I am about to finish my LPN program and am curious if I should just work as an LPN or go farther?

If I farther is an Associates in nursing enough or should I go for my Bachelor's?

Can I find a job with an Associate's or is the bachelor's needed?

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Id at least get an RN. ASN or BSN program, it’s the same license with a decent pay increase from LPN. It will take a bit longer, but healthcare is definitely in demand everywhere. See what you like?

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I personally chose to go for my LPN because I waited two years trying to get into a RN program. It worked out best for me because I don’t know if personal circumstances would have allowed for me to complete a RN program since it was longer. I have now been a LPN for about 8 years and I earn $70k a year working 4 days a week. I’ve been earning a minimum of $62k after only holding my license for one yesr. We have opportunities outside of the hospitals and honestly, we earn less in a hospital setting and get mistreated by RN’s, at least from my own personal experience.

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It really depends where you want to work if you were to go for your RN. Does the state you live/work in have a lot of LPN opportunities? I was an LPN for 12 years before getting my ASN and my last semester of RN school they started hiring LPNs in hospitals after having phased them out in the early 2000s. I now work in a pedi hospital full time and am making “new grad” pay at $34/hr. Hospitals just pay less in general, but my pay at a psych hospital as an LPN was $37/hr. It went up to $47/hr (per diem) once I got my RN though. And I also work in a detox per diem and my pay as an LPN was $32/hr and it’s now $45/hr. They just so happened to give a huge pay increase to retain staff. So my pay at my per diem job has increased and I am doing exactly the same thing as before when I was an LPN, now I just get paid to be the charge nurse. I won’t go back for my BSN unless I am forced to and unless my employer pays for it. It really all depends where you want to end up and what you want to do with your nursing career.

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I have been an LVN for 7 years and I would say definitely work as an LVN while getting your RN. Some of my freinds did like PRN positions or urgent care positions. It looks better in your resume for one and you can't beat experience.

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I really recommend you to go for a bachelor's. MSHS1 is right. It will only subject you to a more fair pay. Totally worth it.

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Work as an LPN and find an employer who’ll pay for your BSN. You’re better off with the BSN.

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Echoing what others here have said. Any of the above will really work depending on what you want to do. I'm an over-preparer, so BSN is the route I went. That said, I have friends with ASNs doing just fine.

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If you are serious about a nursing career I would say become a CNA first. You learn all the proper ways to do bedside care. You will also figure out really quickly if this job really suits you. There is no such thing as “CNA work”. All nurses do the nitty gritty. Might as well dive in and find out whether you like it or not because in my program, some people found out real quick that they didn’t like it the way they thought they would. It will also save you money if you find out you don’t like it.

Bachelors is preferred but an associates RN isn’t too bad. Pay won’t be as high and might not qualify for some positions, but can still make a decent living.

There’s no difference for pay where I work. Some places do pay a little more, but most I’ve run into do not. If you have ambitions of moving up, a BSN can be to your advantage.

Hi! It really depends on your career goals. What kind of career path are you planning to take in the future? I'd personally choose a bachelor's first.

You can definitely work as an LPN while studying for RN.

I think that would really depend on your goal, OP. You should also take into consideration the LPN opportunities in your area.

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