Thank you so much for sharing that story! I too am thinking about the LPN to have more money and a flexible schedule while pursuing school. But I am thinking there may be a more direct way of doing that. I will explain!
Where would you want to work? I know the majority are nursing homes and I would prefer the hospital, which I know LPNs are not needed. The 12-hour shifts would be wonderful! Do you know starting pay for LPNs in NV? I asked a CNA at my clinical location, whom is in the LPN program now about starting pay, she told me $18-$19.
Then I was speaking to my CNA classmate who works as a unit coordinator at Sunrise she told me starting pay for a unit coordinator/CNA is $19! Then if I did PRN it's a couple dollars more! So that's why I'm thinking hmmm is it even worth it to do LPN for a career to make more money while I'm in school when I can have my CNA and make just as much if not more? Plus have more of a flexible schedule while getting hospital experience and my foot in the door there. Which is where I want to work as an RN....in the hospital.
Also that is very interesting that you are in the same situation as me with only the sciences left! Your calculations are pretty interesting too that the same start date will be Spring 2018 either way.
So I'm curious with you doing the LPN first when will you do all your science classes? That would push your RN start date even further then Spring 2018 right? Since you would finish LPN Spring 2018? I'm thinking Bio 189 has to be done first then Bio 223 another semester then Bio 224 another semester after that right before you can apply?
That is great to know, but where did you see LPN is 8 points? I look on the selection sheet and it states 1 point for healthcare experience and 1 point for being credentialed health professional?
Then last question, you stated your advisor suggested LPN to RN? Why? I would like some more insight on that.
Thank you so much for all the information! This information is really allowing me to weigh the pros and cons and make an intelligent decision for myself to do the LPN or not!