Hi Everyone! I need some advice. I am trying to start nursing school . I am in Dallas, Texas
. I decided I would first get my LVN then go back and get my RN. Just because I think for me it will be better that way so I can make a decent living while getting my RN. Now I have looked into schools like El Centro
. It takes forever to get into their LVN programs because apparently ALOT of people apply. So I started looking into the private schools like Concorde
, and Dallas Nusring Institute( use to be called something else NTCPI or something)
. What I am needing to know , does anyone know of or graduated from any of these "private institutions"? They are very expensive so my biggest concern is that if I am going to pay between 18,000 and 24,000, I want to know I will definately be able to get a job and that I will be able to bridge into an RN program at a public school. If anyone has any information on these places please let me know. Also of the 3 which one is the best one to go to? I know none are that great , but which is better? Please let me know . Thank you all soo much!
May 20, '08
Are you in Texas? I know people at several hospitals here in the DFW area that gave me this info on LVNs. I started to go for my LVN and was advised against it because of this reason. There is not a hospital here that will start an LVN at $18.25/hr. Maybe a nursing home, but not a hospital. The hospital where I work will not even hire LVNs. Neither will a couple of other hospitals where I did my clinicals.
Research must be done to see if your credits from Concord will transfer. Also where you will be able to work. Call around to places you'd like to work to see if they hire LVNs. You can call the TX BON and get some info there as well. A lot of my classmates worked as PCTs while they were in RN school. Another fact, an agency will not hire until you have one year experience. I know a coupleo of DONs from nursing homes and say agency nursing is either "feast or famine" meaning sometimes jobs are available for a month or so, then there very scarce for a while. It depends on your financial situation and if you want to work in a nursing home. LVNs are the backbone of LTCs. I will agree with Kat on that one.
Good luck. I hope you find the right path.
Last edit by RedhairedNurse on May 20, '08