I understand why people go the LPN route - page 2

by downsouthlaff

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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 to enroll in a nursing program... Read More


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    You have a plan...that's all that matters. I was an LPN for 24 years before becoming an RN. I was working in a hospital and economic changes that overflowed into the workplace forced me back into school. Otherwise, I would still be an LPN. My base at the time was $28/hr as a float nurse and I was ver happy with that. But as changes took center stage, I had to make a career move......same as you're doing now. No matter what your plan A is, always keep plan B within reach and plans C & D within striking distance. Good luck to you!
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    Quote from TheCommuter
    I worked as an LVN for 4 years before earning my RN license and, at this time, I have no regrets for taking the route that worked out for me.

    There's nothing wrong with being an LPN/LVN. It is a role that offers decent pay, flexible scheduling, good healthcare experience, and a route to bridge over to the RN licensure.

    I lived very comfortably on the money I was earning as an LVN charge nurse in a nursing home while attending an RN bridge program, and was able to keep my student loan debt to a minimum because I worked full time while going to school.
    Did you go to school m-f or on select days and how did you set your work schedule?
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    I am currently in a BSN program and do ask my preceptors about where they went to school, etc just to get an idea of how they came through the ranks. It is interesting that some of the best preceptors that I have had started out as CNA's. One in particular started as a CNA, then did an LPN program, did the LPN-RN bridge and is currently in a RN-BSN program. And she is WONDERFUL! There was another preceptor that had traveled the same route and it now earning her masters. Everyone has a path to travel, each is different... a person's path to their is goal is of no difference to the patient. It is awesome that you are furthering your education.
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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....
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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