Career Change

  1. I was laid off in July 2004, I'm trying to make a career change. I decided to try LPN. Can someone please give please answer some questions.

    1. How long is the course?.
    2. Do I have to go to College or a Vocational School
    3. Is the course really hard?

    Thank you
    hoped
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  3. by   Mijourney
    Hoped, I'm sorry you where laid off. That is a difficult loss. I'm mostly familiar with LPNs going to a community college for education and spending somewhere in the neighborhood of 18 months. I would say that the LPN program is a rigorous program because you have to learn so much in a relatively short period of time. Of course, if you wanted to spend an additional six months in school, you could always consider becoming an RN. It just depends on what your goals are for a nursing career. Hopefully, others will respond to your post and give you their perspective. I wish you the best.
  4. by   BETSRN
    Quote from Mijourney
    Hoped, I'm sorry you where laid off. That is a difficult loss. I'm mostly familiar with LPNs going to a community college for education and spending somewhere in the neighborhood of 18 months. I would say that the LPN program is a rigorous program because you have to learn so much in a relatively short period of time. Of course, if you wanted to spend an additional six months in school, you could always consider becoming an RN. It just depends on what your goals are for a nursing career. Hopefully, others will respond to your post and give you their perspective. I wish you the best.
    Personally, I would say that if you can swing it, I would go for the RN now. Then you have a huge number of options and will not have to go back later.
  5. by   Spidey's mom
    I agree with BETSRN . .. unless your goal is to work LTC for the most part. Which is an honorable place to work.

    What is YOUR goal? Where do you want to end up?

    RN gives you more options and isn't that much longer than LVN.

    steph

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