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I heard the same thing 17 years ago and as far as I know, the "rumor" is well over 20 years old. In my area clinics, hospice, home health, prisons, hospitals, etc...utilize LPNs in many ways. I think we're safe for awhile
Don't stress... They have been saying that for years yet the college is consistently changing our scope of practice and allowing LPNs to work in more acute settings. I'm currently an LPN and recently obtained a job in Cardiovascular surgery where until a few years ago no LPNs were allowed to work. As the years go on we will eventually find ourselves in more acute settings as well as in leadership roles in Long Term Care. We are a cheaper alternative to RNs and therefore just as valuable as RNs. There will always be jobs for both professionals... Good luck with School..!!
This is extremely anecdotal but in the out patient surgery center where I work we are employing more and more LVN's. Of course as a cost saving measure they are per diem (no benefits)!
I know LVN'S (and I don't think this is fair) are paid a lot less, and can do at least half if not 3/4's of the same work RN's do. I think RN's are pricing themselves out of jobs, (the term bite the hand that feeds them comes to mind).
I just trained and oriented a Certified Medication Aide, saw them destroy my residents and no one cared. Then us LPNs were given short shifts and CMA has all the full time hours. We (LPNs) had to do double the work, work scared for our residents and our ability to keep up with it all, and pray no on fell in the midst of it all. I am a seasoned nurse and gave the CMA all my knowledge and guidance and what did I get?? Replaced after being there for a year and a half! Now I cant find ajob anywhere, and I have soo tried and being older and experienced doesnt mean anything anymore
It depends on many factors where LPN's can and will work, especially in the future. I believe that the near future holds MORE possibilities for LPN's, mainly because of Medicare/ Medicaid payment and reimbursement rates. As the nursing homes and sub-acute care facilities have reduced reimbursement, they have less money. LPN's can provide safe, effective care to residents and patients at a lower rate than RN's. I do not think LPN's will be "phased out" any time soon, if ever.
I will admit, however, that LPN's are being phased out in hospitals. More rural hospitals probably employ higher rates of LPN's and that most likely will not change, other than the rural areas are going to be further out.
CMA's will also have their own place, and it is *NOT* in the job of an LPN. If the facility replaces all LPN's with CMA's, they are not going to do too well.
I am an LVN. It took me over 7 months to find a job. I had to provide Hesi scores and my transcript to my current employer. Thankfully i have a high gpa and scored over 1100 on my hesi or I doubt I would be employed now. Jobs for new grads are hard to find.
If I had known I this before I entered the LVN program I would have gone the 2yr RN route.
No hospitals hire lvn's here. Your only option is clinic work, nursing home or Dr. offices. Most won't hire a new grad.
I am an unemployed LPN I have applied for 60 jobs in a month. Recently I have recieved only 1 interview...still waiting to hear back from them. I went to my local Career Center and was told LPN's are not considered in-demand in our area yet LPN schools keep turning out LPNs. I was told Personal care techs, CNAs, and Medical assistants..etc...are now being used in place of LPNs. The advice I recieved was 1) go back to school and get my RN license (which I am somewhat scared to do as many RNs are starting to have difficulty finding employment)
2) My advisor told me she could help me "dumb down" (HER WORDS-NOT Mine) my training and resume....by getting a lessor certification to make me employable now.
So I am extemely disgusted with this due to the fact I worked hard to get my license and spent a mere 2 years in the field only to become jobless and not very employable (LPNs are used in some nursing homes and home health but the competition is fierce because so many are competing for the same jobs. So now that I am at the drawing board and having to start over, I regret the choice I made to become an LPN. However, I am only speaking to my experience and my intention is not to discourage you. Just to warn you to research your area, talk to your career center (if you haven't already), talk to friends or family in the field, and scout the jobs in your area. I sincerely hope you have a great experience in whatever you do. Good luck!