I am a GA LPN, originally. Due to personal reasons I relocated to NC. In GA I had no difficulty locating a job. I worked in the hospital which recruited me before I was even out of the program and graduated. In this area of the country there is absolutely no discrimination as to your initials. The only difference in our hospital between LPN AND RN scope was morphine push. Only RN's could administer morphine per IV. In NC, I could not get a position in the hospital as an LPN. And thus worked as an office nurse. Again I relocated this time for good to another state. The differences in scope of practice are enormous and I have been in a deep depression ever since entering this state. Once again I was faced with the same circumstances-- "Well, we only have limited postions for LPN'S in our hospital." At this point as a single mother I took my current job as a staff nurse in a long term care facility. I have actually embraced geriatric nursing and have fallen in love with long term care. My delimma is such: there must be a RN in the building according to state law. Constantly I am reminded that I cannot flush ears in our facility, I cannot add med's to an IV bag, I cannot hang TPN., the list goes on and on. Even though I did all of these procedures, administrations, etc. in another state. I understand that I am not in Kansas anymore TOTO, but still it is a very bitter pill to swallow. Never the less, in our area there is of course quite a nursing shortage, especially RN'S for long term care. We lost one of our Night shift charge RN'S and in order to gain experience and help the facility I agreed to take the postion until they could hire another RN. Unfortunately, my relief RN resigned. This left myself as the only full-time NOC Charge.In desperation my facility placed an ad to encourage RN'S to apply for the position and initiated a high hourly wage without benefits. The problem is- the RN'S that have come on board only work on-call , have no background in long term care and are quite ineffectual in their performance. When they are charge and I work as staff nurse I have to carry my floor and carry them as well. To add insult to injury, they make 11.00$ more an hour than I do. The kicker in all this nightmare is they will not release me from working 3 12 hr shift, and 1 8 hr shift with only two days off. The only alternative is to transfer back to eve shift, and this is not an option as my husband is a CNA at the facility and works eve shift. We both cannot work this shift together and maintain our family. The personnel nurse for scheduling is well aware of my problem and appears quite happy to have painted me into a corner so to speak. I know that I can go somewhere else but I would lose benefits, and basically my alternatives in this community are office nurse or long term care. Unfortunately, Dr.s don't pay office nurses here beans and I would have to take a 2-3$ pay cut per hour. I am sure this is quite long and drawn out but I really could use anyone's two cents in this manner.
And please for the record, I AM NOT BASHING RN'S. I understand that RN'S have more education that I do and I envy every freaking minute of it. I am not able to persue my RN because I have a very unstable child that demands much of my attention. Believe me, it was all I could do to get through 15 mnths of LPN school.
IF THERE IS ANYBODY THAT HAS BEEN IN MY BOAT OR SIMILIAR, COULD YOU WRITE BACK.
To Sandygapeachlpn, look online and see what is out there in distance learning for LPN's wanting to continue to R.N. You can do most online (at 2 in the morning!!if you want, in your pj's!!).
Last edit by LEN-RN on Nov 5, '05