Dilemma 101

  1. Hey everyone!
    I've got a dilemma. I've been accepted into a BSN program (will take me 3 yrs to finish it), LPN program (will take 12 mths), and awaiting on Deaconess College for Spring (they will tell me in September, its online).

    The dilemma I have is that I have been unemployed for some time now and basically depend on my GI Bill money and boyfriend financially. This summer I will be working as a Phlebotomist/Lab Tech. So I can try to save up as much money as I can. The question is that with the BSN and LPN program which is full time, it will be VERY hard for me to work. But Deaconess I will be able to work full time.

    I've kinda made a choice not to do the BSN program (3 yrs without work-you kidding?). The LPN which is only sacrificing ANOTHER year of not working but starts in August (would later do the LPN-RN bridge program which is only a year) The question is what would be more REALISTIC and financially greater, waiting for Deaconess college to tell me if I get into the program (I may not and will have to wait till next summer to reapply), or just doing the LPN program for one year.

    Anyone take the LPN program and work at the same time? I know with Deaconess I can work full time but would feel really s****y if I didn't get accepted knowing that I turned down a LPN program where I will graduate in august 05. What would you do if you were in my place. (I have mortgage, car payments, etc to pay). Also I received a 1600 dollar scholarship for the LPN program so that may help (its at a CC so its not expensive). Sorry its long. Thanks for any replys.
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  3. by   dansamy
    I would start with the LPN program if I were wearing your shoes.
  4. by   MyReign1
    Here's a suggetion, take the BSN route. You should be able to sit for the LPN test after 2 semesters. That way if you decide to finish your BSN later, you will be that further ahead. Or complete the BSN now. Once you have your LPN you can work Sat & Sun only and study during the week. Good luck with your decision!!
  5. by   Gldngrl
    I went to LPN school and worked weekends 16 hour shifts. Problem was, after graduating LPN school, my options were limited to working in LTC only. You need to decide what works best for you and what your job opportunities will be when you graduate (LPN vs. RN). Best wishes.