Dear Nurse Beth,
I am confused on which career path to take. I am currently working as a school nurse and my only dislike regarding this job is the down time. I worked in a nursing home for 6 years and enjoyed my job due to staying busy. I had no choice but to leave the nursing home and find a job that would work around my children's school schedule. Which is the reason I picked to work as a school nurse. I enjoy helping needy children, educating them and working with the mental health.
I just recently got my AS degree and were planning on advancing towards Human Services but my current school discontinued this course and I have chosen to take up a BS in Health and Administration. The problem is that I am confused on what jobs or career path to take with being an LPN? I can't work in the hospital as a nurse, advance towards my RN or work in the nursing home due to my children school schedule. Also, I hate working as a school nurse due to my down time the entire shift. Can you help me determine which career path would be best for me?
Dear Hate Working as a School Nurse,
Are you sure you want to continue in nursing?
If you want to continue in nursing, decide if you want to get your RN or not. If you decide to get your RN, getting a degree in Health Administration is not a direct path. Just go for your RN.
If you decide to remain an LPN, the options are more limited, and include sub acute, skilled nursing, to name a few. These are all shift work, as you know. Holding a degree in Health Administration while working as an LPN is not likely to greatly change your options.
Maybe you should consider something entirely different, such as teaching. That way you could work with children, which you like, there will not be much down time,
and you can be on the same schedule as your children.
Author, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job"...and your next!