Quote from GiantHeart21
I am an LVN student planning to transfer to a BSN program after I finish. I am a little upset cause I feel like I am kinda waisting my money. Whta exactly do LVNs do that is so different from what techs do. My books have such elemetary subject matter that I feel like I already know most of it before even going into it. I really want to be very involved in patient care and it seems like I am paying 23 grand to go to school for 18 months and then come out knowing how to give a few meds. I hope that I am very wrong. Some one please enlighten me.
I dont think you're wasting your time. IN fact, it's probably a wise move if you're heading for an eventual bsn. First off, after your 18months (as opposed to 4-5 yrs for bsn) you'll be working and making more $ than just being a tech. Also, you should be able to skip over some classes required for bsn...making the 4-5 years less than that (3-4 yrs?). You'll be functioning as a nurse for a few years before you graduate bsn, you will have already been 'indoctrinated' into 'real-life' nursey-stuff, and will have an undisputed edge over your fellow bsn-student counterparts (who, by the way, will do every thing in their power to prove this statement wrong..and will have big chips on their shoulders because of it...consider yourself warned
). YOu (in general) will also be a 'shoe-in' as far as acceptance into rn/bsn completion programs.
I dont live in CA so i dont know their rules. However, most of the rest of the nation allows lpn's to work as floor-nurses, er's, etc. ...just depends on the place. There ARE restrictions with certain iv medications(pushes, pressors, etc.) , but you'll be able to give the majority of them (piggy-backs, etc.). Because of certain institution-inforced restrictions, you may find it difficult (even outside of CA) to work specialty units like er, icu, etc...but no worries. If you desire those types of units you'll eventually have a bsn anyway. And remeber (most experienced nurses will agree with this), 95% of what a nurse knows/learns, she learns ON THE JOB.
MOst of the differences are minimal(when talking bed-side nursing/direct patient care)...and in reality/practice you will serve the same function as your RN counterparts.
If anyone attempts to sell 'lpn' short, or otherwise insinuate negative stuff, it's mostly because they either 1) dont know what they're talking about (especially true of ignorant lay-persons), 2) are insecure of themselves (mostly 'weak' or 'poor' RN's), or 3) students who are ignorant and dont know it.
LPN's are an INVALUABLE commodity in today's healthcare field...they ARE nurses...and can be an EXCELLENT stepping-stone in acquiring further nursing degrees.
Dont let anyone ever tell you otherwise.