Is becoming an LPN worth it?

Nursing is a rewarding career where you will play an integral part in any healthcare team. If you are thinking about a career as a nurse, completing a licensed practical nurse (LPN) program is a great place to begin. 

A licensed practical nursing career path can be an attractive and logical choice for many looking to enter the field with a valuable certification while paying affordable tuition fees. 

Some students will choose to take on an LPN program as a stepping stone, while others lead fulfilling and lucrative careers as LPNs. 

1 - Start working sooner

For nursing students who can't wait four years to begin applying for LPN jobs, there is the Medical Institutes of Palm Beach's 13-month, high-quality LPN program. In this program, you will earn a certificate sooner and have the flexibility to meet your financial responsibilities while you learn. 

This LPN program is easier and faster than the requirements to become a registered nurse (RN), the next level of nursing.

Suppose you are a single parent, an older man or woman, or just not interested in completing extensive schooling. Maybe, you need a more flexible program that offers evening classes to complete your education. In that case, this practical nurse program is a great option. 

2 - Better value for your money and time

An LPN education program not only takes less time to complete but also costs less money while almost guaranteeing a better value for your money. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average annual salary of an LPN is $48,820. This salary has an above-average value compared to many other four-year programs.

The average cost of an LPN program is $15,000 to $30,000. For a traditional four-year bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program, you can expect to pay at least $40,000

Keep in mind that some schools have a loose definition of "tuition." While many schools combine all the costs associated with your education into one figure. In contrast, others leave out the cost of books, uniforms and supplies, and the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) from their tuition, including only the price of classroom time.

3 - Nursing career advancement 

Obtaining your practical nurse license allows you to explore different nursing career paths and find your passion. You could choose to earn a specialty LPN certification to increase your salary or work in your preferred setting, for example:

  • Emergency room LPN
  • Labor and delivery LPN
  • Oncology LPN
  • Pediatric LPN
  • Rehabilitative and Gerontology LPN

You could also go from LPN to RN using bridge programs to shorten the overall training time, thanks to your LPN experience. A practical nurse license could make you eligible to enter a competitive nurse practitioner (NP) program, something that could prove very hard for some. 

4 - Flexiblibility 

As an LPN, you don't have to choose the 9-to-5 schedule. A career as an LPN comes with flexibility, putting you in the driver's seat. You have the option to work days, evenings or nights, or even possibly on a rotating schedule. 

The enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) allows Florida LPNs to transfer their license to 39 other states. Completing an LPN education program in an NLC state means your job pool is larger than those who obtain their license in Non-NLC states. 

More states have enacted the NCL as of December 2021. For example, Guam, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Ohio and the Virgin Islands have all recently enacted NLC but are currently working towards its implementation.

5 - Job satisfaction 

A critical aspect that makes a career as an LPN worth it is feeling good about the work you do. An LPN career will fill you with purpose and feel rewarding while providing medical care to those who need it most. LPNs primarily perform tasks that allow them to spend more time at the patient's bedside. Compared to the more administrative tasks-oriented RNs. 

You will be the first point of contact when people are at their most fragile. If you love caring for people, no other job is more fulfilling. 

6 - Many job opportunities

This profession is forecasted to experience close to double-digit growth over the following years.

According to BLS, as the baby-boom population ages, the overall need for healthcare services is expected to increase. 

A Department of Health and Human Services report states that Florida will have a 12% shortage of LPNs by 2030. At the national level, the demand for LPNs is projected to grow faster than supply starting in about 2022.

7 - Great second degree option

If you could not get a job with your first degree, obtaining a practical nurse license will help you meet your financial obligations in no time. 

The Medical Institute of Palm beach practical nurse program is among a few which offer day and evening classes. Starting on Jan 24, 2022, evening classes are available to a limited amount of students.

For more information about this and other healthcare educational programs, don't hesitate to contact our admissions director Anthony Massaro with questions at info@mipb.us or call him at +1 561 - 964 - 5148

Blog Post written by:
Dr. Eddie Martinez
Director of Education