(Closed) Which job is a better choice: RN(ADN) or LPN?

posted 9 years ago in Career
  • poll: Which entry level job is better?
    Registered Nurse (ADN) : (45 votes)
    92 %
    Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) : (4 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 3
    365 posts
    Helper bee

    I am not sure about the professional trends in your area, but I know in my area, the hospitals are leaning towards not hiring LPNs at all and hiring more RNs with bachelor degrees.  Here, hospital jobs are competitive.  Whereas, if you want to work in a nursing home setting or as a home health aide, an LPN will get you in just fine in most cases. 

    I learned this information when I was looking at nursing schools from a family friend who is the director of nursing for one of the top hospitals here.  Is there a career counselor or someone who you could talk with about this?

    ETA: Some schools have a bridge program, either LPN to RN, or for RNs wanting their bachelors degrees.  You could look into this and possibly be working as an LPN while you work on your RN.  Just make sure whatever school you attend is accredited.  If they are not, then you won’t be able to get your bachelor’s degree in the future using the credits you have already earned.

    Post # 5
    743 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    My mom is an RN, but I am not in the health care profession, so take my advice with a grain of salt….  I *think* RN’s are paid better (because they have more schooling).  And I know that my mom has never “wanted” for a job.  She has worked in hospitals, Dr’s offices, as a school nurse, as a college nurse, as a visiting nurse, and as a “factory” nurse (nurse at a factory).  I know she has been very happy with the flexibility she had in careers as we were growing up, and is also happy that, should she ever need to move for my dad’s career, she would be able to find a job pretty quickly.  Good luck with school and your career – I think nurses rank right up there with teachers in the “underpaid, but very, very necessary” careers!

    Post # 6
    365 posts
    Helper bee

    As far as salary, in my state RNs make significantly more than LPNs.  But if you could find an accredited bridge program, I don’t see why you couldn’t do your LPN and start working while you finish your RN.  Then you have both school experience and work experience, which might make you more competitive when looking for RN jobs.

    Post # 8
    365 posts
    Helper bee

    On this website, you can find the contact information for various state’s Boards of Nursing.  They should be able to give you more resources in your state and possibly answer any questions.



    Good luck!

    Post # 10
    32 posts

    Wow it sounds really different from the way it is here…

    In Ontario there is no such thing as LPN it is called RPN, and it is a two and a half year program. To be an RN it’s a four year program.

    Post # 11
    327 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    That’s easy. Not even a choice, be a RN. You will not regret it. The pay is better and there are more jobs! If you become an LPN, chances are you will never go back to school to upgrade. So do it now and get it over with!

    Post # 13
    284 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I voted for RN…as I am one, so I’m a bit biased…BUT and this is a huge BUT, a lot depends on what your current backround is and where you decide to get your degree. If you are new to college, and plan on going to a community college for your Associates in Nursing, and you have no previous college credits…you will more than likely not complete the curriculum in 2 years. The actual nursing program is 2 years, but you have to take pre-requisites to start those nursing classes, and it generally takes 1 year to get all of those out of the way. So, it generally takes about 3 years to  complete the AA Nursing Program. The same kinda follows suit with the LPN program, one of my good friends just finished her LPN program, and going full time, its an 18 month program here, and that includes the prerequisites. In our area, LPNs aren’t heavily utilized in hospitals, or acute care…but emergent care centers (Patient First, etc), Long term care, and Home Health will employ LPN’s. They aren’t paid as well–and the openings are scarce, but they are there…

    Post # 14
    11324 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    @Prettyinpink89: regarding financing, I believe that going to school to be a nurse would be treated the same way as any other degree. In which case, the first thing you need to do is fill out a FAFSA form. The website is here: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/# . I’d go there sooner rather than later because the deadlines depend on where you live and I know in Ohio they are March 15. Once you fill that out, you’ll be able to apply for financial aid and loans. 

    Post # 15
    1941 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    Hmm, I am an LPN and I AM going back to school for my RN (in an LPN-RN transition program) so I don’t agree that they do not go back to further their education. Honestly it all depends on your funds available and what you want to do. Do RN’s make more money in the long run, yes.  A side note, where I work, RN’s only make $1.50 more than we do. Our employer does not base your pay on your education level but on your experience level. Are hospitals hiring more RN’s, and I mean ALL RN’s not just Bachelor degrees, yes bc of the training regarding PICC lines etc. I went to school for my LPN bc I was in an RN ADN program  and there was a long waiting list and they developed this program. I did it and could not be more happy. Getting actual work, real life experience has helped me tremedously in my RN program compared to those who don’t have it. Plus my employer is paying for my RN program. In my area, LPNS are common and run most of the Rehab centers and nursing homes here. I work on a skilled cardiac/rehab unit too. Each area is going to be different. But LPNs are not scarce, they are not being phased out and it is a good way to go if you are paying for yourself to go. My point, either choice is a good choice, but I do recommend if you get your LPN first, your further it to an RN.

    Post # 16
    435 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Where I live it’s better to be an RN. They are doing away with most LPN jobs, and they are being filled by RNs…

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