work as LPN while going to RN school?

im planning to transfer from my community college to an LPN school. money is a big issue for me, so i cant wait to work as a nurse. but then, i thought maybe after LPN i can go to RN school while working part time as an LPN nurse. OR, work as an LPN for a year then transfer to an RN or BSN program. what do you think????

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  1. I think it is great to go on and get your RN. The money is much better, I live ina very rural area but their is about 7-10 dallors difference in hourly rates for an LPN and RN. It will be hard to work and go to school but you can do it if you want it bad enough..I had a 5 week old baby when I went back to nursing school and it was tough but worth it!!

  2. hi there. well congrats on your decision to upgrade. to your RN.. i am an RN in canada, and i know it might be a bit different program in the states…. i started of as a health care aide for 17 years.. then just 4 years ago .i took the lpn and now im an RN just finished in January so i am still a grad nurse and i found it difficult to work as an LPN as i was studying my RN>. i think its best to take a leave of absence if you can and concentrate on getting the best mark possible in your RN.. exam.. i graduated with Honors.. and am waiting to write my provincial exam in May.. good luck to you and i hope whatever you decide to do is the right choice for you… ..

  3. Alot of people think they want to get into the nursing profession only to find out they can’t handle it.
    Becoming an LPN will give you the opportunity to get into the nursing field in short time and it will also give you the opportunity to see if you really want to do this for a career.
    I suggest you get your LPN and work for a bit and see if you want to go further and in the meanwhile you can earn some money and get some valuable experience.
    After becoming an LPN,there is the possibility that you could take some challange tests against your nursing degree which might help the expense factor.(Passing a challange test could help you get out of some classes which would save you some money.)

  4. If you have already completed the non-nursing courses ( English, Psych, A&P, Chem, Micro, etc) why waste time and money on LPN school when you have to start all over again to get your RN? (In my area LPNs only get exempted from the first semester of clinical. They have to take all of the other nursing classes.) If you really want to be an RN stay in that program and get a part time job as a nursing assistant, personal care tech, or home health aide for money. Many hospitals have tuition reimbursement programs available for those positions. Research and apply for any grants or scholarships available to help with the costs. FYI – All the LPNs in our program wish they had just started in the RN program to begin with. Working and going to school is extremely difficult but worth the rewards!