Quote from ArmyWife11B
I dont understand why people want to be LPN's? It seems like LPN's are mostly only hired by LTC facitlities these days and they're becoming more and more obsolete. I have a good friend that became an LPN through Pioneer Pacific's LPN program about 10 months ago and she paid around 27k++ and is still looking for a job. Also everything an LPN learns is covered in the first 6 to 8wks of an RN program. If you're going to spend the time and pay that kind of money why don't you just go all the way and get your RN? It might seem like an easier option to go LPN to RN or just to stay an LPN but imo I think its a waste not to just go all the way.
Good luck to you tho, in what ever you choose
By the way this is just my opinion from doing reasearch for my own career path.
By the way I know that Pioneer Pacific and Concorde Career College both offer LPN programs, pretty spendy tho. I would also check with Work Source Oregon because they have a specific program for continuing education in the health care field. And I think they would help pay for your LPN program.
There is nothing wrong with working in a long-term care facility. Some people prefer working there for many different reasons.
I don't think LPNs are going to be obsolete. In some settings use of nursing skills is very limited, which gives businesses incentives to hire people with limited education and skill set - LPNs.
I cannot say for sure if this was a deliberate policy, but in a nursing home where I work, majority of RNs disappeared last year, and many trade school graduates(LPNs) were hired to fill their spots.
As far as cost of LPN programs at trade schools, yes, they are expensive. However, in my life, I came across many people who work minimum wage jobs with BA's and BS's and paid way more than 27K for their education (not to mention spent more than 13 months of their time). I think LPN is a good option for some people (provided that the LPN program is a state board accredited and job market is favorable). In the lieu of increased number of applicants to RN programs last couple of years, for somebody who has a child and wants to increase earning potential ASAP, I think that investment is worth the pay-off - $20-22/hr.
Desire to be an RN does not guarantee admission to an RN program. This last application cycle hundreds of qualified people were either rejected or put an alternate list, as programs cannot accommodate all qualified applicants.
As always, to each their own. We cannot project our resources and aspirations onto other people, but I hope what I wrote is somewhat helpful in making your decision.