LPN, RN or OTA?

  1. Hello, all. Thank you for taking the time tor read this. A bit about my current situation: 22, w/ a baby on the way. Married and my husband is our primary source of income. I have one semester of nursing school behind me. So far I've enjoyed it and got all A's. Once I go into my career, I really just hope to find a PT job 2-3 days a week and be a stay at home mom, most the time. The money I make will really just be for travelling, savings for baby's college, etc.
    I see a lot of burn out on nursing, but do I need to worry about it as much, with only working part time?
    My husband's job requires us to move every 2-3 years, will it be difficult to find a new job every time?
    Will an RN be to time-consuming with a baby? I am a fairly smart person and have always recieved good grades, BUT I am definitely not the best with time managment. I do have full time child care available as an option, but definitely want to minimize using it.
    The RN program at my school is three years versus a two year LPN and OTA program, which seems well worth it for and additional $10-15 an hour.
    Thank you again
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  3. by   Sour Lemon
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    Hello, all. Thank you for taking the time tor read this. A bit about my current situation: 22, w/ a baby on the way. Married and my husband is our primary source of income. I have one semester of nursing school behind me. So far I've enjoyed it and got all A's. Once I go into my career, I really just hope to find a PT job 2-3 days a week and be a stay at home mom, most the time. The money I make will really just be for travelling, savings for baby's college, etc.
    I see a lot of burn out on nursing, but do I need to worry about it as much, with only working part time?
    My husband's job requires us to move every 2-3 years, will it be difficult to find a new job every time?
    Will an RN be to time-consuming with a baby? I am a fairly smart person and have always recieved good grades, BUT I am definitely not the best with time managment. I do have full time child care available as an option, but definitely want to minimize using it.
    The RN program at my school is three years versus a two year LPN and OTA program, which seems well worth it for and additional $10-15 an hour.
    Thank you again
    Most new graduate positions are full time. Part time is not unheard of, but it's not terribly common.
    How burned out you may or may not become depends on an endless number of variables.
    How easy is is to find work in any given market also depends ...on how much experience you have, what you have experience in, what days/hours/types of work you're willing to do, whether it's an employers' or employees' market, etc.
    Yes, RN school is time consuming. I imagine any sort of school would be, though.
  4. by   alhmaybelle
    Thank you for the reply. I've heard a lot of home health is part-time, does that generally require experience? Will getting and RN be better for finding part-time work as I'll be more qualified? I'm very flexible with which hours I work, I don't mind night shifts, doubles or weekend. But I am still just wanting to keep it under 30 hours or so.
  5. by   microkate
    Like everything else, it depends on you, but it is entirely possible. During nursing school I was pregnant, then in school with a baby, then pregnant with a toddler. Yup, I was tired a lot, but I made it through with a high B average.

    As for finding jobs, it depends on the local market. I lucked out and as a new grad found a job right away at a decent nursing home, three 8 hour shifts per week. 6 months later I moved into a hospital doing two 12s/week. My husband is active duty military, and when we moved, I found a new job immediately. Once you have a couple years of experience, you should not have much trouble moving and finding new jobs. An awful lot of military spouses are nurses for precisely that reason. I'd stick with RN, just because of the options you'll have later.

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