I have had other people tell me that going to school to become an lpn would be a waste of time because they are being phased out by CNAs. Is this true?
I have not been an LPN ever in my career, but I will say this -- I have seen this sentiment get tossed around on a regular basis. It comes up, it goes away, it comes back again. I do think that many hospitals have phased out LPNs in acute care because the acuity these days in hospitals is such that LPNs are not qualified to care for many of the patients (too many IVs, too much patient assessment, etc.) However, there are tons of jobs in LTC for LPNs and always will be, as well as clinics, homecare, and other non-hospital areas. As far as licensed nursing staff, LPNs are cheap. For that reason alone, I think LPNs will always have jobs, especially in the near future, when you consider that all the baby boomers are retiring or near retiring. A lot of them are going to be in LTC as it is no longer the social norm for the elderly to live with their extended families.
I would not worry one bit.
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