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#1 of 4 Old 10-02-2012, 11:46 AM - Thread Starter
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I was a breastfeeding peer counselor with WIC in new mexico. I have tried to continue here in arkansas but they dont have any open positions. Id really like to go further with the knoweldge i have already gained and eventually become an IBCLC. I know this takes quite a while, and from what I understand, Working on your nurseing degree first helps get you there. My question is what route would be considered a step in the right direction? LPN is a one year program, so it is faster, but Im willing to do whatever it takes. I like the idea of being able to work as an OB nurse along with being an IBCLC. What would you all suggest that have been through it?

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You may also want to ask this question in the Birth Professionals forum.  Good luck!

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Most hospitals only hire RNs. LPNs tend to work in other health care settings or work as patient care techs if they do work in hospitals (take BP, temps, ect). Most hospitals only hire IBCLCs that are also RNs. You usually don't have to have your BSN, just a 2 year program is enough. RN is a great career choice.

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Skip the LPN and do at least a 2 yr RN program, although 4 year is ideal for upward movement. I think working in PP would be the perfect place for you if you want to continue onto IBCLC.

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