Currently an LPN in L&D thinking of switching. Need advice please.

  1. Hello. I have been an LPN for 7 years. 5 of those years I've been working on a labor and delivery unit as a scrub nurse. I work 3 days a week 7am to 7pm and every 3rd weekend. After being there for 5 years I make 36422 a year. I do enjoy it but it is starting to get old. We used to get called off for low census if there were two lpn scrubs on. They are now working towards having two on at all times. Currently when we do have two on one of us is sent to the wings to be an aide. (I do not mind this however I get bitter considering the RN's making a lot of money will sit back in l&d with no patient for 12 hours and not do any stocking or any of the other things that aren't necessarily the LPN's job but we are the only ones who do it.) I recently applied and got hired for a position at the VAMC. It is in a clinic working Monday through Friday no weekends or holidays 7:45am to 4:15pm. They offered 7k more a year but that is also with me working 40 hours a week instead of 36. I am really struggling on whether or not to make the change. I am currently in school for RN so it would not be forever. I really would like to know what the benefits are at a federal job as compared to other places. I'd also like to know what the raises are like. I started at my current position at 17.56 and now make 19.51 after 5 years. We are not union and our aides who have been there a bit make 22 an hour since they are union. We are supposed to be a part of every emergency. I've done stat c sections in the trauma bay more than once and emergency hysterectomies which we aren't even really trained to do. I just do like the people I work with a lot. I know in the end it is my decision I'd just like some perspective from other lpns or rns. Thanks in advance. Sorry about my grammar. Read what I mean not what I wrote lol.
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  3. by   BogieRN
    You're lucky you're an LPN working in L&D, Im going on 4 years as an RN and get rejected for every L&D, mother/baby and nursery job I apply for. If you enjoy your job stick it out until you get your RN. Most jobs where I'm at give you pay based on half your LPN experience. I don't know much about raises, the one job I got a raise at I got 25 cents. Working home health the last 14 years I actually took a pay cut as an LPN! And I would much rather work 3 12s instead of 5 8s. But it all comes down to what will make you happy. Do you need the extra money, do you want to work 40 hours, do you want to start over and work with new people? Make a pro con list and go from there
  4. by   Marisette
    Sometimes the grass is not always greener on the other side, even when the money is better. It all depends on what you want and your priorities. If money is the priority, then changing employers may make you happier. In my opinion, office nursing is not as pleasant as it appears . It's five days a week and with minimal staffing, it's difficult to get days off. Moreover, instead of 10, 20 or 30 patient's in a week, you are dealing with hundreds because of the number of potential calls and interuptions during the day. An LPN may be responsible for the clinic duties like rooming patient's , injections, patient education, insurance, and numerous calls interrupt your work day. Working with a "healthier" population can feel a lot like customer service more than nursing because many of our patient's are demanding service. They need to see the MD today, when there are no appointments, need the medication now, want their insurance called now...

    It's also the home of providers. The electronic medical record, schedules, and everything else that happens in the office setting is often geared to facilitate the needs of providers. I work indirectly with providers as a triage nurse, but some of my LPN coworkers tell me they barely have time to take a quick break. The pace can be hectic. Some providers (just like in some hospitals) are less than cordial. Nurses are not valued for skills in this setting, although the task and responsibilites are not as easy as perceived.

    If I was in your shoes, I would focus on completing my RN, since you like your coworkers and appear to be relatively happy in your environment. You will get the benefits your RN coworkers get once you complete your RN training. You may also find, that along with those benefits, there are some additional responsibilites that were not apparent or visible to you while you functioned as an LPN. The grass is not always greener in the office setting or as an RN.
    Last edit by Marisette on Oct 15 : Reason: spelling

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