Is being an LPN REALLY that bad? - page 3

It seems like people frown upon LPN's....always saying "Just become an RN." I thought becoming an LPN was a good career choice...other people don't seem to think so though o_O So for all the LPN's out there, do you enjoy your... Read More

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    sounds like you're just in the wrong facility as far as the amount of physically taxing work. At least the pay and benefits are good. I know what you mean about giving your daughter the chance to get ahead as well; it can make decisions harder for you. Perhaps if you do take a break and babysit for her you could also consider doing an LPN-to-RN course online evenings and weekends or something like that.
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    There is nothing wrong with it. Just expect to encounter criticism from MDs and RNs and especially APRNs. But, for the most part, it's fine. As for folks that suggest you go to be an RN, well I think we all know people who did that with us when we were in school. First off, most people know that RNs get paid more money. Also, I think the general public has the perception that an LPN is a glorified CNA. There's nothing wrong with CNAs, but we are NOT CNAs.

    I've had the experience, I would rather work with older RNs. They've shown more respect than NEW, YOUNGER ones. Like the one the other day, who JUST got her RN license and for some reason was under the perception that all RNs were required to do was "Sit down and delegate to the LPNs". She said that's what they told her in nursing school. This was also the same charming little girl who, because she could not remember my name, kept referring to me as "Tech School Nurse" Charming, isn't it?
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    You need to let her know that your name is not "tech school nurse." I find that outrageously rude.
    Even though I'm not a LVN
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    I think it helps to have a thick skin. If you show by actions that you know what you are doing and what you are talking about, why wouldn't they develop respect for you? Sometimes the extra training of an RN matters a great deal, and we respect them for that, but sometimes the greater PRACTICAL experience of an LPN is much handier, so I think there is definitely a place for both professions. We aren't competing; we are different. We do what we do best and they do what they do best, all to the greater good of the patient. It isn't about us and whether or not we feel insulted. We are to do our jobs and do the best we can for the patient/resident, respecting each other and our strengths.
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    I have been an Lpn for 13 months and where I work I am the go-to person. Maybe because I have emergency care experience also but they trust me. Im also bridging into my Rn now, as I planned to do not because no one told me to go back to school this was my plan or wait on a waiting list for Rn school forever. But as an LPN I am not hindered in by my title I am always taking classes about nursing, going to seminars, and reading articles, so I can stay on top of my game. I work with alot of Rn's and they ask me questions,they never belittle me, or question me decisions. Maybe because I make myself unstoppable and very educated. At the end of the day it's not about your title because regardless if you are a Rn,Dr,aide,cma,LPN,emt,Np,medic etc, at the end of the day with new technology it's about what you know now and what you are continuing to learn or you will be replaced with someone who is more advanced and knowledgeable than you.
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    Quote from jjic3982
    You need to let her know that your name is not "tech school nurse." I find that outrageously rude.
    Even though I'm not a LVN
    LOL believe me, it was straightened out very quickly. lol
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    Quote from jjic3982
    i have heard that houston has started to have more lvn's moving in. back then texas was the place to find jobs as lvn's, but as the years went by, lvn's started to move to texas (especially california).
    i checked to see if this was true, and it seems like most lvn jobs there needs 1 year experience now.

    but keep on looking, i'm sure it's not as bad as california! (we have too many lvn schools here)
    i have checked the want ads for my area (upstate ny) and 1 year experience is also preferred here too. but i signed up to volunteer for hospice and after i get my lpn licensure i can get some hands-on experience. also, while in school for 10 months i will do other tasks. i think this should help a litlle. however, if i can find a job after licensure i want to work a bit to pay my loan off and then go back to school for a b.s. (on a part-time basis!) if i can .
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    I love being an LPN, I work under RN's, they handle all admissions, and acute assessments, most incidents ect.. I make 49,000 a year, great FREE insurance and vacation/ comp time/sick pay -- all very generous.... ) and love my job most days. Not bad for ONE year of LPN school. - which has long been paid for.
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    I'm very happy to be an LPN...but will go back to school to obtain a BScN. Not because I don't enjoy being an LPN, but because I love education, I love learning and want to continue. No one in my famil has a degree and I would love to start and show my children that a good education is paramount.

    I actually have a ton of opportunity as an LPN in BC, Canada. Paid training opportunities to work as an OR nurse, Hemodialysis nurse, mental health, etc. We are highly utilized in acute care, which I understand is not the way in most of the USA.

    I could stay an LPN and be very happy, have a stable, well paying job. ($25.50/hour plus differentials and 100% employer paid benefits). Learn a specialty. No regrets here.

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    Quote from jjic3982
    cplpn25, do you work in LTC?
    Sorry for the delayed response. No, I've never worked LTC. When I graduated in 09, there weren't any nursing homes in my area that was hiring new grads. They all wanted that magical 'one year of experience'. I was extremely frustrated, so I decided to do private duty to get my foot in the door. Signed up with a bunch of agencies and registries, which eventually lead me into medicare home health, which I've been doing ever since. Eventually, I'd like to work LTC because it looks good on the resume, to have experience in different areas of nursing. Perhaps I'll take an LTC gig per diem, we'll see.

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