Quote from char1976
I'm going to take my LPN and I'm very excited and happy about it, and would like to work in a hospital. But lately I've been reading alot of posts about "phasing out" LPN's. In alot of hospitals in the US, they don't have any LPNs in the hospitals at all. I also read that in Quebec they also don't hire LPNs at all anymore, is this true? I'm in Bathurst New-Brunswick and right now, they are begging for LPNs. I wonder if this is what will happen to NB too. I can see that maybe in the future they will no longer hire any LPNs, but will they acutally "lay off" LPN"s? I'm really looking forward to being an LPN, but I'm also very scared to end up unemployed in a 5 years.
I'm an LPN in Saint John and that old (very old) story about getting rid of LPN's is just that... a STORY.
There is such a shortage of nurses now that our scope of practice has increased to the point of giving meds on some floors in hospital, initiating IV's ( which is what I do) peritoneal dialysis exchanges, (done that too, including setting up the cycler for patients who use that instead).
When I first graduated we were not allowed to do very much at all, mostly custodial care, vitals, etc. so with additional education we have come a long way, baby!
I am happy to see these changes, feel much more like I am working as a valued team member.