Is being an LPN REALLY that bad? - page 2

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... Read More

  1. by   systoly
    Quote from jjic3982
    wait referral bonus? And a grand? wow what is up with that? Is your facility in need of many LPNs? Where do you live, if you don't mind me asking?
    I sent you a PM.
  2. by   dlehrmann1
    I have been an LPN for over 6 years and have worked anything from LTC, long-term, med-surg, Alzheimers, Skilled Nursing facilities, and hospice. I applied for the RN program at the same time and missed the gpa pool by .2 points. So, when I was accepted into the LPN program, i took it. I have considered going back many times for my RN, but I may just skip it all together, if I can, and go for my PA. Some new RN's do come in with a big head, so to speak, but all nurses need to realize that you can be book smart after years of school, but it takes years of experience to develop common sense and be able to apply it.
    I also recently moved to the Houston area and have had the hardest time finding a job. Can anyone tell me what I am doing wrong here? I have actually been hired by Healthsouth and have YET to begin working. It has been almost a month out of work and it is catching up to me and so are the bills. I have signed up with a staffing agency, but their shifts are few and far between. Help me out if you have any advice. Thanks!!
  3. by   CLUVRN
    There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with being an LPN as a career or stepping stone to RN. I personally have zero desire to be an RN; more headache than what it's worth to me. I have had a very fulfilling career as an LPN so far; I've been in home health/private duty/hospice nursing since I got my license and am content where I am. To each his own, I guess.
  4. by   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)
  5. by   jjic3982
    cplpn25, do you work in LTC?
  6. by   mtistoi
    I absolutely think I made the right choice for me. It's not what other people think, it's what you want out of a career that counts. For me, I made the choice because of my age (older) and the fact that there was a 2-yr waiting list to get into RN school. If I had been 10 years younger I might have considered it but in hindsight, I think LPN is a great career in and of itself and certainly doesn't have to be a stepping stone if it's where you want to be. I am doing a lot of the same things an RN would do, with many similar responsibilities in the position of charge nurse. There are still things we can't legally do but I am nosy enough to ask any RN to show me how to do something that interests me, even if I don't get the opportunity to physically do it myself. I work hard and I have fun on the job and the pay is adequate. It's a different career choice from RN but nothing I feel the need to apologize for or make excuses for. Go for it!
  7. by   momtojosh
    OMG..i was going to post something like this i wil just post here...

    I have been a LPN going on 3 yrs now,I like(not love) my job,i only choose to work PT,but can get 40 plus if i wanted. the pay is good and benefits are even better....the problem is,that most of the time i dont feel like a nurse...i work in a house with 12 mentally/physically/medically frail individuals....there is ALOT of lifting and heavy work...i use hoyers as much as possible...I HURT!!...i dont think i could ever work fulltime there as my body couldnt take it....i am not old,but i am no spring chicken either...48 to be exact...i can work circles around some of these youngsters...thats another story...we do it all....even their laundry...the staff consist of mostly LPNs,a couple of direct care...but we all do the same thing...except the direct care doesnt give shots or do the gtube meds,or wound care when we have that...but they do pass PO meds...some...

    i did my pre regs a year ago and now i am working on A& Ps...i wanted to go back to school for RN but now i dont know....i have no life...i am ALWAYS studyin...i feel like i am always tense...and this is only from ONE class! whats it going to be like when i am in the program...

    recently my daughter expressed an interest in going back to college...she has a 20 mo old,she wrks 4 days a week now as a cook in a dinner,she does like it..but she is lookin toward her familys future....she lives right up the road and she will need childcare while she is in school and her husband is this point in time,I would much rather take a break and support her going...i already have an AAS in earlychildhood from my college days and now the LPN license.....its my childrens turn..

    sorry if i rambled,just trying to sort things out....
  8. by   mtistoi
    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.
  9. by   bsveillon
    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?
  10. by   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
  11. by   mtistoi
    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.
  12. by   emt2lpn2
    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.
  13. by   bsveillon
    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