I have just started CNA classes and I really want to move up to LPN after that. I will have to find a job right after becoming a CNA due to financial issues so I would be working and trying to do school together, plus being married and trying to have time for my family. Anyways, so I have heard that some companies will pay for you to move up to LPN as long as you agree to work with them after. Does that mean that you would work part time and do school part time, work full time and school, or what? What is the easiest way to go about this. Should I work as a CNA for 6months to a year before trying to become an LPN? I need any advice you can give me! Also if the company wont pay for it will the work with you around your school schedule. Sorry for so many questions and this being kinda repetitive I am just trying to get the most information so I can do this the easiest and fastest way.
Feb 10, '12
I'm trying to do the same thing. I start stna (what cna's are called in ohio) classes in march, and I'm currently taking pre-req's at my community college. I'm going to try to do all my pre_req's +& non nursing classes and then apply for the lpn program starting next fall. So I'll only have nursing classes, which will only be one/ two courses a semester. So I can still probably work full time. I also have a daughter so there's no way I can go without a job.
Feb 10, '12
I worked as a CNA as I went to nursing school. Most places do have a tuition reimbursement program. The catch is you need to work for them a certain amount of time after graduation.
I'd say as soon as you get your CNA, start going to school to become an LPN or RN. If it is possible for you, go straight for your RN. It will be worth it, believe me!!
As far as family goes, I looked at school as something that took all of my time for a short period so that I would have more time for my family later. It is only a few years. I did not want my kids to grow up in a house full of financial difficulties like I did. I am now a happy father that can provide for my kids without the financial stresses of life. Yea,.... I'm glad I "gave up" those 3 1/2 years!!