I understand why people go the LPN route - page 3

by downsouthlaff 7,875 Views | 41 Comments

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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    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.
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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.
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    This is the same reason I did LPN too. I don't regret it at all.
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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.
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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
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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.
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    Dear Downsouthlaff:

    First of all, I would like to say I encourage you to do what you feel is BEST for you. I get sooooooooo irritated when society acts as if a LVN/LPN is not a nurse or as if those programs are not worth pursuing. I too, went the LVN route due to similar reasons. It was easier for me to stair-step my way through school since I had to put myself through school. I worked as a certified nurse aide & certified medication aide in longterm care for 6 years before completing a vocational nursing program. As a LVN, I gained a vast amount of knowledge and experience in geriatrics (which is our largest patient population in and out of the hospital), psychiatric nursing, and I have worked in every area under the medical-surgical nursing division. The 6.5 years working as a LVN were PRICELESS. I had experience as a fulltime hospital staff nurse, agency nurse, and longterm care nurse. There are skills and thought processes you will gain as a LVN that will benefit you tremendously as an RN. vocational nurses usually have impeccable hands on skills. When I completed my BSN, I didn't necessarily have to focus on learning patient care and figuring out my time management....I already had this is place. I was able to transition into critical care and progress very quickly in learning how to function as a RN.......I wouldn't trade it for anything. As long as there are sick people; there will be a need for ALL types of nurses. You have to make the decisions that are right for you; and not based off of what "the latest talk is about." I feel nursing as a profession should stop being so divided.....it is very common to hear talk about getting rid of LVNs or wanting all nurses in the hospital to BSN based..........I say, "Enough Already." We should be focused on encouraging others to join the profession. However, to each its own. If you desire to gain your RN, then do that; but if you have a plan on how to get there and still be in the field....then go for it! Male nurses are needed in all phases of nursing.

    Best Regards in all of your future endeavors!!
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    Sounds like you're trying to justify your own choices to allnurses readers!!! I say stop worrying about what others think, and go do what you need to do. I worked as a CNA in a LTC, now I work in a hospital. I am in RN school. RNs (and LPNs) have SO much responsibility when it comes to patient care. I don't blame you one bit for wanting to go LPN. You can be done in 12 months, then work on the rest of the college classes for an RN bridge program. In my neck of the woods, there are definitely jobs for LPNs. Most are in LTC...but having worked in both environments, LTC definitely has some good things going for it. I personally do not think the care hospital patients receive is any better than in LTC. Both systems have there ups and downs.
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    You know when I was in my LPN program every single one of my instructors had said that when the time comes that they or a loved one would need an RN they want one that worked as an LPN first. They said hands down they make better rounded nurses. You get more variety of experience than someone that would just come straight out of RN school.

    I also will say that it is my experience that the LPN's that worked as a CNA first also make better LPN's! You will be awesome no matter what level of education you are at because you will be giving yourself the time in between to gain those unique skills required by working each job as you go that you would otherwise be deprived of going straight through for your RN.

    LTC is changing rapidly. With the increasing cuts to medicare you can bet more and more facilities are going to be adding in rehab units like where I am at right now. I do everything the RN's do except No TPN, No starting IV's, no changing IV dressings, no blood draws through a PICC or Port. Everything else I not only am "allowed" to do I am darn good at and am expected to do.

    When I first got started on this ladder there were a lot of people that made me feel as if I wouldn't be a "real nurse" unless I got my RN and if I were an LPN all I would be is a "glorified pill pusher". I no longer can be made to feel as if I am "less than" any other nurse. RN or not. If my own personal health were not part of my personal equation I wouldn't even be considering the bridge program and would just be staying right here on the front lines doing all the hands on REAL nursing rather than the paper pushers that the RN's in the LTC setting really are forced to be. They have no time left after all the computer and paperwork to really do much if any hands on nursing.
    It is actually a joke in our facility when an RN is forced to "work the floor" because an LPN called off and no one else can stay late or come in, get pulled or whatever. No lie, it takes TWO if them just to get med pass done and they "can't possibly manage" to get treatments or charting done too! God FORBID if something is "wrong" and we then need an SBAR, incident reports etc. That is all left for whatever LPN they can get to come in and finish the shift for them! But WE are to do it all, do it perfectly, and do it in the time they give us. Hmm No, I will never be made to feel as if an RN is a better or more important nurse than I am ever again.
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    Thank you all for the replies! Good helpful information. Now I will say that where I live there is a ginormous pay gap in LPN and RN salary! And LPNs really do not work in hospitals anymore much here. But none of that really matters now. LPNs still have LTC, they shot ill have LTAC, Still have corrections, Psych and Drug Addiction, Mental Health. The LPN sandy in my area ranges from about 13 to 23 dollars an hour. The RN salary ranges from about 27-40 dollars per hour. But it rally doesn't matter to me. RNs earn it I guess you can say. Commuting 2-3 years busting there rear just go get into nursing school. Where as LPNs go straight to nursing school. But I really don't care 14-23 dollars an hour working in the nursing home sounds fine to me. And yes EMTs are very underpaid for the work we do. And so paremedi a for the liabilty on them. A Paramedic can consider it a luxury heard if he/she makes it to 16 dollars an hour. But thanks all and I understand that LPNs are nurses too, just Nurses who have a different role than Registred Nurses in the healthcare field.LPNs in my opinion in most places are becoming theStable Long Term Care Nurses, where as RNs are the Critical/Acute Care Nurses i guess that's kinda the route nursing is taking, wich is fine by me because I love long term care nursing homes. Thanks all for the replies. I will be going back to my local vo tech when the Practical Nursing program starts in August!! Thanks!!
    DeVonna32RN-BSN likes this.


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