Quote from alexodeh
Hi I need some advice as I would like to go to school for nursing and become a LPN. I'm 23 and have been a sales representative for a cell phone company for about 4 years but I'm starting to get tired of my job. I work 12 hours a day 7 days a week and have no enjoyment from my job. I deal with people coming in my job complaining with their phone problems and no one not even my boss really appreciates me and gives me no time off. I think nursing would be a good career for me but my wife who is a LPN finishing up to become a RN thinks I'm not cut out to be a nurse but I have a big heart and want to make a difference in peoples lives. If she could do it I believe I could also do it. I need advice on where to start to get started with my schooling any help is appreciated. Thank you for your time.
Gotcha - in my case I worked in IT for about a quarter-century before making the move to nursing. Not there yet, but I'm working on it (hospice volunteer & on-call CNA, plus going to summer school to work on my prereqs).
First - having a big heart, wanting to make a difference, strong interpersonal skills from your sales background; all good traits. But. There's an awful lot of "not so nice" that occurs in nursing that you have to take into account - not all patients want your help (even though they'll almost certainly need it) and will actively work to prevent you from helping, not all families are stalwart defenders of an ill relative, not all nurses are "angels in white", having to clean up anything (and I do mean ANYTHING) that comes out of a human body, etc. You have to be willing to do ALL of what's in your job description, and you have to be able to do it both safely and FAST.
If all this sounds like I'm trying to dissuade you - I'm not. In fact, as per your request, what I would recommend (if you can figure out a way to do it - 12 hour days/7 days a week means you're going to have to either cut your hours back drastically or just resign outright) is to either volunteer with a hospital/hospice/nursing home, or get certified as a CNA/STNA and get an entry-level job in home health/nursing home/hospital/etc. so you can see the "real world" of nursing. CNA training can be done through the Red Cross, or Adult Ed/ROP programs, or community colleges, or in some cases nursing homes will pay you to learn to be a CNA - many different avenues to get a CNA certification.
After that - assuming you're still willing to give nursing a shot (so to speak) there are a number of educational arenas. If you're looking at an LPN and don't intend to go on to an RN, you can go to a tech school for your training, or there may be a local Adult Ed/ROP program that has an LPN program in place. Going this route, it'll take about a year - but, it's unlikely that you can apply your coursework to an RN (your units typically aren't transferable - check with both the school doing the LPN training AND the school where you'd like to do your ADN/RN training) so be advised. Going the college route - well, it'll take longer (somewhere in the neighborhood of 1 1/2 - 2 years) but typically costs less, plus you won't end up re-taking a lot of coursework to go into an LPN-RN bridge program.
Since you've not mentioned RN, I'll keep this part brief - the move in the industry is away from the 2-year ADN/RN programs to the 4-year BSN programs; so, if you're planning on going after an RN be aware of this.
In any case - short & sweet. Get your feet wet first, then decide. And, the very best of luck to you no matter what you decide to do!