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Should I become an LPN??

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by CBug03 CBug03 (New) New

Hi there, so I wanted to give a little bit of my background, I am an Army wife so we have moved across country twice in the past 3 years. I started taking some classes while I was in MI to become a RN. Well we ended up moving to CO and I took a few courses online but didn't really do much while I was there. We recently moved to GA and I have an opportunity to get into a LPN program right away.

So my questions are: is it worth it to get my LPN now? I heard good and bad things about getting your LPN, such as they are trying to do away with that profession, so would I be able to find a job? Also if in the future I still wanted to become an RN/BSN are there still bridge courses out there to do it?

I really want to get started with my career, but I just want to make sure becoming an LPN first is worth it in the long run.

Thank you for any help, it would be greatly appreciated. :)

Sour Lemon

Has 9 years experience.

Hi there, so I wanted to give a little bit of my background, I am an Army wife so we have moved across country twice in the past 3 years. I started taking some classes while I was in MI to become a RN. Well we ended up moving to CO and I took a few courses online but didn't really do much while I was there. We recently moved to GA and I have an opportunity to get into a LPN program right away.

So my questions are: is it worth it to get my LPN now? I heard good and bad things about getting your LPN, such as they are trying to do away with that profession, so would I be able to find a job? Also if in the future I still wanted to become an RN/BSN are there still bridge courses out there to do it?

I really want to get started with my career, but I just want to make sure becoming an LPN first is worth it in the long run.

Thank you for any help, it would be greatly appreciated. :)

How employable you would be as an LVN depends greatly on location. When I think of worth, I think of investment (time, money) verses return ...and since I don't either factor for you, I can't say. The fact that you ask about bridge courses shows that you're aware of them, so I'm not sure why you're asking if they exist ...but yes, they do.

Nurse SMS, MSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development. Has 10 years experience.

LPNs are still in demand, just not so much in acute care in most places. You likely will not have trouble finding work, depending on what region of the country you are in. The work is more likely to be in SNFs, clinics, public health positions and the like.

If you have the chance to get right into a program and it is reasonable in terms of tuition I say go for it. Its hard, being a military wife, staying in one place long enough to pursue your goals. Seize the opportunity. Just really weigh out the cost of tuition to the average LPN/LVN salary and make sure it is a good financial decision. Being able to go right into a program makes me suspect it is a private school. Those are usually vastly overpriced, can be very low quality and can leave the student with crushing debt.