Greetings everyone! I'm new to this forum and am hoping to get some help/advice. I live in Cleveland and was thinking of trying to get back into school to become an LPN.
I've been a Medical Assistant for 10 years. I took a break from it for almost 2 years and became a Leasing Consultant for the building I live in, but that didn't work out because I can't sell to save my life :P I don't want to go back to being an MA because it is too difficult to find a job and I can no longer be in the 9 - 11 dollar an hour wage bracket. Besides that, I've learned that there is no pride in being an MA - it's pretty much embarrassing to me anymore. I'm 32 and need a good job that'll help support my family and a title that I can be proud of. If I knew what I know now, I would've never wasted the time with MA school in the first place - such a joke and I could kick myself for it. I tried to go back to school in '99 for RN at Akron U, but could only get one full year in there because I was having probs at home and had to quit. So what I was hoping to do now is go for LPN. I'm on a big time limit thing as my husband is the only one working right now, so this is my window of opportunity. I have a mentally disabled child and hope to keep my employment to part-time status. I also really can't afford to be out of work for too long. Sounds like a mess doesn't it?
I need to make a decision based mostly on what will benefit my family financially and what will get me back on the payroll the quickest. That sounds pretty abrupt I know, but I'm just getting too old to be worrying about paying the rent, plus with my current situation, I don't have the luxury of being able to go to school for some years at a time. I've been in the medical field for so long now, that I honestly cannot think of another field that would be the most practical and stable. I enjoy helping people and like giving people the feeling that there are still healthcare workers out there that genuinely care about their treatment. Is becoming an LPN worth the time now? I've heard that there are LPN schools here that you can get in and out in a year or less - is this true? Are they good schools? One school I was looking at was the Central School of Practical Nursing here on Carnegie. I was also hoping to stay in a clinic/office type setting - not shifts work in the hospitals/nursing homes - is this possible? I was really good at what I did as an MA and am hoping that will really help me through that - I've heard of advanced placement in LPN schools as well - would this apply to an MA like me who's got years of experience under their belt and some extra college courses?
I spent alot of time reading through the posts on here and found somewhat similiar posts, but they didn't quite answer all the questions I had. Please no flaming, I really could use the advice from Nurses on here about all of this. I need to make a decision very soon. I need to get back into the job market, but be able to get a job that will support my family alot better - I'm getting tired of being so broke that I can barely afford my daughter's medication, can't even afford a stupid haircut, can't even go to the dentist, can't buy her any new clothes, etc., etc.,,,,,Thanks to all who would read this and comment.