Hello!I recently asked a question about my options and I've made up my mind. First off I want to say that I currently don't have a computer, I do this on my phone and sometimes it's a hassle to answer back quickly ( I don't want to come off as rude if I delay in answering) I thank anyone who answers me in advanced!I'm 20 years old, female, live in New York City.*I wasn't sure about whether to become a nurse or not, I have a lot of internal insecurities on whether I'm cut out to do so or not, my mother had a baby recently and spending day and night in the hospital with her after she gave birth really shed some light on my decision.*Since I'm 20, I feel that I should already be doing something with myself ( I know I should). I found a tech school and I was thinking of going in for 16 weeks of training for PCT, I figured I could use that to work, gain experience, and go to school for nursing as well. I am eager to work in something related to the field, but I don't know much about PCT's and the pay, in other words I'm not sure if it'd be worth it to be a PCT first and then an LPN or if I should just go straight to LPN instead.I was stressed because I couldn't find an LPN school that would accept me because I'm not "21". I looked and looked and came across an LPN school in Brooklyn, I called and my age wasn't an issue. Tuition is $18,000 for a year, I have to take an assessment test first of course.Mid-Manhattan is so much cheaper but they won't take me in since I'm not 21.*I want to know or at least get some advice on whether holding off the PCT idea and going straight into LPN is best or if it'd be better/more affordable to go from PCT to LPN?
I think that is a lot for lpn school. I have my RN-BSN from a highly ranked university amd it wasn't nearly that much. So with that said, I would look into becoming an RN over an LPN. Also, where I work, we are kinda phasing out LPNs ( I don't know how it is in other parts of the country).
I was a tech during school and it was a great way to get connections in the hospital. I was able to get a job as a new grad in the field I wanted (nicu).
Last edit by nicurn426 on Jul 23, '12
I say do what you feel works best for...as far as non employment for LPN, I guess dats based on where you live cuz we do pretty well in my city of PA with finding jobs as LPN's...I think where you stand in your life will have to be part of that determining factor with what you choose to do 1st...some people want to that if that is the case, I feel LPN 1st is not bad idea since its only a yr if their is no prob with finding work in your area becasue once you have your LPN you can complete your RN online while working full time....PCT or CNA is a good way to go though ifyou arer unsure about the field as a whole since its shorter & cheaper
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