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 time working on prereqs for an... Read More
- 1Mar 11, '12 by winnowillI've been a LPN for ten years now. Sometimes I think about going back to get my RN. And sometimes I wonder what I was thinking going into nursing in the first place. Then something will happen to remind me why and that I wouldn't do anything else. I doubt I will ever go back for my RN though. I am happy where I am.
- 1Mar 11, '12 by juzmeThank you everyone for your input:-) whatever position we hold; CNA, MA,LPN, RN or even an advanced degree it is important to just try to enjoy where ever you are in life...if you want to go on then do so, if not then that is wonderful too...whatever brings you happiness and career satisfaction is the key....all of us healthcare workers are valuable and play an important role in our patients lives....I think more though even more important than advancing your degree, is to never stop learning in this field and always be ready to learn something to be the best patient advocate we can!
- 0Mar 14, '12 by ruthalittleHello. Same here. My oldest "child" is now 28. When he was 8 years old he had a Tympanomastoidectomy and was hospitalized for over a month. At the time I was enrolled in an RN program and was almost halfway through it. After he recovered I took the Practical nursing program so that I could work & concentrate on raising my kids. The plan was to bridge over to an RN program after my children were grown.
I also currently work in homecare. Have you seen the amount of paperwork the RN's are responsible for in homecare?! There is very little time left for what I love; the hands on aspect of nursing. So, I'm blessed enough to love what I get paid for, and make my own hours more or less. I will one day be a retired LPN.
- 1Mar 14, '12 by WldChrryI am still a very new LPN, about a year in now. I have toyed with alot of different ideas as to what my next step would be, if any. On top of being an LPN, I have an Associates in Early Childhood Education, and until recently, I was enrolled in Excelsior's RN program. However, I have decided to change my major and start working on a Bachelors degree in a health related field. When I started LPN school, it was never my intent to become an RN, but of course with everyone's "input" it just seemed like the most logical thing to do. I guess it took me just taking a step back and realizing that I love being an LPN, I love working in geriatrics, plus I already have an Associates degree already, so why am I working toward another Associates when I could use that same time to just get my Bachelors. I will still be a nurse, although not an RN, but that's really not important to me. What's important to me is that I love what I do, and that I can still be a well educated LPN with many opportunities.
- 0Mar 14, '12 by RN2BE2016I am a new LPN. I do not have the knowledge or experience of working as an LPN, as of yet. But, one thing that EVERY working LPN I met through my clinical rotation suggested is, that I go on to get my RN degree. I wanted to do that this May but I didn't want to place the financial burden on my spouse through another intensive year nursing school. I pray that my decision to put if off for a year won't haunt me (since it took my 10 years to get to this point). But I do intend to go on to get my RN and within 5 years, God willing, my BSN (as the state in which I reside has their local new RN's on a 5 year deadline to get their BSN). Most of the hospitals in my region won't hire LPNs unless they are experienced (5+ years or more), and even with that, job positions are limited. I haven't been looking long for work, but even jobs for newly licensed LPNs are hard to come by because most LTC facilities want nurses with "experience". I thought a year of clinical experience would count as something. Back on topic, getting an RN degree is becoming a "must have" to work in the healthcare industry as a nurse. There used to be a time when LPNs were the nurses to be, now you must have your BSN to get into the door of a HOSPITAL, next thing you know...PhD in nursing (is that even possible??)