LVN before RN - page 2
Hi Alll I have been reading your posts for a long time but this is the first post that I have written. Anyways I am a CNA now and going to school taking nursing pre reqs. I ws wondering if... Read More
Nov 1, '02Originally posted by NannaNurse
Don't you miss the closeness with the patients? Actually I don't think I'm 'wrong'...it's just my opinion.
I've realized there are numerous ways to effect a patient's life, not only treating them when they have fallen ill but intervening BEFORE they end up in the hospital. Every job I have had, in the clinic, in education, and even in research, I've had direct patient contact.
My point earlier is yes, there are always exceptions to every rule. I've seen LPNs do telephone triage and public health; but where I live they do not. I've simply seen more options available to RNs.
You asked if you "were wrong" in your first post so I replied in kind. There was nothing deeper meant by that.
Nov 2, '02Again, it really depends on the situation of the individual. I was a secretary, unit clerk, lvn and now rn. I don't see the harm in becoming a LVN first. In fact when you do you tend to have a leg up on bedside nursing. I was a LVN for 4 years before I went back and got my RN. I remember a RN precepting me on a med surg floor. She had only a year of being a RN. We had to put a foley catheter in an eighty-four woman she didn't have a clue to do it so I miss LVN did it with no problem because of my prior experience. Yes, I say any step up from your previous situation is great. I look at it as a stepping stone. For others who never relish the fact of being a LVN first you really can't say how it would or would not benfit anyone when you never was working as a practical nurse. We all take several paths to get where we are and because of our cultural backgrounds, living conditions at that time we had to do what we had to do, period.
Now 2 1/2 years as a RN I am planing to go back and get my MSN over all to become a NNP. But because I was a LVN first I can often reflect what started my foundation to be the best in my profession. Do what works for you and you only...........
Nov 2, '02Why is it that this has once again seemed to turn into a fight over LPN vs RN? In my honest opinion you have to choose what is right for you not anyone else. In every position you will have limitations, thats just life. If you want to be a nurse and you just can't do the RN, a LPN job is very rewarding. Some people are very happy with a LPN status and thats wonderful. I myself look forward to being an LPN. Some people need more opportunity and you get that with a RN behind your name. Its a matter of personal preference. I myself want to do in home pediatric care and you can be either a LPN or RN to do that job.