I am currently going to school to become a LPN in michigan, due to the long wait times, for RN schools. Of which I am on several waiting lists. Alot students are going this route, so that they can get advance placement into RN programs. Through the LPN-ADN or LPN-BSN programs.
Let me say I been a NA at Henry Ford Hospital for less than 2 years and I find that many hospitals are hiring LPN's in there home health departments, and hospice. All the hopsitals in Michigan are bringing in EMT's and LPN's into their emergency rooms instead of ULP (like NA's).
Many hospitals also are using LPN's in their Dialylsis departments. There are an abundance of opportunities to LPN in the nursing homes, due to the increase in the Baby Boomers retiring. Many RN's don't think they are good enough to work in nursing homes, and many nursing homes, can't afford to have an all RN staff.
My mom was in Healthcare industry for 30 years and told me every since the 60's they have been saying LPN's will be phased out. Yet, here we are with LPN's still being needed and viable in Health Care. Yes! Many hospitals are not hiring them as floor nurses, but there are other opportunities for them. Not to mention, training schools that need LPN's to train PCT's, NA's and Medical Assistants. I have already been offered a Job when I am done to teach PCT's.
Please also note, that all hospitals in michigan hire ADN RN's you only need a BSN to be in managment.
There has been 40 nurses hired on the floor I work on in the last years in a half. All but 3 have been ADN RN's.
Not to mention many new LPN's in nursing homes make more money than new RN's starting as floor nurses in hospitals.
So all I can say is don't be discouraged, I have found on my floor many of the nurses were LPN's first. They tend to make more better nurses, who don't think it to little to do what ever is neccessary for the patient.
Also, I was told by my nurse educator who was a LPN first, that being a LPN first makes RN school alot easier as well.
Once I have completed my LPN certificate, that fall I will start my RN's classes and be done in half the time, then I would have been going the traditional method.