Need LPN advice! - page 2

I'm a recent college grad considering the nursing field. I'm raising a toddler and work full-time. To make it easier on myself, thought I'd get my feet wet and become an LPN first, train to be an RN... Read More

  1. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from Tommybabe
    This is why I am going to take the LPN route to nursing, too. There are many waiting lists at the RN schools around here, but the LPN program goes by test scores. If you don't score in the top 30-40, then you have to reapply the next year. I can't wait 2 to 3 years to get into a RN program. If you don't mind me asking, how do you like working weekend doubles? I know many LPNs who would love that schedule, but they tell me that it's usually reserved for those who have been employed at the nursing home for a while. I'm going to request weekend doubles (I work as a CNA) if I get into the LPN program, so I was curious as to whether that schedule made you exhausted for the RN program.
    I know that this question was not directed at me, however, let me ask...do you work at an agency as a CNA? Because if you do, then, it may be very easy to receive a weekend assignment. Most full time employees have every other weekend off, making them short of staff, and then, there are others that call in on the weekends. Also, if you are a per diem employee, it may be easier to get weekend assignments as well. Good luck!
  2. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from Tommybabe
    If you don't mind me asking, how do you like working weekend doubles?
    I absolutely love working the weekend double shifts because I have more autonomy in addition to the 5 days off per week. My nursing home hired me into the weekend double position with no prior experience since they don't reserve it for any particular people. I attend school at my local community college Monday through Friday with a full load of 12 credit hours and my grades are good.
  3. by   nursesaideBen
    For me, the LPN program I'm attending to has been a life saver! I work part time at a local hospital and PRN at an assisted living facility as a CNA and go to school full time during the week. The program I go to is 18 months long and divided into two phases. I did the first phase of the program last year when I was a senior in high school and am now in the second phase (only 7 months left ) the great thing is that since I went to the county high school that this program is offered in I don't have to pay tuition and since financially I don't have to capability to attend an ADN or BSN program the LPN program was perfect for me. Afterall there's nothing wrong with climbing your way up the ladder!
  4. by   Plagueis
    Quote from TheCommuter
    I absolutely love working the weekend double shifts because I have more autonomy in addition to the 5 days off per week. My nursing home hired me into the weekend double position with no prior experience since they don't reserve it for any particular people. I attend school at my local community college Monday through Friday with a full load of 12 credit hours and my grades are good.
    That's great that you got the weekend doubles position right away, and that you're grades are good. I would like to have that option, since I figured it would give me 5 days for the LPN program and for studying time. However, it's very difficult to get flexible scheduling at my job, as most of us CNAs and LPNs work 5, 8-hour shifts per week, with a few part-time LPNs. I would think that the nursing home would want a CNA who is willing to work doubles on the weekends, since that is when we are usually short staffed.
  5. by   Plagueis
    Quote from pagandeva2000
    I know that this question was not directed at me, however, let me ask...do you work at an agency as a CNA? Because if you do, then, it may be very easy to receive a weekend assignment. Most full time employees have every other weekend off, making them short of staff, and then, there are others that call in on the weekends. Also, if you are a per diem employee, it may be easier to get weekend assignments as well. Good luck!
    I am not an agency CNA, so I don't have the schedule flexibility that one would have. However, I'm still going to try for the weekend doubles next year for LPN school.

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