Appropriate career change?

U.S.A. Texas


I am a displaced (rightsized, downsized, laid-off, whatever you wanna call it :-) telecom worker in the Dallas/Ft Worth area. I am a 46 year old male and now have to make a career change. Would it be worth my time to become an LPN? By that I mean, would anybody actually *hire* me?


130 Posts

Sure they would!

Some LVN programs are only a year. There's one in Houston that I know of but most of them are 18 mos to 2 years.

For people changing careers in midlife it's good to work your way up. Get your LVN, work a year or two then aim toward an RN and the greater pay that comes with it. You can do a bridge program: LVN to ADN or you could do the compressed programs for LVN to BSN if you don't mind taking pre-reqs along the way...if you are lucky, some of the classes you have taken for you current degree will apply.

Go for it and good luck!!


1,104 Posts

Of course! There's a need for nurses everywhere. Best of luck.


303 Posts

You bet they would. You would even be more marketable if you got your RN. The ADN route is an excellent one because it only takes two years (+ pre-reqs). Good luck!

Tweety, BSN, RN

33,553 Posts

Specializes in Med-Surg, Trauma, Ortho, Neuro, Cardiac.

Absolutely they would hire you! Go for it!

Specializes in ICU, CM, Geriatrics, Management.
Absolutely they would hire you! Go for it!

Concur. Many here (and elsewhere) have done so successfully.

I volunteered in an ED for a couple of months before taking the "Nestea Plunge." :)

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