LPN...Is it a good move?

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    Ok, so I am finally coming to terms w/ having failed the TEAS-RN exam last week. It's sad but I have to move on. Anyway, I have started to re-think my career move. I requested the LPN program info packet and have taken an interest. The fact that it allows you to bridge to the RN program is a big advantage.
    So, I have a couple of questions before I make a decision that I DON'T want to regret.

    1. Is becoming an LPN a good idea?
    2. Is it true that LPN's are being phased out? No longer needed?
    3. Are they treated inferiorly by RN's? I ask b/c just by being a volunteer at Childrens Hospital, I have not been treated very nicely by RN's.
    4. Would this career move work better if I have 2 young daughters (1 and 3)?

    Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

    P.S. I was told that this program requieres the Compass or the TABE exam. What were your experiences after taking this test? Would it be similar to the TEAS?

    I want to become an RN with all my heart and now I am more determined than ever to succeed. I may be the 60 year old in the class, but I will work at this however long it takes.

    Thanks!
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    Those are all great questions that I would like to know the answer to as well. I was also looking into other areas of health as well... like phlebotomy or pharmacy tech but i have a few questions about them and i have no idea who to ask. I dont think this site is even the place to post the questions since its not really that close to nursing...

    do you mind sharing the link where you got your lvn information? i found a small page on the delgado website but i didnt see anything about requesting information. i downloaded the bulletin but there werent any deadlines listed.
    Last edit by Gracielou717 on Sep 30, '09
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    Gracielou,

    I sent you a private message regarding the LPN program.
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    i hate to sound like a complete idiot...but i cant find the message! i finally found my inbox, but the only thing in it was my "thanks for joining this site" letter. i looked on the FAQs page but apparently i'm the only one with a problem...
    Last edit by Gracielou717 on Oct 1, '09
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    Quote from Gracielou717
    i hate to sound like a complete idiot...but i cant find the message! i finally found my inbox, but the only thing in it was my "thanks for joining this site" letter. i looked on the FAQs page but apparently i'm the only one with a problem...
    Hello Gracielou717

    Welcome to allnurses.com.

    You can find your pm box by going to, "My Account", found on the yellow toolbar. Scroll to, "Private Messages", and will take you to your inbox.

    You must have, however, 15 quality public board posts before sending/replying to private messages. We look forward seeing more of your posts.

    And, we hope you enjoy allnurses.com.
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    ahhh okay maybe thats it then. i dont think ive had 15 posts yet
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    Quote from Gracielou717
    ahhh okay maybe thats it then. i dont think ive had 15 posts yet

    This screenshot shows you which icon to click on a name once you have the 15 posts and also shows you how to see how many posts you have:

    http://www.screencast.com/users/sirI...1-d0597784dae4
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    Well then thats definitely it. Thanks for the help!
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    Wow, I have read a couple of posts here and I have found there to be A LOT of LPN bashing. Somehow there is always a problem about who is better: LPN's or RN's. They make it sound as if LPN's are soooooooooooo inferior to RN's.
    I am curious to know why they say that LPN's are considered non-professional. So are LPN's nurses or not? When I finish my LPN program, could I call myself a Nurse or do I have to say "I am an non-professional who just cares for your loved one at the hospital"

    I have elected to go the LPN route just because after careful brain storming I think it will be best for my family. I have a 1 year old w/ kidney disorder and almost 4 year old who will be starting pre-school next year. I guess having failed my TEAS exam this month was the icing on the cake that made me realize that I need to take my time.
    I will be honored after graduating as an LPN. I am planning on doing the bridge program to the RN program but If I fall in love with being an LPN, then I will stay. In the end, it is working close to patients that I want. Presently, I am a volunteer at Children's Hospital, New Orleans. It is the best feeling when I am there. I do it b/c I want to make those kids as happy as possible. I love what I do there. My dream is to one day work at Children's Hospital full time.
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    Good job hopeful! It's really good to see that you have your hopes and dreams back. i keep telling myself that i'm still young and i still have another 40 years in the work force, so i'd better start doing what i want to do before i get stuck in something i dont love. i think we both want the same things out of our careers-- i want a job where i can actually see the difference i can make for someone, even if it's just being nice to someone who's afraid or upset. It sounds like you're well on your way to accomplishing all the goals you've set for yourself. good luck in school!


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