Anyone else decide to not to go on to RN and stay an LPN? Anyone else decide to not to go on to RN and stay an LPN? - pg.3 | allnurses

Anyone else decide to not to go on to RN and stay an LPN? - page 3

Hello fellow nurses, I have been an LPN for going on 11 years; worked in LTC for MH/MR, LTC for the elderly,hospital setting and currently homecare. I have always debated and even started at one... Read More

  1. Visit  bananerz84 profile page
    #26 0
    I read everything here.
    Last edit by bananerz84 on Sep 23 : Reason: I want to
  2. Visit  Lovemysugar profile page
    #27 1
    At this stage of my life, it's about quality and life balance. An LVN is perfectly respectful and in this litigious culture I do not want the liabitly and stress that RNs face these days.
    ...That being said, I will probably start my prereqs after my LVN and change my mind if cost permits. I'll cross that bridge later.
  3. Visit  jauninenelson profile page
    #28 2
    I have been in school and the more I did it the more I decided to be happy where I am. I made great grades, but I have kids in middle school, high school, and college. I also have a husband that travels. I think that I want to be apart of my family. My kids are growing up fast. I make a good living as a LPN and I am in a position of leadership and don't have to work weekends and nights.
  4. Visit  LPN2RN2BE profile page
    #29 0
    It seems like it was a lifetime ago when I posted a response. In March of 2013, after working as a LPN in home health for a year, I made the decision to enroll into an online LPN to RN program. Although I have surpassed the 2 year deadline I gave myself, I am glad I made the decision to advance my nursing degree. I really had no intention on becoming an LPN but I do not regret having to take that step back. The amount of experience I gained as a home health LPN is what has helped me the most in this program. I am so happy to FINALLY see the light at the end of this tunnel. Unfortunately my previous response on the limited areas in the healthcare field for LPNs in my area held true. My choices are STILL limited to home health, LTC and clinics (if you have the experience) even with almost 5 years work experience. As I prepare for my clinical exit exam (7-12 month waiting list) I smile even more because I know that even when I FINALLY earn a RN license, I will ALWAYS be a LPN at heart.
    Last edit by LPN2RN2BE on Oct 24 : Reason: grammar error
  5. Visit  MLPN profile page
    #30 0
    I totally know how you feel. I've been an lpn for 5 yrs and keep on revisiting the thought about becoming an RN. I've taken a few prerequisites myself. I decided that I'm happy where I'm at. Who knows if I'll change my mind again. However, I am sure lpn/lvns are very valuable to the medical field. We DO have less responsibilities than RNs, that's a +. I'm happy being an lpn! We care for people within our scope and we're all nurses. The very best to everyoneyes:
  6. Visit  BSNbeDONE profile page
    #31 0
    Quote from LPN2RN2BE
    It seems like it was a lifetime ago when I posted a response. In March of 2013, after working as a LPN in home health for a year, I made the decision to enroll into an online LPN to RN program. Although I have surpassed the 2 year deadline I gave myself, I am glad I made the decision to advance my nursing degree. I really had no intention on becoming an LPN but I do not regret having to take that step back. The amount of experience I gained as a home health LPN is what has helped me the most in this program. I am so happy to FINALLY see the light at the end of this tunnel. Unfortunately my previous response on the limited areas in the healthcare field for LPNs in my area held true. My choices are STILL limited to home health, LTC and clinics (if you have the experience) even with almost 5 years work experience. As I prepare for my clinical exit exam (7-12 month waiting list) I smile even more because I know that even when I FINALLY earn a RN license, I will ALWAYS be a LPN at heart.
    Sounds like you and I attended the same college (EC).
  7. Visit  LPN2RN2BE profile page
    #32 0
    Quote from BSNbeDONE
    Sounds like you and I attended the same college (EC).
    Yup! I only have THE BEAST to conquer
  8. Visit  lvnforschool profile page
    #33 0
    I have mixed feelings. I start to get "bored" in my career (LVN) and I think I want to go back for RN but then reality sets in and I just don't have the time,money, or drive to go back to school. My job, my income, my family, and my happiness. Right now everything is as I want it to be, so why change it?
  9. Visit  elikat02 profile page
    #34 2
    I'm a newly licensed LPN and I'm 53 years old. There are no bridge programs here so I'd have to go back to school for 2 years and then do my BSN after that. I know people that have done this at my age or even older - but honestly - I just don't have it in me. LPN school was stressful enough and I honestly can't see going through all that (not to mention the cost and paying back students loans) just for a few years - if that - of work. If I had gone into nursing right out of high school I would have definitely gone for RN (or higher).

    I'm also having a hard time finding an LPN office job. I always wanted to work in an office but where I am, CMA's rule the roost. So I'm not sure if it's my advanced age or the flood of CMA's, but an LPN job (whether it be office or SNF) is proving rather difficult to find. So, to the original poster, if you have the time, money and stamina, I would encourage you to go for it.
  10. Visit  pattylpn54 profile page
    #35 0
    I went to school for my LPN when I was 56 yrs old. Surprised myself by passing the boards(although I did bust my butt to EARN it!!). I wanted to go for RN, but am now 62 and just got over lung cancer treatments (which took my hair, my hearing(Hard of hearing now), and my long term memory. So I really don't think I could do it even if I still wanted to.

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