This is what I posted in Student Nursing....asking for advice........

  1. Okay guys I feel comfortable enough to ask for an opinion on this from all of you because I feel like I know you all. I am within 12 hours of finishing up for my associates of applied science and planned on starting RN in January, but I have really been thinking about this lately.......My hubby works for his parents in a family owned business and lately I have been concerned about him being without a job in the next year or so.......with that in mind I have thought about applying for the LPN program so that I can have a license in a year and be able to work.....I know that I will not make as much as I would as an RN, but I would be bringing in some money......I then thought that I could work for 5-6 months.....apply for the bridge and RN......then I could finish up my RN.....I could work part time as LPN while doing RN. I have heard that sometimes it is easier for LPN's going RN.....anyway I am beginning to think this is my only option. My husbadn tells me not to worry that he will work 2 jobs if he has to do so, BUT I don't feel right putting all that pressure on him.....anyway thats my dilemma please give me opinions.....Thanks!!!!!
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  3. by   RNIAM
    Alot of two nursing programs offer you to take your LPN boards after the first year. this is my take on it. Why would you waste a year if you don't have to? Talk with the school you plan to enter and see if the LPN boards are a possibility for you.
  4. by   MollyMo
    I think that since this is going to affect you and your family and not us, that the final say is yours and your husband's. Listen to all the opinions that you get here and think about them and pray about them if you believe in prayer, but come to an agreement with your husband. I pray that you come to a decision that you both can live with. Be blessed. :kiss
  5. by   Robin61970
    Hubby says go for RN and don't worry......he states taht he will work 2 jobs if need be so that I can go to school and not work......that is not fair to him though and I don't want to make things harder on him.....
  6. by   darby1
    Originally posted by Robin61970
    Hubby says go for RN and don't worry......he states taht he will work 2 jobs if need be so that I can go to school and not work......that is not fair to him though and I don't want to make things harder on him.....
    I read your post earlier today, but I didn't know how to answer. I'm a man, and my wife has kept us rolling for the past two years while I've been going to school. I don't see anything wrong with your husband working some overtime to let you go to school, if that's what he says he can do. My wife works third shift five days a week, while I study A&P, Chemistry, PSYCH, the list goes on... You'll have your hands full with your "job", so what's the difference? You're both working toward the same goals aren't you? My family has learned to live a little lean at times to get me through school, but we always have plenty. You just have to figure how to cut a few corners. Is there some luxuries that you could cut out of your lifestyle, like a $60.00 a month cable bill, that vacation trip that I haven't taken in several years, or other unnessary items, I don't know. Everyone here including myself has had to make a lot of sacrifices to go back to school, especially us older students. Not many students here are still living at Momma and daddy's house, because we are the mommies and daddys. I don't know if you believe in the power of prayer, but it has brought me a long way in my success as a student. Put your faith in the Lord, and pray about this matter. Ask God to reveal things to you. If you seek Him with an open heart, He will help you with your questions. You are the only one who can know whether you can pull this off or not. We can give you our opinions and advice, but you have to make the decision. If you decide that you can't afford to take a full course load right now, knock out a few at a time like I've had to. It has taken me and many others several years to just get ready to go into nursing school. I start ADN school in the fall, and I'm not sure where all my funds are going to come from yet. The Lord has brought me this far, and He won't forsake me now. As for the LPN idea, I thought about that myself. I've decided to go straight into the two year program and keep digging. It's so hard to get into the ADN program where I live, and I was very well blessed to get in on the first try. If your husband wants you to start RN training, GO FOR IT. Just continue to let him know how much you appreciate his help, and cook him something good to eat for supper. The rewards will come in a few years, and your entire family will benefit greatly for your efforts. Who knows, maybe your husband will decide to go back to school when you finisn, then you can carry him for a while My wife plans to go to school when I finish, and I'll be able to help her with her studies. Sorry to be so wordy guys. Good luck. PEACE. Darby
    Last edit by darby1 on Jul 8, '02
  7. by   Kayzee
    I think you should go for your RN. Let your husband help financially. Thats great that he supports you. You could also work part time hours and take less credits. I worked while going to school and adjusted my hours according to the amount of credits I was taking. I don't know all the details of your problem, but with hard work and less spending you can do it.
  8. by   Robin61970
    I am looking into part time jobs around the area and I wish I could cut bck on hours, but to get the full pell grant I have to take 12 so I muddle on through trying to take some easy classes with my hard.........thanks for the advice......it's really hard for someone who has depended upon herself for so many years to depend upon him,lol.........also he does plan on school when I get done....he is more than halfway though his paralegal degree and wants to finish it........I have told him I will support him while he goes to school the same way that he has done for me......
  9. by   l.rae
    Robin, Darby's answer is exellent.....i had my LPN first..and it did make getting my RN easier...l am coming from ther perspectinve of a single parent, (l was then, not now) anyway, my LPN allowed me to make more money working PRN for agency at my convenience, and now so many options are available to advancing nursing degrees..ei" the internet courses, bridge and fast track courses...etc...l lean toward the philosophy of being as indpentant as poss as soon as poss, because no one knows what the future holds financially...things can happen...good luck, let us know what you decide.........LR
  10. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by Robin61970
    Hubby says go for RN and don't worry......he states taht he will work 2 jobs if need be so that I can go to school and not work......that is not fair to him though and I don't want to make things harder on him.....
    What a guy. Hang on to him!

    Some women don't have such wonderful supportive husbands that would encourage you like yours is. Go for it darlin!

    Heather
  11. by   Robin61970
    I know I am very lucky to have him.......he is very special and takes care of me....
  12. by   MollyMo
    Originally posted by Robin61970
    I know I am very lucky to have him.......he is very special and takes care of me....
    There's your answer.
  13. by   mattsmom81
    RE RN school now: If you can swing it now, I say go for it.

    When I have a tough decision to make I do a list of pros and cons of each, then hash it out with my hubby and God.

    Life has a way of getting in the way of our plans for self sufficiency 'later'....so my best 20-20 advice would be to go for it now if you can find a way to make things work (this is from years of procrastination on my part...hehehe!)

    Nothing wrong with either decision though...working PT as an LPN helped me a lot as I worked through RN school...helped us pay the bills and I only had a few loans to pay off when I graduated. And yes, I found RN school more meaningful and easier than the non nurses.

    Best wishes whatever your decision...(and you got yourself a great guy there...I do too...ain't life sweet?) and that's the most important thing!

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