Quote from Gothique
I posted a thread before regarding if I should go to school to be a medical assistant before I went to RN school and decided that becoming an LPN would be a better option for me. I have several schools available to me in the area that I can complete in one year and they are thousands of dollars cheaper than RN school. I think this would be beneficial to me because it would put me in a nurse like environment and the bigger thing is if I don't like it I didn't just waste 2 years of hell and am 20 grand in debt. So here are several questions for you guys.
1. The main one being what should I look for in a school? I have a lot of LPN programs available to me, but some of them ask that you take pointless classes like anthropology and history. Should I look for school focused more on academics or clinical?
2. My friend said that if I'm going to be an LPN I should just be an RN because there's not that much difference and you get paid a lot more. Is this true? What is the average salary an LPN makes? I have read on Google it's anywhere from $14 - $29 per hour!
3. FINALLY are the schedules as crazy as an RN's? Are you guys working 16 hour shifts on no sleep and running on empty. I heard both yes and no.
Thanks for all your help and career advice. I'm going on my 2nd one so I have to make sure it's done right!
I will be attending my local CC for their LVN program and they focus on both academics and clinical. I have not gone to Nursing School yet but I would want my school to focus on both because you want the hands on experience as well as the academic experience too.
As for pay I have been told between $17 to 25 an hour depending on where you work, for instance I have been told that you get paid more an hour about $22-25 for Long-term care facilities and about $17 to 20 man hour for a doctor's office. And yes you get paid more an hour for being and RN pus they have more options for where they want to work because LVNs are limited to wher they an work.
I have heard the same thing anywhere from 12 hour shifts to 16 hour shifts, it just depends on the facility.
I hope that this helps and I am also on my 2nd career and my second chance with going to college so I really need to be successful in school because me and my husband want to buy a house. I was going to go straight to RN but that means that I would have to complete 7 to 8 pre-reques before I could even but my name on the RN wait list and that wait list is at least 1 to2 years, it would take me 3 to 4 years to complete my pre-reques and have to wait 1 to 2 years I would be 37 by the time I would start the RN pogram. With the LVN program I have already put my name on the wait list, no pre-reques and I will start in Fall 2008 or Fall 2009 and I would be a Nurse a lot sooner plus my CC said that after I graduate and ass my boards they will credit me 2 semesters of the RN program and all I have to do is take and pass the third semester of the RN program and I can take my boards tobe an RN and pass that and I am an RN, which means I can become an RN faster!!!I wish you luck and I hope everything works out for you!!!