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Which Nursing Degree is Right for Me?

Which Nursing Degree is Right for Me?

Peter Vogt | Monster.com

A profession facing a predicted personnel shortage of 1 million by 2012 tends to get creative about helping career changers break into the field. That’s exactly why diverse educational options are available to mid-career workers who want to switch gears and pursue a new career in nursing.

“The variety is needed to avoid duplicative education efforts on the part of second-career students and to feed the nursing pipeline,” says Susan Odegaard Turner, Monster’s Healthcare Advisor and a nurse with 30 years of wide-ranging experience in healthcare.

If you’re looking to transition into nursing, check out the varied educational paths you can explore.

The LPN/LVN Path

With at least a high school diploma, you can obtain one year of training at a hospital, vocational-technical school or community college and become a licensed practical nurse (LPN), known as a licensed vocational nurse (LVN) in some states.

But know in advance, Turner says, that as an LPN/LVN you’ll be limited in the on-the-job activities you can perform. Equally important, she says, is the fact that you’ll likely earn $10 to $15 an hour less than registered nurses (RNs), whose practice scope is wider. “An LVN is a great stepping-stone to RN, but the roles are not interchangeable,” she says.

Once you finish your training, you’ll need to pass your state-administered National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) to obtain your LPN/LVN license.

Next: The RN Path >>


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    JennyGK

    over 3 years ago

    198 comments

    nice article

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    ced33

    about 4 years ago

    2 comments

    I AM 33 YEARS OF AGE, AND START LPN SCHOOL IN JAN. 2011. WILL IT HELP THAT I HAVE A DEGREE IN BIOLOGYAND SOME MASTERS IN BIOLOGY?

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    loneoak

    almost 5 years ago

    12 comments

    I do not think high school anatomy and physiology would suffice in getting into any RN program.
    I had to take pre-med A&P prior to or at the same time as my RN courses. Nursing is a difficult career and it takes a special person to be a truly good nurse. Of course, anyone can be a "below average" nurse but is that the type of nurse you would want at your bedside? Or a nurse who takes her / his duties very seriously, has compassion, empathy and love what they do?

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    Account Removed

    about 5 years ago

    Thank you needed help where to start.

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    mYcAllinG_09

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I was thinking about getting an associates in nursing but you clearified that a bachelors degree is a smarter choice.
    Thanks =).

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    bogyahl

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    ok i have a question am graduatiing in may witha bachelors in science degree and i am a criminal justice major. i want to do RN though so am wondering how long it would take me

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    Nove

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    This is exactly what I needed! I've been doubting myself and my options but I can see that I have a lot ahead of me and that I should be patient as well.

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    aichausa

    over 5 years ago

    98 comments

    Nice!

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    luvjones

    over 5 years ago

    36 comments

    I want to go as far as BSN but I was a bit confuse as where to start or how but this article has really given me a better insight into things... so thanks!

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    tperd

    over 5 years ago

    108 comments

    Just what I needed.

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    TCTalbot

    almost 6 years ago

    296 comments

    Great, concise information to build upon!

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    britizs11

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    Thank you so much. i am 33 y/o and i have a BS degree in physical ed /biology. i am looking to change careers. Legal nurse consultant. is ther any particular track i should follow?

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    jessbarnes84

    almost 6 years ago

    596 comments

    Thanks Susan the info was a Big Help!

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    tiffannij

    almost 6 years ago

    194 comments

    Thanks that help me a lot.

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    supergirl73

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    very informative.

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