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Community Health Corps?

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Specializes in Community Health.

I have an interview to become a member next Monday...I'm going back and forth on whether or not I should accept if it is offered. I'm a newly licensed LPN and going to school for my ASN. I haven't had any luck finding a job as an LPN yet, it's been about 3 months since I graduated.

Here's the program website:

http://www.communityhealthcorps.org/about-us.cfm

]Founded in 1995 by the National Association of Community Health Centers, Community HealthCorps is the largest health-focused, national AmeriCorps program that promotes health care for America's underserved, while developing tomorrow's health care workforce.

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]Now, the pay is very low-basically the equivilent of minimum wage. But it offers free childcare, which would make it liveable, although much less than what I would potentially make as an LPN. I feel like it would be a great opportunity, especially because I really want to go into public health and work with underserved populations. But at the same time, I would be making a one-year commitment to this, so I would not be able to hold down a LPN job-and the whole point of getting my LPN was to gain experience while working towards my RN.

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]Do you think future employers would look more highly on this experience, or LPN experience, when considering me for an RN position? Has anyone worked with this group before, and if so, what was your experience?