Help! LPN vs Patient Care Tech (Nurse Tech)?

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    Hello, if anybody could give me some feed back/support I’d greatly appreciate it. I’m in my early 30s and recently decided to chase my passion for nursing. I’m currently taking my last prerequisite and will be applying for Nursing schools which won’t start until Fall 2016. My GPA is a 3.4 most of which I attained when I was in my late teens (when I was so naive and carefree). That being said, I’m nervous about not being accepted into nursing schools at my local colleges as seats are limited. I hear many applicants have 4.0 GPAs or close to it. The schools tell me I still have a good chance of being accepted and if I don’t, to keep applying until I do. If this happens to be the case (having to reapply until accepted) I would like to get my foot in the door doing something else.

    I’m not sure if I should work as a nurse tech or LPN. Schooling for nurse tech is a lot shorter than LPN (as you know) which would allow me to work sooner. However, credits acquired at my local LPN school transfers over to my community college RN program. LPN school is 12mo and the LPN-to-RN program would be anther 12mo. I already took the entrance exams and did well.

    I want to work in pediatrics, which as you may know, is a difficult department to get hired into, especially without nursing experience. I’m thinking if I work as an LPN somewhere at least I’d get nursing experience. BTW, after I attain my AS in nursing, I plan to get my BSN. And the only medical experience I currently have is from working in a doctors office several years ago. However, I have NO doubt nursing is for me. Nor will I give up trying.

    That being said (everything noted above)…would it be a better to work as a Nurse Tech or LPN while waiting to get accepted into an RN program?

    Thank you for any help you can provide.

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