I have a dilemma and I would really appreciate any thought on that.
I’m in an ADN program and will be graduating in May 2020. I will finish my LPN year in May 2019 and will have the opportunity to take the LPN board exam during summer before starting my RN year. As of now, my long-term goal is to be a nurse anesthetist and I would like to start getting experience on an ICU floor as soon as possible. However, I’ve heard that in my area (Omaha, Nebraska) hospitals do not hire LPNs on ICU floors. But they do hire CNAs. So, is it better to look for a job as a CNA on an ICU floor? Or should I rather take my LPN board exam and start working as an LPN even though it will most probably not be on an ICU floor? Which experience will benefit me the most in the long run?