I almost have my RN and have been an LPN for 33 years. I have been doing case management for the last 7 years and now am accepting a position as a director of nursing in a personal care facility. I also hold a BA degree. I make 70,000 a year with bonuses. If your an LPN do not think your experience is insignificant to a degree.... Rns have deeper education but bedside nursing experience translates into huge assessment skills, LPNs take first merit in this arena... I have advanced knowledge in A and P and micro B from my RN classes but the core nursing stuff I already know for the most part. LPNs, DO Not be afraid to go back to school ! I am 50 and an honors student ! Being a nurse is what I do with the knowledge I have been given and how well I can assess and nursing diagnose my patients... I am a medical detective. I search for the clues and i find a way to solve the medical riddles.
Taking Pathophysiology and advanced Pharmacolgy really does help me see things better.. The care plans
are in my head from diagnosis to interventions to outcomes.... LPNs are diploma RNs now without the title.... Im blessed to have come this far after 33 years of many nursing experiences.. ICU to home care... Ive done it all... Its been an honor to serve the sick. Now Ive been given a place of leadership and only hope I can take all that I have learned and direct it towards building a great team of nurses which will allow patients to receive the best care possible...
TRULY, I am a very blessed LPN... almost RN, but always an LPN in my heart !