Are there any LPN's not going for RN?

  1. I feel like I am the only LPN out of my class mates and co workers that isnt actively trying to pursue their RN. Is it so bad to " just " be an LPN? I am not saying that one day I may not look into it but I am pretty happy with my LPN license.

    I work in a clinic and dont plan on leaving the clinic field so an RN would not benefit me much, only a couple $$ pay raise which by the time I got through school I would already be making that much due to raises. Also my LPN classes would not transfer so I would be starting from square one even in a bridge program. I already have a lot of experience as an LPN that really benefits me so I also would not be keen on being considered a new grad and having to trudge throught the new grad job market again. The first time was rough enough!

    Anyone else not planning on going for RN anytime soon? Sometimes I feel like a slacker for not wanting to!
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  3. by   loriangel14
    Hey I'm with you.I have no desire to go back to school.I am perfectly happy as I am. The thought of going back to deadlines, papers, and exams makes me shudder.The thought of going back into debt isn't appealing either.
  4. by   joyfullpn
    I don't think I am. It's funny because that's always the first question anyone asks me when I say I'm an LPN. I do not need to take on anymore debt and I enjoy my work environment. It makes me sick the thought of taking another NCLEX!!! I don't ask people that when they tell me what their career is. For example if they say they work at a daycare my first question isn't are you going to go work for a college next. It can be annoying at times. I am happy being an LPN!
  5. by   GoosbyLPN
    Im with you so I just passed my boards on 8/29 and was out of school for 9 yrs before I passed (due to starting a family) tired of that question..Dang I just passed let me enjoy my LPN first but right now I dont wanna fight the NCLEX..Ill take a couple of certs thats it to earn more money but idk about going on to RN
  6. by   mom_coach_nurse
    I don't plan to. I don't need to for what I want to do. I hear it all the time too, or its just implied that of course, I'll go on for my RN. As for being "just" an LPN, my instructor about lost her **** on our first day & said she NEVER wanted to hear us say that, ever.
  7. by   eatmysoxRN
    An LPN I worked with said she wouldn't want to be a RN. She didn't want to be responsible or in charge. This was in an acute care hospital.
  8. by   maryen
    I never have. I received my LVN license 22 years ago. I worked in hospitals, clinic and have been doing home care for about the last 10 years. My only regret in not going onto RN is that as I am getting older and would like to move away from direct bedside care. I have found that my options are limited not being an RN.
  9. by   didi768
    I have trouble with Anatomy and memorizing stuff now that I am 46. Won't be going back either. Started at VA back in '86, worked there for 13 yrs. (wish I'd stayed now ugh) Been mostly doing home care now and am sick of it actually. Applied for a Methadone clinic and messed up telling HR my van was on the fritz, so they won't be calling me back dang it!!!
    I want to get back into a hospital but have no clue how to do IV's even though I did get IV certified like 8 yrs. ago. Never used it but wish someone would hire me and offer to teach me these things. Home care is so boring and I need action! Now I'm just babysitting because I really do miss babies and there is no charting involved lol.
  10. by   sarahlee23
    I don't plan on going back to school for RN any time soon either. Even during nursing school people acted like I was crazy for not going on for RN right away. But I want to get student loans paid off before I even think about going back to school. And I'm happy where I am right now. At this point I have no desire to become an RN.
  11. by   LTCNS
    *Raises hand* I won't be going back for RN either. I've been a LPN for almost 17 years and have no desire to start over. I too get asked the "why don't you get your RN" question myself and just say simply "I'm satisfied with where I am right now." In fact, if I were to pursue another degree at 47 years old, it would most likely be in Healthcare Administration or something to do with computers and software and/or networking.
  12. by   ondahill
    When I first started my career I worked with 2 LPN's. One I would put up against any RN and most doctors as far as her knowledge. She was a very hard working, wonderful team player and could not do enough for her patients. She was very comfortable being an LPN and had no desires to becoming an RN. The other LPN, was also a good nurse, but the 3 letters LPN grated on her nerves so bad that she was almost fired a time or 2. I told her about how when putting assignments on the board it was nothing personal but it had to be listed as RN and LPN per the joint comm. After 2 yrs of hearing her complain about everyone looking down at her I sat her down one day and had what I called a coming to Jesus talk with her. The bottom line was her coworkers didn't have a problem with her being an LPN, she did. She hated it. I finally convinced her to go back to school and get her RN. She was so proud, as was I and we still follow each other today. If you are happy with your life and work, the letters by your name are not to useful. Just be the best nurse you can be and everything else will take care of itself. I wish you the very best and having RN beside your name does not make you the best nurse. It is the compassion, the heart, the time you give your patients to vent, the concern you have for them and their families. Nurses are so disrespected and underpaid, but they always do their best to make their patients comfortable and better no matter what the politics are of the facility that they are employed. I wish our government could take a page out of the nurses handbook. We don't care if you are black, white, democrates or republicans you are all the same to us. Someone who wants to get better and get back to living their lives the best they can.
  13. by   brandy1017
    Hey if you're happy as an LPN and are making a living wage and can get by on the salary then good for you. No need to go back to school if you're happy.
  14. by   CT Pixie
    I am currently an LPN (licensed in 2008). I am 3 classes from ending my LPN to RN bridge course. I had really no desire to get my RN when I first graduated LPN school. But after a few years of working in LTC (which I LOVE by the way) I realized I wanted to have the option of more job diversity. In my state, LPN"s have a very narrow Scope of Practice compared with other states. I wanted the option of working in an acute hospital if I chose too or any other area. While I do love LTC, I would like to be able to try out the waters in other areas. Having my LPN I am limited in that regards.

    I don't fault anyone for not wanting to go back and obtain their RN. Heck, I was one of the nay-sayers who said I didn't want to do it. Had no reason to..didn't want the added debt for tuition, didn't want the added responsibility etc..and here I am 4 years later doing exactly what I said I wouldn't.

    If YOU are happy with your LPN, that's wonderful...stay right where you are....and should you ever change your have that option too.