Can you go from RN student to LPN?

  1. I need some expert advice, please. I'm having a dilema and don't know what to do. All I have ever wanted since deciding to pursue nursing a few years ago (but delayed school because of new baby), is to work in LTC with the elderly. Well, I'm finishing up my Freshman year in an RN program and am making mostly Bs, but the longer I'm in school, the more I think that I DON'T want to be an RN. I've heard that in nursing homes, there's usually just one, maybe two RNs, and they rarely have patient contact - mostly paperwork in an office. And from what I've seen so far in clinicals at the hospitals, the RNs are stretched too thin to have much one-to-one interaction with the patients for more than just a couple of minutes. I simply just want to take care of the elderly, get to know them, keep them clean, make them smile, and pass meds and such as needed. So my question is, has anyone ever heard of switching over to LPN, and if so, what is involved? My fear is that none of my Freshman year would transfer and I will have wasted all of that time and money just to start over from the beginning in an LPN program.
    Thank you in advance for any advice you can offer.
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  3. by   raynefall
    Have you thought about becoming an RN and working on a geriatric floor?
  4. by   HannasMom
    First of all you would have to find a community college which offers the Practical Nursing Program. Some of our community colleges in my area no longer offer the program. Then get information about their programs and talk to the schools nursing advisors. When I entered my practical nursing program, we had two students who had a Bachelors Degree. I'm a LPN who does work in a skilled nursing facility, we need our RN's because LPNs cannot do IV pushes, and some other treatments in our state. So RNs don't just push papers. As a RN you would be very wanted in a nursing home.
  5. by   Dixen81
    Thank you so much for your replies. And after thinking about it while trying to go to sleep last night, I want to clarify that I was not implying that the LPNs just do CNA type work; I know that they do a LOT more! I've seen first hand how hard you LPNs work. I am a hard worker and am self-motivated, and not at all afraid of getting dirty. I don't think anyone took it wrong, but I just wanted to clear that up, anyway.
    As for your responses, I also lay in bed thinking that maybe I could finish the RN program and work in Senior Care at one of the local hospitals here where I did my first clinical. I did enjoy that. Thank you, raynefall.
    Hannasmom, thank you also for your encouragement. Are you happy as an LPN in your facility? Do your RNs have much patient contact besides pushing IVs and assessments?
    I'm enrolled in a hospital diploma program. They also have LPN and allied health programs. I agree that perhaps I should talk with the school counselor to get more information and learn what my options are.
    Again, thank you so much. You've given me more to consider. Bless you both and have a super happy day!
  6. by   Achoo!
    with our program, if you finish the first year you can sit for the LPN boards. You may want to inquire about it.
  7. by   Dixen81
    Quote from Achoo!
    with our program, if you finish the first year you can sit for the LPN boards. You may want to inquire about it.
    Really? After the Freshman year? Are you in a diploma program?
  8. by   Achoo!
    Quote from Dixen81
    Really? After the Freshman year? Are you in a diploma program?
    Associates.
  9. by   nurseshawna
    about the LPN boards...really? i didn't know that! what state do you live in?

    i am nearing the end of my 1st semester, and really don't feel like i have learned anything major beyond what i already knew. but, then again, the word around school is that 2nd semester is killer.

    i have been wondering also, what exactly do you get in lpn school? and how does it really differ from what an RN gets. the only thing i can gather from hearing some instructors talk (so far that is) is it mostly critical thinking and the nursing process? sorry if this is a dumb question!
  10. by   mitchsmom
    Sitting for the LPN boards during RN school varies from place to place. At my school, we don't do one of the components needed until we are one semester away from graduating so it's sort of pointless by then. But you can do it at a lot of places.
  11. by   Achoo!
    I am from Wisconsin, but yeah after the first year of clinicals, if all co-req's are done you can sit for the LPN boards.
  12. by   HannasMom
    Yes, I'm very happy as an LPN, I love my job and the residents at my facility. I also like the job, because it is a skilled facility. I became IV Therapy Certified, so I could start IV's. Yes the RN's have as much patient contact as I have, they just have more responsibility in other areas. One does Fire Safety Inservices, etc. I'm happy as a LPN, yet I am going to school, right now I'm taking a Micro class, the school I attended for my Practical Nursing Program didn't require Micro. I love the Micro class, even though it is intense and lots of work. I hope to get accepted into an LPN to RN Program this fall. I will know by August.
  13. by   nursedawn67
    I work in LTC and am a LPN, at this facility the RNs do the exact same job I do, except they put in the IV's. I'm a charge nurse and they are charge nurses, we pass meds, have ALOT of one on one care with the residents. We manage the CNA's, we do treatments, we do some blood draws when lab isn't in that day or in an emergency situation.

    good luck in whatever route you choose.
  14. by   Dixen81
    Thank you so much for your input, everyone! It's nice to know that I do have options, just need to decide which way to go. You all are wonderful!
    Thanks, again!

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