So after years as a retail manager I'm looking at a career change. I quit my job awhile back after saving some money and am currently working evenings for the city at the convention center.
Working evenings has freed up my time for daytime classes so I have decided to go back to school.
Now here is the question. I've been considering nursing for a long time and since both my parents are LPNs (Licensed practical nurse) I've been looking at both the RN and LPN programs.
The big question is that almost all of the salary and career data I'm finding is for the US and not Canada. Anyone out there work in the Nursing profession in Canada? I'd love to know if it's really worth the 2 extra years of school for the salary difference or if I'm better off just taking my LPN now and possibly having the government pay for the RN upgrade at a later time.
I appreciate any input. Thanks.
I'm a health care professional, but I work in the field in a support role and also have a few in-laws who DO work in the field as nurses.
I guess the first question is where do you want to work when you're finished?
If you're planning on a hospital, I'd say RN. However, if you're thinking a doctor's office, extended care centre or medicentre, then LPN might be the way to go.
The reason I say that is an RN (from what my in-laws tell me - one is an LPN and the other RN) typically finds it easier to transfer units (ER, ICU, Ob/Gyn, etc) because of their more extensive training. LPNs have less initial training and as such need more training to transfer units and gain more responsibilities. As such, RNs usually manage LPNs, not the other way around.
I think income-wise it all depends on where you work and how willing you are to do overtime.
Doctor's offices avoid OT like the plague (usually because they are fee-for service) but pay a little better bottom line than public health services (initially anyways), while hospitals are often short-staffed (for a wide variety of reasons) and offer more OT, so if you want to make lots via OT, it's more likely that you can.