How to become a nurse in a year!
Have you always dreamed of becoming a nurse, but hate the thought of committing several years to get there? Did you know there is a way to become a nurse in only one year!? In just about one years’ time you can study to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)!
There are several advantages of training to be an LPN:
– it gives the student a much quicker way to get trained and enter the nursing workforce. Almost all LPN programs can be completed in 12-18 months’ time, which allows the student to finish and begin working as a nurse much more quickly than any other program.
– LPN programs are usually all-inclusive, comprehensive training programs. Typically the student can begin training without any prior necessary pre-requisite or coursework done, and everything the student needs to complete is included in the program. There is no waiting to be accepted into a nursing clinical rotation for these programs, instead the student knows if they are passing in the program they will advance through and finish on time. This can be a huge relief to students who have spent long periods of time at other schools, waiting and hoping to be accepted into the nursing program with nothing to show at the end but wasted time and money. This is the exact reason I went to LPN school, check out my story here.
– LPN programs tend to cost a lot less than RN programs. The average cost of an LPN program is between $10,000-$15,000, while the average cost of an RN program is around $40,000.
So you may wonder exactly what a Licensed Practical Nurse does? LPN’s do a lot of hands-on nursing care, such as administering medications, changing dressings, obtaining vital signs and focused assessments of patients. Some LPN’s even work in supervisory or management positions, mostly in long-term care settings. There is typically a high demand for LPNs in the workplace, especially in long-term care and home health care settings.
LPN’s make a good salary, with the average pay per year being $42,040 according to Salary.com. The typical rule is that LPN’s make about 65% of what RN’s do per hour. Not a bad deal for around only a years’ worth of training!
While being an LPN is a perfectly respectable career choice by itself, it can also be an awesome stepping stone in your nursing career. Many RN programs have special ‘bridge’ options for LPNs to complete, and these tend to be much less competitive to get into versus a typical RN program. Most programs that offer this option have a set number of spots set aside just for these LPNs returning to school, so they are only competing with other LPNs for their spot in an RN program, and not the typical large group of students competing for the traditional spots. There are also some online and distance programs offered especially for LPN’s to complete their RN without having to go to school! You can check out some of the best options right here in my post LPNs: get your RN online.
Becoming an LPN may be a perfect fit for you if you are eager to get out of school quickly and begin working as a nurse! To find LPN programs offered in your area, check out this link from Practical Nursing.org. Just click on the “LPN Programs” link at the top of the page.
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