Hi all, just trying to get a feel (as I am waiting to find out if I am accepted into the LPN Program at school) as to how many of you are satisfied being an LPN. Do you enjoy your job? Do you plan on remaining an LPN or going on for the RN? What fields do you work in?
Many thanks for your replies and blessings to all!
Mar 11, '07
I am new to the field as well, but I can say that I would not continue to pursue the RN. I took a great deal of time studying myself and while I am the type that does take initiative, I do not wish to deal with the stress that the RNs are encountering. I do like being an LPN, because I just wanted to be a NURSE...and was never interested in being loaded down with more than basic information. I do continue to study things as I come across them, however, I don't have the stress of trying to learn something to make the grade, or to totally make decisions alone. I am more interested in working with the patients directly, so, administrative and management positions would not interest me. Thus far, I have had many opportunities to work in interesting places. I work for two agencies, one in home care and another where I go to army bases to give vaccinations. My main position is working in a clinic. I enjoy that, but the politics and pettiness between nurses tick me off. I get paid more in home care than I do elsewhere, so, I see me branching off there.
What usually happens is once an LPN is working CLOSER to the RN and sharing more duties, it gives most of them the incentive to go further. And, for many, depending on where they live, or what type of work they prefer do feel limited. Some LPNs feel that they are not respected as nurses, yet, do a similar job to the RN thus, seek financial compensation for this, and I don't blame them...I just know that entering into any other nursing school is not for ME. You'll be able to make that decision for yourself if and when you complete an LPN program, and there are so many ways to obtain your RN if you desire. There are bridge programs, on line programs, and there is private school. Best wishes on launching your career!
Last edit by pagandeva2000 on Mar 11, '07