Are LPN's being phased out? - page 22
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I know people have been saying for years that everyone would need a BSN and LPN's would be a thing of the past, etc. Well, so far, where I work (a large, magnet hospital) there are still many, many nurses without a BSN -but there... Read More
- 1Jul 29, '12 by nursel56 GuideQuote from realnursealso/LPNI first heard the phase-out talk in 1976. Enough time for our deceased equine friends to be abused post-mortemally roughly 6546 billion times. I think the smiley was removed to head off any offense-taking by members who feel the symbolism encourages people to abuse animals.:redlight: Was looking for a dead horse smiley, but I didn't find one.:redlight:
- 1Aug 7, '12 by MimiLPNQuote from SunSurfRNBecause they can pay a LPN less.Just because something hasn't happened, doesn't mean it won't. With the ever expanding group of unemployed or underemployed RNs on the bread line you can expect the last bastions of LPNs you mentioned to be employing RNs. I work in one of the aforementioned places as a new grad BSN...one of the hiring managers told me point blank "why hire an LPN when I can hire an RN"
- 1Aug 8, '12 by nursel56 GuideQuote from anniv91106Neither of those are out of the LPN scope in all the states. The RNs I worked with were still RNs. They were just paid below market. For every nurse who takes a job for lower than average pay contributes to overall depressing of wages. I'm not saying anyone should remain unemployed, but that is how the market works.Do you mean they won't be allowed to push a cardiac med. or do an initial assessment?
- 0Aug 8, '12 by Asystole RNQuote from nursel56It is out of the SOP for LPNs to push any intravenous medication or perform any form of assessment in Arizona.Neither of those are out of the LPN scope in all the states. The RNs I worked with were still RNs. They were just paid below market. For every nurse who takes a job for lower than average pay contributes to overall depressing of wages. I'm not saying anyone should remain unemployed, but that is how the market works.
- 0Aug 8, '12 by Asystole RNI would say that LPNs are currently being actively displaced by RN graduates here in Arizona in the traditionally held roles filled by LPNs such as in LTC.
Over the last ten years the amount of RNs being graduated in Arizona has more than tripled, producing nearly 2,500-3,000 new RN graduates every year. Over the same period of time LPN graduation has doubled but only produces 400-500 graduates every year. This of course does not take into account the significant number of LPN graduates who turn around and enter a RN program in the latter semesters.