Originally posted by Future LPN Sheryl
I have a question, I just found out that whan I graduate from school IF I stay with my current employer I will make $20.50 a hour as a new grad LPN. The RNs where I work make $22.50 an hour. So my question is, why spend the extra time and money for an RN for only $2.00 more an hour? I'm really not wanting to start anything here, but I am curious to know why not just get your LPN?
I agree with everything others said. There are just not the vast amount of choices available to lpn's that are available for rn's.
I am an lpn and have worked with some great rn's that respected my knowledge and experience. But, no everyone does. Recently Iworked at one of the largest hospitals in Pennsylvania on a medical telemetry unit. In the period of 3 months you have no idea how many times I was referred to as NOT being a nurse. What does the n stand for in lpn? They would make comments like "the nurses, oh and the lpn's". Or RN staff would complain that they only had three nurses on the unit at that time, while there was 4 lpn's working as well. We didn't count. While I was not given nurse aide duties I was treated like a glorified aide.
I feel that I deserve more respect than that. I am planning on finishing for my rn. I want more opportunities than I currently have and the pay isn't part of it at all. I AM a nurse, and want to be treated like one. I have to say I worked at another large hospital that did NOT have that attitude about lpn's. The rn's there were respectful and had confidence in my abilities.
The only excuse I could have for those at the other hospital was that they had little experience working with lpn's and had no idea what we were capable of as a whole. (there are of course bad lpn's as well as bad rn's, I have worked with both)
Due to the shortage of nurses in general that large hospital had brought lpn's in for the first time in many years, so we were the first they had worked with. (many were very young rn's)
Still, I got comments everyday like, "I don't know what to do with an lpn" or even, "I have worked with lpn's and was not impressed"(later this same nurse became one of my best allies)
So please, its not a money thing.