Hello! Trying to decide whether I should become an LVN

  1. Hello! My name is Dee and I live in Sacramento, CA. I have been a medical assistant for many many years and want to become an LVN and then RN. I have always enjoyed the field, However, because I had to wait a long time to start the LVN program, a friend talked me into a paralegal program, I started that but I don't like it. I want to go to nursing school but I am not sure if the money would be as good as a paralegal.
    I am a single mom and have to consider that. I want to be happy though too and I can start the LVN program in September but I would have to quit the paralegal program,
    so confused!!!

    Can anyone tell me if the LVN field is a good one monatarily speaking? I appreciate any help, thanks.

    Dee
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   Spidey's mom
    Hi -

    A nurse makes a pretty decent wage in my opinion. Obviously RN would be more than LVN for the most part. You also should take into consideration where you want to end up. LVN's for the most part in my area work in LTC. RN's have many options - actually the field is wide open and the nursing shortage makes nurses quite attractive to employers.

    I went back to school at 38 and went for my RN right away. It doesn't take that much longer and worked for me.

    There are lots of good threads on here about going back to school - lots of good advice.

    Best wishes.

    steph

    p.s. I live in Northern CA too, north of Redding.
  4. by   Tweety
    I have no idea what LVN's make in California verses paralegals. But wish you good luck and happiness. Welcome.
  5. by   dee3536
    Thanks for the info. I appreciate it. Oh, what is LTC? Did you go back to school for 2 or 4 years? Thanks again

    Dee

    Quote from stevielynn
    Hi -

    A nurse makes a pretty decent wage in my opinion. Obviously RN would be more than LVN for the most part. You also should take into consideration where you want to end up. LVN's for the most part in my area work in LTC. RN's have many options - actually the field is wide open and the nursing shortage makes nurses quite attractive to employers.

    I went back to school at 38 and went for my RN right away. It doesn't take that much longer and worked for me.

    There are lots of good threads on here about going back to school - lots of good advice.

    Best wishes.

    steph

    p.s. I live in Northern CA too, north of Redding.

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