Need Helping



I am 41 years old and a mother of 4 children. I have stayed home with my last two children. My husband was recently laid off and I want to go back to work. I want to work in the medical field but I am unsure where to start. We live in Georgia and I am unsure of the medical demand. I would love to be an RN but need to get a job quickly so I am unsure of what to go into. Anyone who can offer advice please help. I have looked at Surgical Tech, Radiology Tech, LPN, Medical Coding, Medical Billing, Medical Transcriptionist, Medical Office Specialist. I don't know where to turn. I have learned so much from this website and I just hope somebody out there can please help me get on the right path. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

Tonya Kitchens


62 Posts

Specializes in LTC. Has 1 years experience.

The LPN program is a year and that will get you started then you could work on your RN thats what I did and it worked for me.....

ijuanabhappy, ASN, RN

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Specializes in School Nursing. Has 10 years experience.

Either the LPN (LVN) program which is one year or two-year programs like associates degree RN. A lot of hot careers right now are ultrasound tech (ultrasonography) and they make good money, and dental hygienist--which also make good money. I am not sure how long those programs are but usually they are two years. Surgical tech is a good program too. With any of these programs, including the LVN, you have prerequisite classes that you have to take before you can apply to the program. Best thing to do is find a community college near you and see what types of health programs they offer and what the prerequisite courses are. I wouldn't recommend medical transcription right now. I have been doing it for years and recently my work load has greatly diminished because of the economy (it was pocket change anyway). A lot of doctors are moving towards voice-recognition devices instead of using transcriptionists in order to cut costs. If you got into the LVN program which I believe is one year (after you finish prerequisite courses), then got your foot in the door working at a hospital.... then if you wanted to further your education to an RN, the hospital would probably pay for it with tuition reimbursement. Usually when you work in a hospital in any position, they will provide tuition reimbursement to help you further your educational goals. Hope this helps.

Good Luck! Jill

I agree with the previous posts. An LPN program is usually a year and many community colleges offer this program - which has the added benefit of being less expensive than a 4-year college. Many hospitals are desperate for RNs and once you are in the door, you could probably get an RN program paid by the hospital - for a committment to continue working at the hospital for a specified time period. Good luck with your search! Dave


547 Posts

Specializes in LTC, MDS, Education.

Hi Tonya, glad you have joined us here at! I agree with the other posters....LPN is the way to go. Let us know what you decide! :hrns&wlcm:


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Specializes in EMS~ ALS.../...Bartending ~ Psych :).

If you look at a vocational school for LPN you may not need the pre reqs.... Just pass the NET test.......

Go to the GA website on here and look at the GA boards, and see what Classes they accept and contact a school in your area and see what they have to say..

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