Originally posted by Susy K:
I often wondered why some people choose to become an LPN verses an RN, or why go for a 2 year program and just not go for 2 more years to get your BS? Especially with the threatened LPN layoffs, the lower pay, the limited employment choices. Is it money? Is it wanting to get your ability to work sooner? Please enlighten me. Thanks.
Thank you Susy K, for asking, rather than assuming. I find this very refreshing, after seeing posts full of wrong assumptions.
When I came into nursing, I didn't intend to do it as a profession, but as a way to gain more knowledge to take care of my child who was very ill during the first two yrs of her life. After sending 60 days in an NICU, and almost losing her, I went to school, the next month after she received a trach. I probably would have went to an RN program, if my ex hadn't been the military. The LPN program was 15 mos long, and the RN program 24 mos. As we were transferred after only one yr most times, I felt I could handle 3 mos. without his help, but not 1yr., if he was transferred before I completed school. But when I graduated, and started working in the NICU, I realized, I had finally found my niche! After one year, I was making more than some RNs, while working per diem, and functioning in the newly started primary care modules, with my own pts, obtaining orders, doing pt. assessments, and being responsible for my actions, but also keeping the charge nurse, fully informed of any changes necessary. During my many years of nursing, I didn't then, nor have I now ever had any problems finding a job, as my references are excellent, and glowing, from the RNs I have worked with, who saw me as an assest, not a hinderance. The pay I receive as a travel nurse is the same or more than "some" RN staff nurses, and even "some" RN travelers. Also ,it has always puzzled me, as to why some nurses, take the time to get their BSNs, MSNs, or become NP, but I never hear them asked why they didn't become doctors. Everyone has someone above, or below them on the totem pole, and we all can't, nor should we all wish to be at the top. I can remember working in hospitals, that only allowed BSN, or MSN nurses to be in charge of a floor. I would later see those same nurses, come back to the floor, as they discovered being at the "top" wasn't for them. A person must be true to their own calling, and their own comfort level. The level of ones career, and or their aspirations shouldn't be determined, or defined by anyone, but themselves. Nor should they be discouraged from staying at their level of comfort, unless they perform poorly in their positions. If the opportunities exist for them to work at the level they wish, then by all means they should be allowed to do so. There are many RNs,LPNs,CNAs, and others, who should have never even came into the field, let alone have progressed beyond their initial levels of education. For the record, my top pay now is up to $28.00/hr plus mileage, which tops out at $31.00/hr per diem, or $23.00/hr plus travel of $182.00 a week!
P. S., the later includes a FREE, fully furnished apartment, utilities, benefits, and much more! And as for hospitals getting rid of LPNs, I have seen them do it, and seem them regret it. This is part of the reason I have no trouble getting travel assignments, as most hospitals when they decided to get them back, couldn't find enough, or those with acute care experience.
So although I'm deeply saddened by anyone having to lose their job, I'm glad the hospital's payback, is to have to pay us, a lot more than the LPN/LVNs they losted.
[This message has been edited by Brownms46 (edited March 26, 2001).]