to me- LPN pay was not worth the money- in my hospital where I work- I love that place- they pay the LPN's $13/hr and the nursing assistants $10/hr - so definitely that was not for me- and they only take LPN's in the ER- and ER was not a place where I wanted to be-
The pay is not that great- and you work so hard as LPN- your schooling is very similar to our RN program. Sometimes when I couldn't find an RN nclex book
at the library when I was in school, I would grab the LPN version an it was extremely similar to the RN book- infact the lippincott had almost exact questions as RN and LPN books.
I would not discourage anyone from becomming an LPN. Because I think that LPN's are phenomenal. I know one who has been working there a long time, and she even helped me to ask about some blood test that was not ordered for my kid because my kid was on a certain med! LPN's are such great asset to have, and I miss them dearly when they are not around.
But for me personally, I did not want to be in an LPN school- that was like high school being there at 7:30am-3 pm mon-fri for a year, then studying for the nclex-pn exam- for 3 months- then working in a nursing home passing meds all day- (my first semester clinicals were at a nursing home and that is what LPN's did).
so, I ended up staying as a nursing assistant and taking pre-reqs for my future BSN- kept on the waiting list at schools, applied and applied and finally 4 years from the date that I started my pre-reqs for nursing I am an RN.
I have to tell you it was hard, but extremely doable. It can be done. I know an LPN that used to be a nursing assistant- and she even told me to go with her to LPN school- and she was having a hard time getting in to MDC because they wanted her to take certain classes- and some classes from the LPN did not transfer over so she had to take some classes over again- and today she is still an LPN and she is working as a nursing assistant at an adult hospital. she says that as a nursing assistant is less stress so she can focus on school- she started nursing school in 2007 part time program.
so, that is just my story- in no way and means am I discouraging anyone who reads this into becoming an LPN. Again LPN's are great, phenomenal, super-
but before you settle on LPN idea, and if you want to be an RN, think of the other possibilities that they have out there. perhaps being an RN is not as hard or as far away as you may think.