Is LPN worth it for Single Parent??

  1. Just wondering if it would be worth it get my LPN or just to remain in my BSN program? I would ultimately bridge over to BSN anyways. I am a single parent that needs a career not just a job.

    What do you think??
    Thanks!
    Kira
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  3. by   dijaqrn
    If you can stay in school!!!!!!!!!!
    I got my LVN in 1984 with 4 kids and just ,finally got an RN this summer. There is always some little hitch.......
    I wish you lots of luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  4. by   godsgift2
    thats so good congratulations
  5. by   suebird3
    If you go for your LPN first, you get experience; plus, you can work and go on for your BSN. That is what I did. It may have taken me a while to do this, but it is worth it.

    Suebird
  6. by   Tweety
    Putting off the BSN means you'll probably start out at a salary that's about $800/month less. So is it worth it to you do accept this decrease in salary?

    Do you have to work and go to school? Making an LPN salary while getting your BSN might not be a bad way to go if you have to work.
  7. by   Fiona59
    Why do you see nursing as an LPN as a job but as career for a RN?
  8. by   fayethlove
    I do not see being a LPN as a job, I see it as a career. My point was I needed to make a decision about my future because i'm tired of working a job and not feeling like I have a career now. A nurse is a nurse is a nurse
  9. by   fayethlove
    I think it is worth it to accept the decrease in salary, since a LPN salary is still a whole lot more than i'm making right now. It would be about a 10-15,000 a year increase...which isn't bad at all
  10. by   HisTreasure
    Depends on your schedule and your immediate needs. I am an LPN and I make $49,000 a year. It's possible to raise a family on this income, it's decently middle class. LPN can be a stepping stone. I have four children as well and am going to school for my RN.
  11. by   bcskittlez
    Cool Kiya, is that what you started off with? You work LTC?
  12. by   Spidey's mom
    I think the question is do you want to be an LVN/LPN or RN?

    Nothing wrong with either one but you need to decide where you are headed.

    If it were me, I would stay in the BSN program.

    steph
  13. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from kiyasmom
    Depends on your schedule and your immediate needs. I am an LPN and I make $49,000 a year. It's possible to raise a family on this income, it's decently middle class. LPN can be a stepping stone. I have four children as well and am going to school for my RN.
    If you don't mind me asking, what city and state do you work in? I live in New York and there are some places that do pay close to that, but I am in a contract with my job for two years because they paid my way through school. I would love to leave after my experience and make close to your salary!
  14. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from fayethlove
    Just wondering if it would be worth it get my LPN or just to remain in my BSN program? I would ultimately bridge over to BSN anyways. I am a single parent that needs a career not just a job.

    What do you think??
    Thanks!
    Kira
    I would think that it depends on several things...immediate needs come first, and then, how committed would you be to return to school in order to complete your BSN. Also, is there a bridge program for easy transition?

    Also, I sort of agree with one of the other posters, that LPN is also a career. It is understandable that you have sights on furthering your education beyond LPN, too, however, any level of nursing can enhance your life. An LPN can benefit from the basic skills and having the opportunity to build from there.

    Also, some facilities may actually fund your education. I worked as a patient care associate at a hospital and they offered 100 of us paid leave of absence and paid our tuition to become LPNs or RNs. Personally, RN was not an interest of mine but, I was only attending school for 2 years, getting a check and did not show my face at my job for the entire time. They also have a BSN program where the nurses have one day off a week to attend the class, which is convienently located on our hospital campus. You never know, you may have this same benefit. What these programs do is state that you will have to work for them for about 2-3 years. Advantage is that you walk away with the experience, you have a guarenteed job when you graduate and everyone can be happy. I wish you luck! :0)

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