Quote from VanessaBlueEyes
The local community college offers a LPN program.
I'm thinking LPN equals getting your foot in the door. Faster schooling. Faster to a paycheck.
My husband tells me he has heard LPN is Low Pay Nurse.
All of the same hassle with a lot less pay.
Can you get hired as a LPN?
I was an LPN first and while it took alot longer to get to the ADN, I still think it was a great option for me (time and money played important factors). I applied to ADN so many times, and did not get in (too many waiting lists). So I thought well if I can just get in LPN right away and bridge over that would be great. So thats what I did. I am in MN and I too had heard about the "Low paid nurse" and all the other hurtful names for LPNs. But I am very greatful of my choice and it was a great stepping stone into the world of nursing. Also I didnt want to spend all this time and money and find out I did not like nursing. So as soon as I graduated in 2009, I got my first job in a at Detox/Chemical Health facility and then a second job at a Clinic. I didnt even apply to LTC-its not my niche and I was determined to get an LPN job outside of LTC.
After graduation, I immediately started pre-reqs and started LPN-ADN program Fall 2011 and just graduated Fall 2012. Passed NCLEX-RN in Feb. 2013. I am still at the clinic-So I do have a job. I no longer work at the Detox (ironically they let all their LPNs go to hire all RNs).
So my answer to your question. If you can get directly into ADN then go for it. But if you find that they have long wait lists, then try LPN to get your foot in the door. I feel that by the time I graduated LPN school I would just be starting ADN because of their long wait list.
And depending on your area LTC is not your only option for LPN. Good luck in whatever you decide.
I may go back for BSN but not in the next year I am so sick of school now, Im ready to live my life.
Nursing school is so time consuming so be ready to be on a long arduos journey if you go either route.