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
2Mar 7, '12 by EMR*LPN, LPNi've been an lpn for 30 years and have never felt the desire to go further. fortunately, i graduated when positions for lpns was plentiful and was able to accumulate experience from every specialty area. that experience is serving me well in my current career as a consultant for emr implementations.
5Mar 7, '12 by zorabanksQuote from myjgangSorry, but, while having a "certification" is nice, it does not carry the same responsibility as a "licenses". In fact MAs/CMAs can only work under someone else's "license". In my opinion, they shouldn't be allowed to have all these ancillaries of the nursing profession. Of course, it's all about money. Why pay a licenses professional $25/hr when you can get it done for $9-12.50/hr???? When you become a Professional Licenses Nurse, you will know 1st hand that that RN/LPN is not just sitting there...you will learn...in the words of my mother, "they pay the cost to be the boss".Not responding to the actual question in thread but am responding to comment regarding the "God Forbidden Medical Assistants".....I sure hope that perhaps you are specifically talking about the medical assistants that may not be certified because I will have you know that they are manyyyyyyyyy medical assistants that are CERTIFIED.....me being one of them. In regards to "barely HS grads"...not only am I a HS grad but college grad and hopefully soon to be a student in an ASN-RN program (finding out first week of April), 4.0 GPA, 3 kids and a husband . I have worked at DUKE as a CMA. I did more work than the RN'S!!!!! For that very reason I was driven back to school....why should I do all the work while the RN's sit and do almost nothing....(I'm sure there will be those RN's that have something to say about that last statement)
BTY, I beleive that everyone is important to the team and that it is the pt who pays when we don't work together. Good Luck to you!
2Mar 7, '12 by itsmejuliDuring my mid-life career change I had planned on becoming an RN. I started pre-reqs, couldn't get into an RN program, went the LPN route then started the RN program. I was in FL at the time and working in LTC, the local hospitals didn't hire LPNs.
I completed one semester of of RN where I learned nothing new. Then over Christmas break decided to sell my house and return to Canada.
So here I am, an LPN working in medical rehab making more money than a new RN grad in most of the US. I can work in a hospital if I want to.
I have no desire to go on to RN, I'm done with school. And I'm sure being an RN won't give me that much more money in my pocket after taxes and tuition.
2Mar 8, '12 by AZMOMO2, ASNI want the RN... I guess mainly because there may be more options later in life as an RN than there are as an LPN. Teaching being one of them.
Of course with that being said there is not much out there for new grads and despite having LPN experience, which it seems counts for nothing, the RN market is pretty dismal. I can move more freely with the 2 + years of experience in my field, but since I have continued to take pre-reqs and co-reqs for RN programs and even BSN programs, since finishing my LPN program in 2009, I can't stop now. Presently I am waiting for a spot for the LPN-ADN/RN program while working on my BSN general education classes so I can bridge right away to RN-BSN core classes. There seems to be little market for extry level RNs around here without at least a BSN.
I also have the comfort of know that my current LPN position converts to a RN position with a big pay bump once I graduate, so I have some extra incentive there too.
I think for me ultimately the reason I keep going is it would be more about becoming complacent than anything.
I am also tired of hearing, "Oh you are just an LPN that's not a real nurse."
0Mar 8, '12 by steffuturelpnwell im a new grad lpn and i am proud, i do plan on going back to get my bsn or higher because i want to be a clinical instructor. i work at a acute rehab in pa and some of the best nurses i know are lpns, or they are rns that started as lpns and they are the best, so i aspire to be like them, i am proud of my decision and i am gonna succeed no matter what i do. a lot of the lpn and adn rns at my job say they are not going back to school and i support there decisions 100 percent. nurses are nurses whether im a lpn at a ltc or rn at a rehab the patients really dont care as long as they are taken care of with respect. and another thing i can gaurantee u that i can run circles around any new rn grad because my clinical experience was superb and i got the gift of caring
0Mar 9, '12 by RJKittsI am an LPN for 3 almost 4 years and wishes that I would've went the RN route, because now after finishing school and working I feel that I always make an excuse not to go back. Where I'm from there are not a lot of job opportunities for LPNs mostly LTC, no hospital in this area will hire an LPN unless they want to work as a PCA. But I also feel like new grads from RN school aren't getting hired either. In a LTC setting where I was we had 2 brand new RN's with BSNs come to work for $20/hr which is what the LPNs were making and we all were doing the same thing. But my dream is to become a travel nurse, so RN I will have to get to broaden my possibilities in that field. But in my opinion a nurse is a nurse and we all contribute to patient care so if you're happy with that, we need LPNs as much as we need RNs and STNAs.
1Mar 11, '12 by lammccHi Juzme:
I went back to school to become an LPN 10 years ago when I was in my late 40s. If I went back to school now for my RN it would take me three years, so I'd be 60 by the time I finished. I think there are a lot of people who become LPNs later in life and the cost of getting the RN would take years to make up, plus the 2-3 years of lost wages. I think it depends on how many more years you plan to work before retirement.
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 CLUVRN, BSN, RNI too plan on a career as an LPN with no desire to be an RN. I have a great paying full-time job with benefits and gas/cell phone reimbursement. I enjoy my life and those in it. I have no complaints/worries. Things are good right now!
0Mar 14, '12 by LPN2RN2BE, LPNI 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??)