How has being (becoming) a lpn changed your life? - page 2

by futurenurseOB

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A little backstory. I am a single mom of three angels. We live in government housing I'm working as a cna until I take nclex. We are always one paycheck from being homeless and wi th out. I went back to school for my lpn to help... Read More


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    I agree with what midwest said, keep your CNA job until you land an LPN job. I just graduated in Dec 2012 and was amazed how long it took all my classmates to find jobs.
    I worked as a CNA for MANY years and being an LPN has most definately changed my life. I love having a better income, making a difference for the patients I care for (when I worked as a CNA I felt my ideas/input fell on "deaf" ears), its kinda fun being called the "nurse" ... he, he. I work LTC, which is what I love. The only part that I find challenging is keeping up with all the paperwork !!! Good luck to you ! Have you looked into Excelsior college online ? I'm doing my RN with them right now & hopefully will be an RN by May ! The only bad thing is you can't get financial aid.
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    I lived in Section 8 housing, which was income based. It was the best feeling in the world when they told me that I made to much to renew my lease.
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    I completed an LVN program in late 2005. Prior to this, my work history consisted of a three-year stint at a paper products plant as a factory worker, and before that, I held a string of low-paying jobs in the fast food and retail sector.

    The income potential, flexibility with scheduling, and variety of nursing specialties have certainly changed my life.
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    Becoming a LPN changed my life completly. I was able to make triple what I made working retail and other jobs. Being a LPN well prepared me for RN school.

    I'm so proud of you and you should be proud of yourself.
    I can not imagine going to LPN school with three children and being a single parent. You are an inspiration!
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    Awww you guys are sweet. I was actually pregnant throughout school with my last and had NO car. I was on the bus. I figure if I got through that, I can indeed get through anything. Thank you sooo much.
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    1. Oh, you're not alone. Many in my class had similar hardships. They took buses, birthed babies, had laid off spouses, on the system, etc... One classmate was living in her car. As far as I know, they passed NCLEX. We live in a state with cities that do have a demand for nurses. (sent you a pm).
    IMO, the social classes really aren't THAT fluid. Sure, if you're smack dab in the 'midddle'. You have options. But...the further you are down that ladder? The harder the climb out of 'the bottom'.
    You definitely need to be proud of yourself. You're teaching your children a series of powerful lessons, too.
    Perserverance.
    Work ethic
    WILLPOWER.

    2. Nursing school is the hard part. You'll pass NCLEX, I'm sure. No matter what you read on this site? It's not rocket science....

    3. You're on the RN path? Yeah....that's the headache that I'm dealing with right now. Indecision 2012. LOL
    I wish there were fewer options. LOL Well, look into LVN-BSN programs. We've a few here in Texas:
    - UT Tyler
    - Prairie View A&M (hbcu)
    - Wayland Baptist (private but more affordable than most)
    Some are online. We've a few ADN-BSN paths, too. Online as well.

    4. Becoming a nurse didn't really change my life. I took a paycut to be a nurse. I did xray/ct/management, beforehand. Left the hospital to go back to school. Decided that I wanted to become a nurse. Got waitlisted on the ADN route. Went vocational...and here I am.
    However, as many have stated? It feels good to be self-sufficient. To have that cushion.
    Of course, you won't be rich...but it's all relative, really. I personally know of 1 high-earner who whines about having trouble living on $100,000+/year salaries. "It's not as much as some think it is...."
    Really? I said, "What the hell are you spending your money on?" Sure, it'd be a problem if they lived in California or NY. But...they live in TEXAS! Stop it. LOL
    You can go 'head and blame ****-poor money management/consumption habits for that one, FUTURENURSEOB. LOL
    Granted, $100,000/per year is not what it used to be...no. There's no reason why an individual can't make do with that kind of income, though.
    On the other hand - I can live VERY comfortably on just $50,000/year. I don't live like a pauper. I like designer handbags and shoes and clothes and my facials and manicures and 'lashes'...just like any other woman. The difference? I have no children, yet. The home in which I stay is owned (family property). I own my car. I do save lots.

    The increase in salary is bound to improve your life. Money is a 'tool'...that grants 'options'.
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    MedChica, you've made some interesting points. I can live comfortably on $50, 000.00 a year as well. I'm very frugal and try to only spend money when absolutely necessary. As a matter of fact, I haven't treated myself to a manicure or anything since I finished lpn school. My treat was a job as a cna. Lol. I live below my means in order to try and save money and it depressing because my bank currently reads $0.00. That's a lot of 0's right. Lol. If u haven't noticed, I laugh to keep f rom crying.
    P.s. how do you begin to save money when u barely make enough for the basics...... I would love to know


    Thanks. I love you all
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    Girl you are my shero! For some it is easy to just lay down and wallow in self-pity or resign themselves to staying in their current situation. I too am hoping to be starting LPN school soon. When I got laid off I lost my home, my car, and my dignity for a while... The simple thought of getting in and making it to get my licensure and a job gives me life. Just keep pushing because the only place you have to go is up! Stick with your plan and I can't see it not working out in your favor. Best of luck to you and I will be praying for you and yours.
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    Thanks tflowers. I can't pity myself although at times I will like to. But my children are my motivation. I HAVE to make it, for their sakes
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    You inspire me. I'm going through a divorce right now and am now a single mom. Every day is a struggle but I keep telling myself I can push though it. Being a single mom sucks but I look at it this way, being in a relationship that I HATED was worse. My marriage was four years, my nursing program is only 10 months.....yeah I'll take 10 month of hell over another 4 years any day! Sign me up lol. If I have to live in my car for the next 10 months its a small price to pay to be free, and standing on my own two feet.

    Good luck
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