i am sure you see these threads all the time, but i would hope you could be so kind to offer some advice/suggestions to my dilemma? i know you all went through various routes of education to get where you are. let me give you some background on my situation.
i graduated from high school in 2003. i live in ohio, btw. anyway, i haven't had any medical training nor college. i have worked as a receptionist at an autobody/mechanical garage for 2 years. recently, i started thinking about going back to school. i know this is essential for my future and am prepared to go to school either part or full time. i can work during the day and attend school during the evenings/weekends. i am seriously considering entering the medical field, because i am a very caring person and feel i would enjoy helping others. my grandfather died a few months ago and the hospice nurses made such a difference in his last few days, it was incredible. i think this would be such a rewarding career (not that i am thinking about hospice, but they were nurses).
my area that i need advice is what to do about my education. in my town, there is a nursing program for lpn that lasts two years (part time schooling). this is done in the evenings and then clincals on every other weekend. this would work perfect for me, because i can still keep my job during the day. after two years, i would then become an lpn and find a job for that and if in the future i decide to go on for rn, i can do so. the school is called robert t. white school of practical nursing. website can be found here: http://www.alliancelink.com/users/acc/rtw/
"the robert t. white school of practical nursing is conditionally approved by the ohio board of nursing and the state of ohio department of education. the program is accredited by the north central commission on accreditation and school improvement." -from the website.
does that above make it an alright school? i know they have some "fly by night" schools.. but i would think that the most important thing is whether you pass your lpn or rn exams. does the schooling play such a key factor as in other careers?
also, what do you all suggest i do in terms of lpn first or straight to rn? i had a lady come in here who is studying to be an rn and she was first a stna and went straight back to school skipping the lpn option and went right for her rn. is this recommended?
i am sorry for this long post, i have been thinking about this for weeks and my family/friends tell me to go with my heart. whatever decision i choose they will support me. let me know your thoughts.. thank you so much for reading!!!