Could I have some professional opinions please? I am retiring from the military, I am now a 50 year old female. My plan was always to become a nurse, but life and kids and work got in the way. Now I'm either going to go thru a local Surgical Tech course and get my certification or go to LPN vocational school. Being 50, I"m not really intrested in going the RN route or working towards my BA. Looking in the local papers, there seems to be the same amount of job openings for both. You guys are out there in the profession, which job is better to you? I've been told as a LPN I will just end up working in a nursing home on night shift, I don't know if that's true. But as a surgical Tech, my job will not be hands on with patients. What are your thoughts and thanks!