I've read tons of threads on whether to get an LPN first or just go for RN, but if anyone from Arkansas (especially the NW area) has any opinions on the matter, I'd love to hear them.
As far as I know (I have no experience yet...I'm going to a CNA class in the Spring), I wouldn't mind working in LTC for several years. And it appears that as a new LPN grad in NW Arkansas, I can make the same amount of money in LTC as a new grad RN.
I have a child, and I'm really broke now, so making a decent income asap is really appealing. I can go to an LPN programin Joplin in Aug that will only take 10 months. But my ultimate goal is BSN and then NP, so I'm still so confused at which path I should take. It seems that most bridge programs only give you a few credit hours for having an LPN. It's like a waste of time/money if your ultimate goal is BSN. All the options are totally overwhelming me at this point.