It can be very stressful when you first start nursing school or when you first decide to become a nurse. If you are looking to become a nurse you already know how much it can cost. Depending on the school or program you plan to pursue, it could cost a pretty penny. The good news is that not all programs are expensive and the ones that are typically have in-depth financial aid and scholarship options for all of their students. It may take a lot of time and hard work but once you are able to become a licensed practical nurse then you will be able to pay back those student loans with no problem.
Licensed Practical Nursing
If you want to become a licensed practical nurse then you must first finish a program which is approved by your state and takes about 12-18 months to finish. Licensed Practical Nurses are typically referred to as LPNS and provide basic nursing care for their patients. They typically work under doctors and registered nurses.
LPNs are currently in high demand and are only supposed to be more so in the next ten years or more. An LPN’s salary is typically around $41,000 a year based upon experience. As the field continues to grow, many people are jumping to obtain their degree to get their feet in the door in the nursing field.
If you want to become an LPN it only takes about a year but if you want to pursue other degrees it could take much longer. If you plan on becoming a registered nurse at some point in your career then that will take about four years to complete. Most nurses’ make becoming an LPN their official starting point before they become nurses. This is a great way for students to get their feet wet and experience what it is like to work in hospitals and clinics.
Licensed practical nurses typically work in nursing care facilities, home health care services, medical or surgical hospitals, and in doctor’s offices. 25% of the nation’s LPNs currently work in hospitals while 28% work in nursing care facilities. In the next ten years the need for licensed practical nurses is expected to grow by at least 21%. This is due to the increase in the elderly population which creates the consistent need for high quality LPNs.
Regardless of what you have to pay for school, if you become a nurse, it is worth it in the long run. You will have the opportunity to help others and become highly skilled and trained so you can then move on to bigger and better career opportunities. You have the potential to make a great income while also healing people back to health.