer credits and so forth. good luck!

  2. You can become an LPN in about 9-12 months. While some schools offer an Associates Degree LPN program, most of the time you are not earning a degree. You will earn about $14-20 per hour to start, some places might pay a bit more, but almost definitely not more than $25 per hour even with years of experience.

    You can be an RN with as little as an Associate’s Degree, which is a two-year program, however there are pre-requisite courses in biology, chemistry, etc. which must be completed before you start the nursing courses, so most people end up taking about 3 years to complete the degree.

    You can become an LPN first, then take a RN bridge program, which usually takes about another 12-18 months.

    Or, you could go straight for your BSN / BAN, a full four year degree in nursing. While both the Associates and the BSN allow you to take your RN licensure exam (same test for either degree option), you are provided with a more well rounded education, and trained in more of a leadership capacity with the BSN / BAN degree, therefore in the long run you will be more eligible for promotions and positions beyond regular bedside staff nursing. If you do the Assoc. program first, you can complete the BSN / BAN later, and most employers offer some kind of tuition reimbursement these days.

    In a regular staff nurse position, you will make anywhere from $25-$35 per hour to start, if you hold the BSN degree it might pay about a dollar more per hour. The pay differences with the higher degree only start to kick in if you are in other positions, like supervisory or management. In those positions, you can make $60k per year and up to start.

    You can go on to specialize and earn a Master’s Degree where you could focus on being a Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Certified Nurse Midwife, Certified Registered Anesthetist, Nurse Educator, etc. You could then go on and earn your Doctorate in nursing and work in research or higher education or other high level administration positions.

    Opportunities are endless as far as education and specialty areas.