CNA VS LPN - page 2

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I currently live in the Philadelphia area and have been thinking about becoming a CNA or LPN. I attended school to become a medical Assistant and completed the program but was never able to obtain a job due to lack of experience.... Read More


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    Hey I live not to far from the Philadelphia area and either career that you pick you could make some decent money. In Philadelphia, CNA's can make up to $20 an hour working in a hospital. Bayada has a 2 week HHA program so that you may get certified because a lot of places in the PA area want you to either have your CNA or CHHA to work for them (not all). If you are able to work and go to school to go straight for your RN then that would be great BUT, doing the LPN-RN route is good as well. You could go to a 1 yr LPN program and do your RN online. That is what I am doing right now Good luck with whatever route you take
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    I'm a LPN grad from NewCourtland's School of Practical Nursing (Philly) after graduating in July 2012 and licensing in August, I found a job in September that pays awesome in a sub acute/snf....sure it's stressful but it pays very well. I hang IVs and do extensive wound care in addition to electronic charting and med passes. I'll admit I was very diligent in following up and applying for jobs. But it paid off. It's a shortage in employment everywhere..not just for LPNs
    eklecticsol and olufemi254 like this.
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    Try volunteering to get experience. That's what I did. Don't waste that qualification.
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    Thank you for your response. I actually just called them as well. The school told me that they will be shutting down for good znd they will not be accepting anymore future students. Is this true? And if soo do you know why they are closing down?
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    @nursecupcake9

    Thanks for your post. After reading so much doom and gloom about LPNs, quite frankly I was afraid to go for an LPN program. You've given me hope.
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    Quote from NurseCupcake9
    I'm a LPN grad from NewCourtland's School of Practical Nursing (Philly) after graduating in July 2012 and licensing in August, I found a job in September that pays awesome in a sub acute/snf....sure it's stressful but it pays very well. I hang IVs and do extensive wound care in addition to electronic charting and med passes. I'll admit I was very diligent in following up and applying for jobs. But it paid off. It's a shortage in employment everywhere..not just for LPNs
    I thought about going to that school last year but wind up going to ghetto behind Lincoln Tech on 36th and market plus I did not feel like taking another teas test
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    You could start out as a cna to gain experience and work your way up to nursing. You could make a pretty decent living doing cna in the Philadelphia area especially in the hospital. If you have 4-5 years to wait, you could go to CCP or DCCC, do your prereqs for your Rn and make great money OR you could do LPN for 1 year full time or 1 1/2-2 yrs, no prereqs and go back for your rn.

    So far in Pa, LPN's arw only being phased out of hospitals. LPNs are phased out in some states and only work in home health and doctor offices.

    I started out as a cna and went to community and did my prereqs for a bsn program but got tired of the waiting lists so I currently go to Lincoln Tech for lpn then doing my rn online. Good luck hun
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    Quote from YouwishiwasyourMA
    Thank you for your response. I actually just called them as well. The school told me that they will be shutting down for good znd they will not be accepting anymore future students. Is this true? And if soo do you know why they are closing down?
    I actually don't know the answer to that question! I guess they aren't making the money they wanted from the program...because the education I received was great! You spoke to Lezlie?
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    I have an answer: they are scaling BACK on LPN schools because of the dozen (and I do mean DOZENs) of hospitals that hire BSNs and are Magnet status...with new ADNs are going to rehab and skilled facilities, new LPNs have no where to go, but to bridge.

    I was a new LPN when the move to not hire new LPNs into the hospitals; this was in 2005. I had to find another job because my Magnet hospital would not hire me because I was not a RN. When I realized with prereq's and nursing courses equal out to 4 years, I went to BSN route, while working as a LPN and instead of waiting longer than 18 months as a ADN, it took me 8 months; it was because of the BSN.

    If you want to be a nurse, go for the gold standard in the Philly/South Jersey area, the BSN. Find ways to get into programs that can give you a co-OP chance, like Drexel, or if you need to work, part time programs like LaSalle or Holy Family or West Chester. Do the research, and make it work for you. Feel free to OP me for more options, or my experience in being a LPN to BSN in the Philly area. Good Luck!!!
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    CNA vs LPN

    Alot of people do a bad job explaining this one on here so let me take a crack at it the best I can and see if the nurses can validate it or disagree. Theoretically in the old days of practical nursing there wasn't much in duties, LPNs did the personal direct care (bathing feeding vitals, changing, but they could also give enemas and assist RNs more. And on some career sites you will still see this as the primary job description of LPNs. Today the difference between LPn and CNA is much much greater. An LPN is a licensed nurse who can perform about 75 percent of skills that The RN can perform. But the RN has more medical knowledge and assessment skills. And another problem is that LPNs go through many different clinical rotations I hear like surgery, ER, OB ICU and fall in love with these areas but realize when they graduate that there chances of ever working in these areas are laughable in many parts of the country? And they end up in the nursing home unhappy and working just for money .

    A CNA is not a nurse, but they are the Nurses aides and perform adls and basic nursing functions to assist
    nurses.and that's about it. But in some areas like mine you do actually have a better chance of working in a hospital with CNA than LPN era but true.

    Sources
    Nursing Home CNA and my LPN co workers express there regrets to me alot at work lol


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