Is being an LPN REALLY that bad? - page 4

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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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    I am a retired LPN, having spent the majority of my time in critical care. In my day, an LPN could work anywhere. The difference between RN and LPN was mainly administrative. RNs trained to be charge nurses, nursing supervisors, head nurses. Clinically, there was no difference (at my school) what the PN and RN students learned. We trained for the first two years together, and the RN students trained one additional year to learn the administrative roles.

    That was back in the 1950s, and nurses in general didn't do nearly as much as we do now. For me, being an LPN was a good career choice because I never cared about the administrative roles. I wanted to be a nurse who took care of the patients. Period. Plus, I married well and didn't need the extra money.

    If I was starting my career today, however, I would get my BSN and skip the LPN. In many areas, LPNs have fewer career options than RNs do. Even where I worked, all but one of the LPNs in the critical care unit were verteran nurses, and they generally did not hire new grad LPNs except if that person had some sort of "in" (they hired their unit clerk) or was in school to get their RN.

    If you are happy working in areas like primary care or LTC, I suppose getting your LPN is fine. That would never be fine with me. I loved my job in the ICUs, and these days, 99% of the time, these jobs now require you to have your RN. I was able to remain because my nurse manager was supportive of her veteran LPNs and our scope in my state and hospital was very similar to that of an RN. This is not the case in many places, as many veteran LPNs in acute care are losing their jobs to help greedy big business save a buck. Don't believe the crap of "people are sicker and need an RN", its rhetoric based on poorly designed and biased research. Its a matter of cash , pure and simple.

    Best to you,
    Mrs. H

    Best to you,
    Mrs H.
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    I know this thread is old, but I just wanted to share something I saw on a social network.

    I saw a few stna's (cna's) bashing the LPN's at their jobs..saying that basically, they were just nurse aide's that got better pay, and were not important...and other really mean things. It kind of made me feel bad because I'm trying to get into an LPN program. I have a baby, finally getting ready to start my nurse aide training, and I'm just ready to move out of my mom's house and support my child on my own. But people are making me feel bad all over again because of my career choice. I just feel as if I don't have time right now to commit to an RN program, and I actually really want to be an LPN.
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    Quote from hopefullyfuturenurse
    I know this thread is old, but I just wanted to share something I saw on a social network.

    I saw a few stna's (cna's) bashing the LPN's at their jobs..saying that basically, they were just nurse aide's that got better pay, and were not important...and other really mean things. It kind of made me feel bad because I'm trying to get into an LPN program. I have a baby, finally getting ready to start my nurse aide training, and I'm just ready to move out of my mom's house and support my child on my own. But people are making me feel bad all over again because of my career choice. I just feel as if I don't have time right now to commit to an RN program, and I actually really want to be an LPN.
    The commitment is not that much more for a better pay-off. Hazellpn is right. Unless this thread is just another one where I wish I could find the dead horse icon.
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    I've been an LPN for 15yrs. I do have the desire to go on for my RN but as far as being an LPN goes I am content for the most part. There really isn't too many things an RN can do that I can't. In the state I live in (Indiana) an LPN can do almost any procedure as long as they have been educated (inserviced or shown) on how to do it. I cannot hang blood or do an IV push but just about everything else is allowed.

    The only things that makes me want to go back to school for an RN is the money and a better understanding of disease processes and what lab values mean. While my assessment skills are good, they would definately be improved with a deeper understanding as I could attain with more schooling.

    There is nothing wrong with being an LPN. For me it was the only nursing option available to me when I went to nursing school as there were no schools locally offering the RN degree. And because it took only a year of schooling, it was a quick way to get the education I needed to obtain employment and get off of the welfare system I had been on. I would never discourage anyone from going for the LPN. I have made a decent living. No regrets here.
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    Being an LPN is great, IMO. I am an LPN and I make OVER 60K a year and that's working only 4 days a week (in NY)! More important than that, I love my job. LPN's can do a lot and have a lot of responsibility. Don't let anyone tell you that LPN's are similar to CNA's. NO WAY. There's nothing wrong with being a CNA but the two are no where near the same. I am completing my RN now and that's because I ultimately want to be a Nurse Practitioner.
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    Not a thing wrong with being an LPN. Doing it myself. I'm going on for my RN. I mean, it's the same basic skill set for LPN and RN but the pay is quite a bit better as an RN. It's not a "pride" thing why I'm going on. I'm perfectly satisfied working as an LPN but one more year of online school while working as an LPN and I'll get about a $10,000 a year raise. No brainer to me.
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    Quote from hopefullyfuturenurse
    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 job? Do you think you made the right career choice?
    I have a job I love in homecare. The case I have will not hire an RN - only an LPN because the job is relatively easy. They don't want to pay for an RN - & honestly it isn't necessary. I love both my patient & her family & am very happy. & I am happy with the pay as well.
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    Quote from HazelLPN
    In many areas, LPNs have fewer career options than RNs do. Even where I worked, all but one of the LPNs in the critical care unit were verteran nurses, and they generally did not hire new grad LPNs except if that person had some sort of "in" (they hired their unit clerk) or was in school to get their RN.
    Apart from passing pills, many employers in my state treat LPNs like glorified CNAs - which is a tremendous waste of talent, IMO. One employer I worked for would not let an LPN touch anything concerning an IV even if he/she was IV certified. An RN had to go in even if all they were doing was hanging a new IV bag. I thought that was absurd.
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    In all honesty, I love all three of my jobs. Do I feel like I've made the correct career choice? Absolutely not. If I had it to do over I would study radiology. Of course, I don't have the time now as I have a big house payment and need to work these jobs in order to pay all my debts. I do love my jobs, my life, and my DH. I am a very positive person and like to surround myself with such. My co-workers are definitely a big reason why I love my job. We joke around, have fun, and it makes the day go by much faster. I used to be a believer that you shouldn't be friends with your co-workers outside of work, but I have developed several best friends.

    I guess what I am trying to say is it all depends on where you work and who you work with. I have had jobs which made me absolutely HATE being an LPN but it didn't make me want to be an RN either. It made me want to get out of nursing altogether. Now that I've gained confidence in my abilities as an LPN and have developed close friendships with my fellow co-workers, I am satisfied with my practical nursing license. Do I want more? Yes! I want to study radiology and I also wouldn't mind studying Occupational Therapy.
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