My mom has only been an LPN for a few years - she went back to school maybe 6 years ago for it. In my area, all of the start rates are way, way higher than I am currently making and it is in huge demand. Mostly at nursing homes, not hospitals or doctors offices. My mom's starting salary was more than double my current salary when she was fresh out of school, no medical background before then. Also, my mom does not do any physical work at all - the CNAs do the grunt work and clean up the "messy" stuff (although I know I'd have to do that to get through clinical), and I would be very likely able to get a job at her facility on a different floor since they are also in desperate need.
I have no interest in the RN program. I already looked at the course requirements for the LPN at my school, and I already have taken about 6 of the courses. It is only a 1-year program. The rest of the courses would include Anatomy & Phys II (I already took A&PI last fall), a few nursing-specific courses and clinicals, and "modern social problems." So I could be done by next fall if I started this spring. There are no other actual biology courses at all, and I know those I took at my 4-year college were far more rigorous than what my CC will offer.
I also would not be pursing a degree in HR - that's just an entry-level job I got stuck with. The PhD would be in marketing/consumer behavior research. I do not have a masters degree, I would be applying directly to a PhD program and they award the masters degree en route to the PhD. I would probably make as much as I make now if I were to teach at a CC, and most of those do not do much research, which is what I really want to do.
I know I wouldn't be happy as an LPN, but I am simply miserable right now in HR, so either way I'd be unhappy (just making more money as an LPN). I owe $70k+ in students loans and one of my loans has such a high interest rate (over 14%) that I will simply never catch up. So I feel like I'm in a desperate situation to change something, quickly.
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