Are these true or false rumors about LPN

  1. 0 1. Is it true that they are almost completely phased out of hospitals
    2. is it true that CNAs and medical assistants are going to do an LPNs job in the future
    3. Is going to be an LPN even worth it. Would it be a good job to stay with for the rest of my life
    4. would it be hard to find a job as an LPN if I became one. Is being an LPN that great. Is it just a waste of time. I am a CNA right now I was going to upgrade to LPN atleast but is it worth it.
  2. Visit  mcclot1993 profile page

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  3. Visit  meanmaryjean profile page
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    I can only speak to the first question. My hospital employs ZERO LPNs. However, the physicians who practice at our hospital employ large numbers of them in their offices.
  4. Visit  LadyFree28 profile page
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    Quote from mcclot1993
    1. Is it true that they are almost completely phased out of hospitals
    2. is it true that CNAs and medical assistants are going to do an LPNs job in the future
    3. Is going to be an LPN even worth it. Would it be a good job to stay with for the rest of my life 4. would it be hard to find a job as an LPN if I became one. Is being an LPN that great. Is it just a waste of time. I am a CNA right now I was going to upgrade to LPN atleast but is it worth it.
    My answers:

    1. In some areas, yes; I only know of one hospital in my area that still has LPNs
    2. Nope, not in my state; you are either a CNA or a MA or a licensed nurse
    3. Depending on the area, a LPN is a good career to have; however, if you want flexibility and you desire to educate, etc; then becoming a bachelor degree-prepared RN is something to consider as a career goal; I was a LPN for seven years and became licensed as a RN with a BSN last year for that reason

    4. In reality; it's very difficult to find a job; not impossible; I enjoyed being an LPN, but wanted to do more interns of career flexibility, as stated in answer # 3.

    Best wishes on what you decide.
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  5. Visit  ixchel profile page
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    My local hospital just fired all of the LPNs. It's the only hospital here. The LPNs can find work in LTC, usually, and I think home health. It's possible to get a job, but hard. Makes me glad I skipped LPN and went straight for RN. Can't imagine graduating and getting licensed, only to be limited to basically geriatrics.
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  6. Visit  akanini profile page
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    1. Is it true that they are almost completely phased out of hospitals........ YES, HERE IN NEW YORK CITY.....YOU WON'T GET A JOB AS A LPN IN THE HOSPITAL UNLESS YOU'RE LUCKY!!!!
    2. is it true that CNAs and medical assistants are going to do an LPNs job in the future....... IMPOSSIBLE. CNA'S AND MA CAN'T GIVE MEDICATION LEGALLY
    3. Is going to be an LPN even worth it. Would it be a good job to stay with for the rest of my life .......YES, IF BECOMING AN LPN IS YOUR SELF-ACTUALIZATION, YOU WILL A JOB. IT MAY NOT BE WHAT YOU LIKE BECAUSE BECOMING AN RN HAS MORE OPPORTUNITIES.
    4. would it be hard to find a job as an LPN if I became one. Is being an LPN that great. Is it just a waste of time. I HAD GREAT EXPERIENCES AS AN LPN. I GOT A JOB IN A NURSING HOME RIGHT AWAY AND LEARNED SO MUCH ABOUT GERIATRICS. YOUR QUESTION ASKS WOULD IT BE A GOOD JOB TO STAY IN FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE MAKES ME LAUGH.............I KNOW I WOULD RATHER BE AN LPN THAN A CNA FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE!!! WHY? MORE OPPORTUNITY.

    I'm an RN now and my mom was an LPN before becoming an RN. I asked her once about LPN's becoming phased out...Her response was, "They have been saying that from before you were born!"...........lol...I'm 35 years old now....Go figure!!
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  7. Visit  OrganizedChaos profile page
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    Quote from mcclot1993
    1. Is it true that they are almost completely phased out of hospitals
    2. is it true that CNAs and medical assistants are going to do an LPNs job in the future
    3. Is going to be an LPN even worth it. Would it be a good job to stay with for the rest of my life
    4. would it be hard to find a job as an LPN if I became one. Is being an LPN that great. Is it just a waste of time. I am a CNA right now I was going to upgrade to LPN atleast but is it worth it.
    1. In bigger cities, yes but here where I live they still employ LVNs but they want you to have hospital experience.
    2. No. CNAs do CNA jobs & MAs do MA jobs.
    3. I have been an LVN for almost 4 years & because the scope of practice is so limited & we can only work in so many places I am planning on going back to get my RN soon. But in the end it is your choice.
    4. I love being an LVN & can't imagine doing anything else. There are still jobs for LVNs out there, you just have to be persistent.
    prettymica likes this.
  8. Visit  TheCommuter profile page
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    Quote from mcclot1993
    1. Is it true that they are almost completely phased out of hospitals
    The answer to this question depends on the geographic location. LPNs/LVNs are still very much utilized in rural hospitals, but facilities in many of the major cities in the US have stopped hiring them.
    Quote from mcclot1993
    2. is it true that CNAs and medical assistants are going to do an LPNs job in the future
    CNAs and medical assistants are not licensed nurses (LPN or RN), and therefore, cannot assume all the roles and responsibilities of licensed nurses.
    Quote from mcclot1993
    3. Is going to be an LPN even worth it. Would it be a good job to stay with for the rest of my life
    If you are happy and content with out-of-hospital employment (clinics, nursing homes, home health, hospice, private duty, psych, rehab, subacute, etc.), then the LPN would be worth it.
    Quote from mcclot1993
    4. would it be hard to find a job as an LPN if I became one. Is being an LPN that great. Is it just a waste of time. I am a CNA right now I was going to upgrade to LPN atleast but is it worth it.
    Ease of finding a job depends on your geographic location. If you were in rural Arkansas or Oklahoma, you could find an LPN job on the same day you applied. But if you are in a glutted area (San Francisco, NYC, etc.), finding an LPN job might be hard.
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  9. Visit  mcclot1993 profile page
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    Everyone I talked to all said skip your the LPN and go for the RN. They said for one a lot of hospitals no longer hire LPNs and said that cnas and medical assistants are doing LPN jobs more and more and will eventually replace them. There is not even that many lPN schools around anymore I don't think. I would really like to be an RN someday.
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  10. Visit  caliotter3 profile page
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    In my experience some people have been able to maintain themselves as an LPN while others have not. I would never advise someone to go the LPN/LVN route with the thought of it being a terminal career choice. As a minimum, I advise anyone interested in nursing to pursue a BSN and to get the RN license in order to have a better chance at obtaining and maintaining employment. With that as a goal, it may be wise to get an LPN license in order to better one's chance at RN school admission, but even that opportunity is becoming limited in some areas. You have to do informed investigation in the area where you intend to make a living at nursing.
    tokmom and AZ_LPN_8_26_13 like this.
  11. Visit  traumaRUs profile page
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    As others have pointed out, LPN is a limited position. Where I live, no hospital hires LPNs. Nursing homes do. However most people find as they age, that they want more opportunities. The best route to that, is more education.
    sharpeimom, HazelLPN, NRSKarenRN, and 1 other like this.
  12. Visit  MendedHeart profile page
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    Quote from akanini
    1. Is it true that they are almost completely phased out of hospitals........ YES, HERE IN NEW YORK CITY.....YOU WON'T GET A JOB AS A LPN IN THE HOSPITAL UNLESS YOU'RE LUCKY!!!!
    2. is it true that CNAs and medical assistants are going to do an LPNs job in the future....... IMPOSSIBLE. CNA'S AND MA CAN'T GIVE MEDICATION LEGALLY
    3. Is going to be an LPN even worth it. Would it be a good job to stay with for the rest of my life .......YES, IF BECOMING AN LPN IS YOUR SELF-ACTUALIZATION, YOU WILL A JOB. IT MAY NOT BE WHAT YOU LIKE BECAUSE BECOMING AN RN HAS MORE OPPORTUNITIES.
    4. would it be hard to find a job as an LPN if I became one. Is being an LPN that great. Is it just a waste of time. I HAD GREAT EXPERIENCES AS AN LPN. I GOT A JOB IN A NURSING HOME RIGHT AWAY AND LEARNED SO MUCH ABOUT GERIATRICS. YOUR QUESTION ASKS WOULD IT BE A GOOD JOB TO STAY IN FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE MAKES ME LAUGH.............I KNOW I WOULD RATHER BE AN LPN THAN A CNA FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE!!! WHY? MORE OPPORTUNITY.

    I'm an RN now and my mom was an LPN before becoming an RN. I asked her once about LPN's becoming phased out...Her response was, "They have been saying that from before you were born!"...........lol...I'm 35 years old now....Go figure!!
    This actually depends on the state. Here in NC, CNAs can LEGALLY give medications, insulin, change dressings, ostomy care etc.. The CNA must however take a Medication Administration test to get certified as Med Tech through the Dept. Of health and human services or Facility services. I did this almost 10 years ago for several years. This also only applies to Assisted Livings(LTC) and group homes ONLY.
    Last edit by MendedHeart on Nov 3, '13
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  13. Visit  mluvsgnc profile page
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    1. Is it true that they are almost completely phased out of hospitals
    2. is it true that CNAs and medical assistants are going to do an LPNs job in the future
    3. Is going to be an LPN even worth it. Would it be a good job to stay with for the rest of my life
    4. would it be hard to find a job as an LPN if I became one. Is being an LPN that great. Is it just a waste of time. I am a CNA right now I was going to upgrade to LPN atleast but is it worth it.

    1) Yes, at least in WA state. There are even some HMOs who use MAs instead of LPNs (man, that's a lot of abbreviations!).

    2) I have not heard this. A CNAs scope is limited to ADLs, vital signs, maybe glucose checks (that need to be reported and verified by an RN). LPN/LVNs are used mostly in HH and LTC facilities. MAs are used more than LPNs in outpatient clinics (they do the same thing, but the employer can pay an MA less than an LPN).

    3) If your long term goals don't include working in a major hospital, and you are open to working LTC or HH, then LPN is a great career move, as it gives you a chance for higher pay.

    4) Research you area for LPN jobs. Go to indeed.com, careeralerter.com, getmejobs.com, etc. to see who is hiring LPNs in your area. You can also get job notifications from these websites that match your criteria. Personally, I always think it's worth it to "upgrade," as the standards being set get higher and higher.
    tokmom likes this.
  14. Visit  ixchel profile page
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    Quote from mcclot1993
    Everyone I talked to all said skip your the LPN and go for the RN. They said for one a lot of hospitals no longer hire LPNs and said that cnas and medical assistants are doing LPN jobs more and more and will eventually replace them. There is not even that many lPN schools around anymore I don't think. I would really like to be an RN someday.
    I imagine this is largely dictated state by state. Where I am, a CNA goes to a class for 6 weeks to learn how to be respectful, take vitals, and do ADLs for people. That's it. LPNs are in school (real school) for a year learning the nursing process and how to do skills. In terms of function, the difference between LPN and RN is delegation, push meds, assessments, and ability to move up the ladder. A CNA not only lacks the skills to perform an LPNs job, but she/he also lacks the education for it. I don't mean that in an insulting way by any means. CNAs are worth their weight in gold. I truly believe that. But to believe a CNA will perform the job of an LPN is to assume the year (plus) of education they go through to get licensed was pointless and did not increase their knowledge base beyond that which they could have obtained in a 6-week CNA course learning to properly wash hands and give a bed bath.
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