Tagged: LPN to RN or not?
September 26, 2014 at 7:01 AM #16311
I have been a LPN for over 30 years .I have worked in home care , hospice, drug and alcohol rehab, Neurology, foster care,Dialysis,and for the last 14 years in Managed Care. I want to get a degree ,at least an Associates but not necessarily an RN. PLEASE give me advice .Anybody get degree in Health information technology?September 26, 2014 at 10:52 PM #16316
Jason Hautala RNMember
Learning for the sake of learning is great … learning to get another job requires you to weigh the pros vs cons. No offense, but how old are you? If you have been an LPN for over 30 years, you are at least my age. When people look to hire people, they will look to see what type of experience they have and how long they can expect the person to stay with the company before moving on to something better, or retiring. If you are near retirement age, you may have a harder time. If you have plenty of good years left in you, I say go for it. After my daughter graduates from HS, which is quite a ways off, I plan on going back to school, running away from home, and doing something different with my life. Never too old to make a new start, but convincing other people of that can be a challenge.
Health information technology is a rapidly growing field, but from what I have seen, the companies which make programs in that area care about what the MDs think would make a better product, and the nurse side is not programed as well and they do not hire as many consultants in the development of products. If you have good computer programing skills, your experience as a nurse will really pay off and you can help make a good product, which will make them happy, but if you are looking for health information outside of programing, there are more and more positions there too. I know town nurses and one MD who quit hospital jobs to market for EMR companies. Some experience in sales would be a good thing to have if that is the direction you want to go.
If you are looking at medical records type position, I’m not sure what you need for that, but I think you are already making more as an LPN …. so if you want to change regardless of income, it is an option, but seriously consider what you want to do with your degree before you spend a lot of money on a degree. My first degree (BA in zoology) didn’t really get me anything, other than the experience of getting a college degree. Once you are out of your 20s, you should really have a better reason for going back to school, unless you admit you are just doing it for the fun of it.
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