I have a BA and MA in Human development...Should I go to LVN program?

  1. Hi There,

    I am in need of your insight and practical suggestions. I currently hold both a graduate degree specializing in Early Childhood Education (if this means anything or will shorten my enrollment in school) and a Bachelor's in Liberal Arts and I am strongly considering veering off the path slightly for a career in nursing. I am frankly looking for more flexibility and my current work (totally out of my field, but I enjoy it) may go away due to the recent changes in the automotive industry. I have a young child and I can no longer work the regular 9-5...it hurts my heart too much.

    So, here's what I am thinking...I thought I would enroll in a local (inexpensive) LVN program for a year beginning in September 0f 2010 and then go from there. I am thinking that since I already have a background in pediatrics, my knowledge base will continue to get some use.

    Any advice? Suggestions? What would you do?

    Thanks a bunch!
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  3. by   TheCommuter
    Since you are using the term 'LVN,' I can conjecture that you are either in California or Texas. If you're in California, you will encounter a nursing job market that is severely oversaturated with LVNs and extreme difficulty finding employment.

    Since you have a degree in another field, you would almost certainly qualify for admission into an accelerated 12-month BSN program. After you earn the BSN degree, you will be eligible to take the national exam to become an RN.

    My friend had a previous BS degree in public health at the time she enrolled in an LVN program. However, she took this path because her undergrad grade point average of 2.6 was not competitive enough to get admitted into any RN programs. She earned her LVN license over 3 years ago, and is now enrolled in an RN program.

    Good luck with whatever you decide.
  4. by   Babygirl976
    Thank you commuter, I am in california and I never even considered an accelerated BSN program. Thank you for the information and good tidings.
  5. by   Fiona59
    Hell, I'd stay away from nursing.

    If you find the 9-5 grind difficult when you have a child, what will you make of shift work and working every other weekend?

    With your education have you considered social work, working with developmentally challenged children, or even speech pathology?