I start my LPN program next week and I really just want to turn the other way and run. Don't get me wrong I really want to be a nurse, but I've never been 100% sure that the LPN route is the way I want to go. I'll be honest and say that I signed up for the LPN program without doing research on what an LPN was or how the LPN job market is in my area was. A few months ago I researched everything and I was really let down to known that LPN's are not really used in my area, at all. The few jobs that I could find required experience of at least a couple years and I have no medical experience. Not to mention there's three LPN schools in the area so the job market is probably saturated. I was also extremely let down to know that none of the classes I would take at the LPN program would transfer towards the local community college or any college for that matter. After looking up all this information, I'd honestly rather try to get my RN instead. I know there are bridge programs, but I would still have to do ALL the pre-reqs. At least two years worth and then the local schools only let you test out of the first semester of nursing school and they also require you to have over six months working experience as an LPN to bridge. I initially chose the LPN program because it was only 10 months. You know, what can seem better than potentially landing a good nursing good after only 10 months? But after looking into it, my options are very limited where I live for an LPN. I can't decide if 10 months of LPN school are worth only being able to test of out one semester and more than likely not landing the amazing job I dreamed of in my head.
I've debated whether or not the LPN program was what I really wanted to do for months now. Both in my head and with my friends and family. Everyone tells me to go get my RN and I know in my heart that's what I want to do. I didn't know it when I signed up for this, but now I know it. Yesterday, I received a call from the school saying they were having problems processing my loan. Exactly a week before the start of school, stressful! I had a terrible feeling in my stomach the whole time and really wanted to say 'forget it I don't want to go'. I couldn't believe they waited this late to tell me there's problems with my loan. I feel like it was a sign reinforcing what I have thought for months, that this may not be the best decision for me.
Also yesterday, the power steering went in my car. I found out it needs an entire new steering column costing $2,000 to replace... I will have no car to drive to school and will have to think of a way to get there for awhile being I left my job to go to the LPN program and do not have an extra $2,000 laying around. Either yesterday was just the worst day ever or it's signs that I shouldn't do the LPN program.