going on three years. I'm 37, divorced with no kids. I am currently taking steps to become an LPN. On this "track" I'll be done in May 2014 at 38. I know most will say go right for your RN. I cannot. Student loans maxed out. Tuition, books, etc are out of pocket. As a CNA I make $13/hr. As an LPN here I can make ~$21/hr. It's a quick program and I can't sustain myself for years through RN school, assuming I get in after my prerequisites are done. That's a year in itself. Then two years for an ADN program. ASSUMING I get in the first time.
My girlfriend & I want our first child. This would be tougher on us at CNA salary, RN school and baby support for at least the three years to get through school. I figure if she becomes pregnant this year I at least can be an LPN before delivery (or close to it).
Does it seem a good path or no? I don't mind CNA work. I like it. I do think I owe myself and a possible family the best financial base I can quickly. I could always do a bridge program to RN or BSN. In addition, we've decided to do long distance relationship. I've already scheduled 4 trips to visit. Upon my graduation, I'll take my NCLEX-PN there and work. Then move to the RN step while hopefully raising a kid.