Why I Went to LPN School (LPN)

by Samantha Rhea, MSN, RN

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    00:01 Nursing school is a big commitment, and I mean big.

    00:06 It does require a lot of self-sacrifices.

    00:10 Now many times you just know when you start nursing school, you may miss out on a little bit of everything.

    00:16 This could mean time with family, with friends, fun stuff.

    00:21 Also, note, nursing school can be a little bit expensive and it's definitely time-consuming.

    00:27 So, it's really important you learn how to balance it all.

    00:30 You really have to manage your stress in nursing school which is a little bit challenging at times.

    00:36 And, while you're in school, you may just have a good chance that you're going to get hooked caffeine.

    00:42 I don't think I started drinking coffee, honestly, until I started nursing school and now, it's all over.

    00:47 Now you will also probably eat a little bit more fast food than you prefer.

    00:52 A little bit more microwavable meals that you would like.

    00:56 It's important to ask yourself why are you entering into this profession.

    01:00 Is it about money, career stability, is it about flexible scheduling? Well, it's more than that. Love for the profession.

    01:09 An LPN school is really accessible way to get there.

    01:13 Now, one thing is important to do your research.

    01:17 You may want to look into is this right for you? What's the best school to attend? Now, in this section, we're going to discuss why LPN school could be a great choice for you.

    01:27 We're also going to talk about what's the difference between LPN and an RN school.

    01:31 What's the difference between their practice roles? And important considerations before deciding if that LPN track is right for you.

    01:41 Now, I'd like to take a moment to talk about why I personally went to LPN school.

    01:45 So I initially started actually in RN school right after high school like many of us do.

    01:51 Well, then, I had a family event came up and then my mother became ill.

    01:55 Honestly, my class grades kinda started to slip for the first time in my life.

    02:00 So this kind of scared me, I wasn't used to it.

    02:03 I was getting Cs, I was passing but I knew just something wasn't right for me.

    02:08 I knew I couldn't do both well, try to be there for my family, manage school and I had to make a really tough decision to quit nursing school and move back home to help out.

    02:20 Now, there was a time when I was ready to go back to school.

    02:24 I did look back at RN programs, but, honestly, I found out that because of the inflexible scheduling, particular admission dates, and really particular prerequisites, there were just gonna be a really big and a substantial delay in earning my license, and, honestly, I was ready to go back.

    02:44 So, I did hear about a local LPN program and it was like 20 minutes away from my parents' house, so it was perfect for me.

    02:51 And this LPN program offered night classes, a self-paced program option, and really small class sizes.

    02:59 Now, the clinical and lab times were scheduled at certain times, but, the rest of it was fairly flexible which is what I needed at that time.

    03:07 I was also able to work as a CNA on weekend day shifts.

    03:12 Now, because of the flexibility of my LPN program, I was able to enter the workforce and make more money much quicker.

    03:22 Now, when I withdrew from RN school the first time around, I was so upset that I had failed at nursing school.

    03:28 But in hindsight, I realized that earning my LPN license was the best choice for me.

    03:35 And I was hired as an LPN on my acute care medical-surgical unit where I had worked previously as a CNA.

    03:42 And because of my LPN training, I was able to become confident in handling patients, or my technical-clinical skills, assessment skills, and managing a full patient load.

    About the Lecture

    The lecture Why I Went to LPN School (LPN) by Samantha Rhea, MSN, RN is from the course Choosing an LPN Nursing Program and Getting into LPN School.

    Included Quiz Questions

    1. They usually offer self-paced learning options.
    2. They only offer a daytime class on weekdays.
    3. They offer more theory courses than RN programs.
    4. They generally are less flexible and more expensive than RN programs.

    Author of lecture Why I Went to LPN School (LPN)

     Samantha Rhea, MSN, RN

    Samantha Rhea, MSN, RN

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