I became an LPN in 1971 and it seemed shortly after that I started hearing talk about phasing out LPN's. Eventually I caved in. Between being asked "Are you a real nurse, or just
an LPN?" and constantly hearing that we would be phased out very shortly, I returned to school for my R.N. That was in 1986.
So, the talk goes on. Then there is the talk of requiring all new R.N.s to have a B.S.N.
Imagine eventually, if we can ever get past the severe nursing shortage we have now that those may be the ideals hoped for.
Personally, if I'd had to get a BSN right off the bat to be considered a beginning nurse, there are many more professions that would have appealed to me. Ones not requiring shift work, holiday work, wearing uniforms, practically running all shift, frequently without breaks and being looked at as a servant by many patients and their families. Not to mention putting up with administrative staff who don't have a clue what it is that nurses do.
See you're in Illinois, but imagine it is getting the same way all over the country. LPN's seem not to be hired by hospitals very much. Limited mostly to LTC facilities. Even doctor's offices seem to use MOA's.
So.....if I were going to become a nurse today, I might use the LPN as a stepping board to becoming an RN - one with a BSN. One step at a time, but keep on stepping or you'll find yourself limited to areas you may not be happy in.
Hope you find a niche you'll be happy in. And welcome to Allnurses, Sara