When I graduated from high school in May of 1972, I decided to begin working full-time at the nursing home I had been employed at during school until I decided on a career choice.
After carefully weighing my options, I made my decision to go to nursing school.
I wasn't sure if I wanted to choose registered nursing, which would involve two years in a college program, or licensed practical nursing, which would only take thirteen months to complete. In the end I opted for the LPN program, because I could begin making a good salary much sooner, and I felt I wasn't smart enough to get through the college program. Besides, I could always return to school at a later date to get my nursing degree. I never realized at the time that I would be performing almost exactly the same duties as an RN, but making a lot less money doing it! I passed my state boards and began working as an LPN, and have continued in that capacity for the last twenty-five years.
I have worked in every aspect of nursing possible, from home health care to critical care, and I have never regretted my decision. I am just now realizing my dream of returning to school to further my education. Even more amazing is the fact that I've chosen the ABS program instead of a Nursing degree.
In the traditional nursing field, you often work under less than ideal conditions. For the first fifteen years of my career I worked shift-work, holidays, and weekends.
This was very difficult on my family, even though they rarely complained. We worked short-handed many times, which presented a danger to the patients in my care.
After twenty years, I finally feel that I have found the position that...