I am not a nursing student quite yet, however, I am looking at different schools in my area. I found one that's near my home & work. It's an 18-month evening & weekend (for clinicals) LVN program. It costs nearly $30,000. It works wonderfully with my schedule because I do work during the day Monday thru Friday. I know that it'll be difficult to work 7 days a week continuously but I remind myself that it's for the well-being & comfortable future for my family. Basically, I am wondering if LVNs are in demand at hospitals. Or just in home health? I've seen lots of job openings for RNs so I'm not sure if it'll be smart to build up school loan debt to be an LVN if places are only hiring RNs. Should I just go straight for my RN? My concern is if I do, it'll take much longer to do prereqs & to compete for a spot in the very popular program. I'd like to get a career going asap because my current job as an office manager might not last that much longer since things have slowed down a lot at my job and i'm afraid i'll inevitably get laid off. Should I do this program & then do an LVN-RN bridge program? If I do, I'd like to know that I'll be hired as an LVN while I'm studying to be an RN. I want to continue making a living throughout my schooling because, although my husband works a full-time job, i'm not sure if we can survive on his income alone. Ideally I'd like to become an LVN and then work as an LVN while continuing my education to become an RN. I need a game plan & I'm not sure which route to go. Thoughts?