I'm approaching the end of the 1st year of an ADN program. It may
be possible for me to take the NCLEX-PN this summer. If so, and if given the chance, do you think it would be more beneficial for my future as an RN to work as an LPN in an extended care facility during my last year of the ADN program, or to work as a nursing assistant in an acute care facility?
I'd love to hear some advice.
Thanks in advance!
Elkpark, thanks very much for the advice and the well wishes. I have learned a lot from many of your posts on this site as well. Following are a few more specifics regarding my situation (just in case they sway your opinion
Currently, I work every weekend as a CNA at the LTC where I would work as an LPN, if I were to pursue the license. They have been VERY flexible with my schedule (which allowed me to work full-time during the first semester of my program), as they are with LPNs in LPN-RN programs; it is a large hospital-owned LTC/rehab. The weekends-only schedule may be available to me as an LPN as well. Generally, our nurse-to-patient ratios on midnights are 1:30. Typically, this LTC gives new nurses a one-month orientation, but I've seen them extend it by a few weeks for some who asked for more time.
So, if I were guaranteed part-time, weekends only, with reasonable support, do you think it would be more beneficial to get LPN experience during the last year of my program? Although I would like the extra money from LPN wages during the last year of school, my primary reason for considering an LPN license midway is to strengthen my skills.
Last edit by 777RN on Apr 10, '12
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