Need your advice Please (LPN school)

  1. Hi everyone!! I need some assistance please. I am planning on going to school for my LPN. I have one 5 yr old boy and plan on quiting my job to work nights as a CNA while in school. My mom says this is a mistake because it will be cutting my pay in half. Thing is I want this sooooo bad, besides its only for 10 months. Am I rushing into this too fast or should I go ahead and go through with it?

    I live on my own with my son. I have rent, car note, bills but do have some money saved up to help pay ahead on these things.


    Please advise when you have a chance.

    Thanks!!!!

    Kelli
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   perfectbluebuildings
    If you really want the nursing degree, and it is financially feasible for you to take a cut in pay at this time, I think you should go for it! I know it will be hard (not from experience but from what others have said) to have a child and work AND be in school at the same time.

    But if you have thought this through and really want to be an LPN, I am thinking you will have the motivation to pull through and do it! Maybe someone who has gone through similar experience in school can offer you more concrete advice. Good luck to you, let us know whatyou decide!
  4. by   GPatty
    I agree with Rayrae~
    If being a nurse is something you really want, and you are financially able right now to take the plunge, then do it!
    Nursing is the most rewarding thing I have ever done, and although there are "moments" when I would like to throw in the towel and give up my degree, I would never....
    I work in LTC, and when a little gnarled hand reaches up to pat my face, and I get told "You're so sweet.." that makes it all worthwhile...again. Or when my patients know my schedule better than I do, cause they say they'll miss me when I am gone...yea... nursing is great, and I wouldn't want to be anywhere or do anything else!
    Good Luck to you and keep us posted on your decision!
  5. by   LPN1974
    I agree with the others. If you have got your bills figured out and can do it financially, you should do it. You have a child to raise. Expenses are going to increase as he goes thru school himself, and you're going to be thankful for the extra money.
    The next year is just a drop in the bucket, compared to trying to get your child thru high school.
    God speed to you..........
  6. by   shopgal
    First of all good luck it's hard, but imagine the benefit when you are done. The thing is, especially if you have kids, there is never going to be a good time to go to school, the money will never be there, etc. It's like waiting to have kids until you have enough money, you will never have enough money. It really sounds like you're ready and there is a lot of assistance out there just talk to the financial dept. at your school. It's their job to help you out and give you all of the info. I went before I had kids, but I, unfortunately, had a very unsupporting husband who was constantly trying to sabatoge my school, so I guess it was like having a child around Good luck to you, you have to do what's right for you and try to hear that instead of what everyone else says.
    LPN in Kansas City

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