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Worth the route?


In my greeting I mentioned I was a 40 year old father of twin toddler boys. I want to be a nurse here in Houston. I looked into some programs. An RN program is 5-6 terms not including prerequisites. An LVN program is three and I've done the prerequisites for it.

Is it worth doing that LVN and then a bridge RN program (lasting 3 terms)? I'm so burned out over being a restaurant manager I may come unglued. 70 hour work weeks are killer.

I figure that they may not pay as much but an LVN makes a comparable salary (slightly less) to what I get now. Even if I'm relegated to nursing homes it can't be as bad as the food business.

With prerequisites done, might be best to enroll in a LPN program to give you peace of mind. You'll have your RN before you know it. Just enroll in a bride program. 70 hours/wk is unhealthy.

Something to consider is whether you'll be able to support your family financially while in school, which can be quite time consuming.

My wife makes about $55k/yr. So we should be ok.


Specializes in Pediatrics Retired.

LVN would be the quickest fix. As mentioned above you could bridge to RN, if you wanted to, after you could catch your breath.

MrNurse(x2), ADN

Specializes in IMC, school nursing. Has 28 years experience.

Check the need for LVNs before making the jump. RN grads in my area are taking 18-24 mos to find employment. Getting your LVN may be taking a step back before getting your RN.

There appears to be a need. Not overly in a hospital but LTAC and home health, yes. And I'm very happy doing either.

And I forgot to mention I was a CNA for a few years in hospitals, LTAC & a max security prison.