Dear Nurse Beth,
So I just finished nursing school (LPN Program) back in September. I took my NCLEX in October and passed. Ultimately I want to be a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. As an LPN I can't do anything really in OB/NICU/L&D. I was looking into being an OB Tech but was wondering if it is worth it to be a tech even though I am an LPN. I'm not really worried about the money more so than the experience I would like to gain while looking into doing my RN/BSN, but at the same time I DO need a good income. Would OB Tech be a good start towards NNP? What exactly is the career path you would advise? What other fields would you recommend? I feel so "limited" as an LPN, especially in VA!
Dear Feels Limited,
Congrats on achieving your LPN licensure!
To be an NP, you need to get your Registered Nurse training and license, as you mentioned. Then after that you can apply to NP school.
So educationally, you are on the right track.
Experience-wise, your opportunities as an LPN will be limited to mostly long-term care, which
provides an income and nursing responsibility, but not directly clinically related experience. As an OB tech you would be limited practice-wise, but would be in the general setting you eventually want to practice in (NICU).
OB techs assist with delivery which is closer to your ultimate goal than long-term care.
Hope this helps.