Has anyone taken the LPN program from NorQuest? I was looking at doing their distance program. From what I understand you do most of your work at home, go to Edmotnon for practice clinicals and then can complete clinicals in your own community.
I was also wondering about what kind of work LPN's acutally do? When I first started out reasearching nursing I thought that an LPN could pretty much only work in LTC. When I look at job postings I see everything form LTC to L&D and Surgery!
I cant move to a larger city to go to university as I have 2 small childern at home. My husband has a very good job where we are so this distance LPN program sounds real good to me. It was not my first decision but it is the best. The more I think about it the more excited I get.
OK, I'm starting with the basics. You are not taking an "LPN" course. It's a diploma in Practical Nursing. The "L" is only obtained after passing the national registration exam.
Norquest's distance ed course has been running for years. I've worked with good nurses produced by the course and some terrible ones. They all had previous experience working as care aides. The course had video content and skills kits sent to them.
LTC is NOT the only option for LPNs. I would have quit years ago as I am not an LTC nurse. Look at the AHS website for the different areas that hire LPNs. AHS is the major employer of all nurses in Alberta.
Do not expect to work in maternity or paeds (or any of the other "glamourous areas) right away. There's not that many jobs and they don't go to new grads. It seems to be the "dream" job of many student nurses.
You have to be very motivated and dedicated to study at home. You have to complete the course work by specified times. You'll need to consider childcare because it's not course work that can be done in two hours in the evening when the kid are in bed.
Weren't you accepted into the UofA's BScN programme a while back and determined to be an RN?
Last edit by Fiona59 on Feb 7, '11