I used to teach in an ADN program in a state which permitted students to do this. Many of the students wanted to (or needed to, financially), and some of the other faculty actually encouraged
students to. The local LTCs would paint them a glowing picture in interviews about the great orientation they'd get, how the facility would be happy to work with their school schedule, how much support they'd have at work, etc. -- none of which turned out to be true. The students suddenly found themselves "thrown to the wolves," minimal orientation, trying to medicate 50 or 60 clients on evening or night shift, little or no flexibility about their schedules -- and most of the students who tried to do this either came close to flunking out of school, or did
. Either nursing school or
making the transition from nursing student to practicing nurse is difficult enough by itself, without trying to do both at once.
I agree you would be better off (in terms of stress level) continuing to work as a CNA rather than going the LPN-in-LTC route. If you can get a CNA job in a hospital, that would give you exposure to a broader range of experiences, and, in my experience, hospitals are pretty flexible about working with CNAs who are also nursing students. Assuming you are going to be a good CNA employee
, it would also give you an advantage in pursuing an RN position at the hospital after you graduate.
Best wishes for your journey!