I understand why people go the LPN route - page 2

Well, I'm tired of living the way I'm living working as a CNA and EMT never having anytime off breaking my back and getting nowhere still not cracking 10 dollars per hour in either job. I've decided... Read More

  1. Visit  BrandonLPN profile page
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    Being a LPN first is working out for me.

    If you look in the right places, there isn't that big of a gap between LPN wages and RN wages.

    And by a LPN allows one to peruse RN at their leisure. I can't imagine trying to go through RN school making aide/tech wages....
  2. Visit  Marshall1 profile page
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    As an LPN working in home care, LTC, hospice or for the Feds seems, at least where I live and the LPN's I know, to pay well. So it would be something short term in getting you more money, better working conditions (i.e. possibly not having to work 2 jobs). You can decide then as to go on or not. One thing, again I can only speak to the area I live, nursing schools are full and the wait lists are long at most places..I'm also not sure how flexible the RN program would be vs the LPN. When I went it was M-F, I worked weekends but was able to because I lived at home/wasn't married. You have to obviously decide for yourself but in my humble opinion and w/the job market being as saturated as it is w/new grads and jobs tough to get, LPN seems the more reasonable/fast way to go...regardless..good for you for wanting to move onto something else. You will do fine in school Good luck.
  3. Visit  nervousnurse profile page
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    I just want to say GOOD for you, and I'm excited for you to get your LPN! I also wanted to let you know that it makes me SO MAD how much they underpay EMTs!!! (and CNA's too!) Many, many years ago, I started as an aide in an Emergency Room......once I heard how LITTLE they pay EMTs/Paramedics, I was shocked. You are the *first* ones on the scene who are stabilizing someone at some of the most CRITICAL/ LIFE-THREATENING events of their lives, and it honestly INFURIATES me that they don't pay you more!!!

    I'm glad you like LTC, and you sound like you will make an excellent LPN!
    downsouthlaff likes this.
  4. Visit  LadyFree28 profile page
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    Quote from ECBui

    YIKES. That salary is INSANE. When I worked as a CNA for two years I was getting $15-17/hr. But I do agree the LVN/LPN route is a great choice. You work with RNs and the rest of the medical field as an LVN and get to see and experience different aspects of nursing. YOU ARE HEADED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION!
    ^ I second THIS!!!

    As a LPN, now a RN...my experience in Pediatrics for seven years did play a factor, although I am a new grad.

    I also enjoyed working in a Rehab Hospital working with trauma pts, trach/vent nursing, wound care, orthopedic surgeons and cast room. There are endless opportunities to be a LPN...even when there is talk of "phasing out," there are still ways to work and gain WONDERFUL experience.

    I am grateful of my years of being a LPN, but I wanted to be able to be certified in the specialties I worked in, as well as have more flexibility in my scope; so I went back to school after 5 years of being a LPN and choose an accelerated degree part time program while I worked in a medical daycare (also called an Pediatric extended care facility).

    I was able to land a job as a PICU nurse a a new grad. After my first year, I will have the salary of a 4-year RN due to my facility's clinical ladder model-1 yr of LPN experience is equivalent to 0.5 yr of a RN-so the perks of being a LPN in terms if salary are a plus too when you transition, in addition to the knowledge you will be able to build on.
  5. Visit  LadyFree28 profile page
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    Quote from BrandonLPN
    I can't imagine trying to go through RN school making aide/tech wages....
    ^I did the first time; in addition having test anxiety-YIKES!!! :yikes:

    I then went the PN route. It was an improvement on focusing on the nursing aspects, critical thinking, knowledge of scopes, art and science of nursing skills. VERY supportive in leaning test taking skills, coping, and anything in between. Much more prepared when entering a BSN program, especially when the subjects and the scope expansion are increased...my mind expanded to fit on the LPN base.
  6. Visit  TheCommuter profile page
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    Quote from brown eyed girl
    Did you go to school m-f or on select days and how did you set your work schedule?
    I worked 32 hour weekend doubles as an LVN in a nursing home while attending an RN bridge program. My work schedule consisted of 16-hour shifts every Saturday and Sunday, which enabled me to have Monday through Friday off to focus on school.

    I attended school (RN completion program) every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Tuesdays and Thursdays were the classroom days from 1pm to 5pm, while the 8-hour clinical shift took place every Wednesday.
  7. Visit  AZMOMO2 profile page
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    I worked as an LPN for 2.5 years and recently finished RN and I recommend it! Everyone has their reasons for choosing the path that they do. It's your choice and yes, making a better living is a great benefit.
    LadyFree28 likes this.
  8. Visit  beckyboo1 profile page
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    Quote from ECBui
    YIKES. That salary is INSANE. When I worked as a CNA for two years I was getting $15-17/hr. But I do agree the LVN/LPN route is a great choice. You work with RNs and the rest of the medical field as an LVN and get to see and experience different aspects of nursing. YOU ARE HEADED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION!
    ECBui, where do you live? In MO, LPNs make $15-18 an hour, or at least around here. CNAs don't make anywhere near that.
    downsouthlaff likes this.
  9. Visit  SCSTxRN profile page
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    I'm a (straight to) RN - I was a career changer. My 17 year old just finished his CNA, and I've offered to pay for LVN school for him, but refuse to contribute to RN school.

    I use the same logic as stated above - decent living, one year (or 18 month) program, flexible scheduling, bridge to RN later... etc. I think it's awesome.

    If I were doing it from the beginning, I would have done LVN right out of high school.
    LadyFree28 likes this.
  10. Visit  Love78 profile page
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    This is the same reason I did LPN too. I don't regret it at all.
  11. Visit  proud nurse profile page
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    Being an LPN before getting my RN was a smart move, for several reasons besides pay. I stayed an LPN for longer than I intended to, but it's still one of the best things I've ever done.
    LadyFree28 likes this.
  12. Visit  katiescow profile page
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    Your totally right!! I graduate may 31st of this year with my LPN and already am getting jobs/interviews lined up. & really there's more opportunities than people realize. Some places these days hire more LPN's then RN's because it's cheaper for them but the LPN has many similar responsibilities as the RN & eventually if you do decide to go on for your RN you've already got this schooling done and have a good foundation for the rest. Not to mention there are bridge programs with universities that you can get your RN just a year or two after your LPN
  13. Visit  mappers profile page
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    I teach in an LPN program and have learned so much from the LPNs who help me with my students (I'm an RN.) What LPNs do in LTC is tremendously valuable and I have the utmost respect for them. As our society ages, we will need more people willing to dedicate themselves to the care of the elderly.
    LadyFree28, ILoveSpring&Fall, and LTCNS like this.

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