k, here goes. In 2009 I got my bachelors degree from a very expensive school. Drowning in loans and not being able to find a decent job I bounced around lost and poor., I thought about going into nursing. I love working with people and worked many jobs with people who have disabilities and mental illness so I thought it would be a good fit.
I started my first semester of school to become an RN last year. I began second guessing myself and was really getting discouraged by all the unhappy nurses I saw. I did well my first semester but due to the fact that I was drowning in debt and a)didn't want to take out even more loans and b) I was getting nervous about the responsibilities I'd face, I left school.
Fast forward to now- I work in a hospital as an admin assistant. As I sit there doing mind numbing jobs, I think of how envious I am of the nurses. I still cannot afford the RN program but I was told by the lpn program advisor that I might be able to skip a semester of the lpn program since I did one semester of rn program already. This would be much cheaper and faster. Then I could get my feet wet and eventually become an Rn down the road if I so choose.
Here is where I need an opinion. Is it even worth it to become an lpn in ny state these days? I make $14.68 as an admin assistant. Will I be able to even make more than that as an lpn? Is it stupid or weird to get an lpn when I have a bachelors degree (in communications). Is an lpn responsibility a lot different than an rn? I'm so lost. I love helping people. When I say I'm not good at anything my boyfriend always says I'd make a great nurse. I'm caring, calm, and don't get grossed out easily lol. I am in so much debt from student loans that I am trying to dig my way out of. Should I stay where I am or go for the lpn program? Any insight is greatly appreciated.