Major career move...need advice...

  1. I graduated, moved out, and got married all withing three months. Now,
    3 1/2 yrs. later, I'm a full time wife and mother of a 2 yr. old. I work in an opthalmologist office but also work for 2 other opticians. I am scheduled to take my NET next friday at a local Technology Center. If they accept me, I'll start Practical Nursing classes in July 2005. Any suggestions. Is this a mistake. I can''t go to a college. I'm going to have to work part-time somewhere because I won't be able to work where I am now. Should I go for LPN or something else. Is there anything else I will have to take to work in a NICU or just Women's Care/Neonatal?
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   manna
    I don't have any good advice - I just wanted to say good luck, and welcome to allnurses!

    Maybe just do the LPN first - then once you're working in a healthcare facility, you can be a bridge program to RN?

    Most of the LPNs I know around here either work LTC or medical-surgical type floors. Of course LPNs work in a variety of settings, so maybe someone in the LPN forum would know more about that topic than I.
  4. by   mom2michael
    1st off, congrats on making the decision to take the NET and start on your nursing career, whatever path that might be.

    If you are interested in working in NICU, every hopsital is different, but where I work it's only RN's and NP, they do not have LPN positions there or in OB BUT the OB/GYN drs. around here hire lots of LPNs. The best way to find out for sure is to call up the hopsital personnel department and ask the recruiter. If you are opting for the LPN route for now, ask them what departments usually hire for LPNs or what drs usually hire LPNs if you are interested in that route. Also, call the school you are taking the NET at and ask there where most of the graduates go to work at.

    Good luck in whatever decision you make!!!
  5. by   wonderbee
    Just want to wish you the best of luck. My daughter is in much the same position with a four year old and a newborn. This is an ongoing discussion between the two of us. She too, if she goes through with it when the time comes, will opt for the LPN route. I don't know if it will get you onto critical care units but it should open some doors for you and get you into nursing.

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