which route to go...


So I've been looking into Nursing programs here in Cali and they all seem to have 2 yr wait list at least. So I was looking at Kaplans LVN program but then saw the price 38,000$ for a one year program, and I havent been hearing good things about them and how some places wont hire since its fom Kaplan. So then I found the CNA program here at a local college 6 wks and become CNA, and they also have a LVN program. So Im I better getting my CNA and get my foot in the door and start my LVN and then go RN or just skip the LVN and go CNA to RN. The biggest thing here is that my husband is in the military and I dont know how long we are going to be here I know I have until at least 2013 to get something and I dont want to commit to one thing and BAM he gets orders to move and Im stuck. The LVN program is a 2 yrs program at this school. Figured I can get som better advice with people who have already gotten their degree. And my main plan is to become RN and work with kids, would like to go somewhere near NICU.

I am in CA too, and the job market is tight here for RNs. New grads are not getting jobs. Even experienced RNs can't change specialties. I am not sure what the LVN job market is like, but I know my employer (acute care level 2 trauma center) isn't hiring LVNs anymore. Maybe the CNA program would be a good place to start if you think you will be moving soon and just want to get a taste of acute care? A commitment to LVN or RN program takes time/energy, and there is sadly no promise for a job. Do you think you could get into an LVN program and finish up before you move again? That might be feasible. Good luck in whatever you decide!! :nurse:


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There are hospital systems that offer nursing programs through the local colleges which is easier to get into than trying to apply directly to the college for nursing. This is available to only employees so it is not something that is posted on their website. You could check with HR on this. The hospital system has their nurse grads sign a one or two year contract to work for the system after passing NCLEX. But if the student bails out instead, they will need to pay back the system for the education they received.