Lpns in the er

  1. 0 I Will be graduating this December. The emergency department has always been what I want to do. Have you ever heard of lpns getting hired in an er? I do plan to get my rn in the next year or two. Would it help to have ACLS and PALS? I eventually want to become a flight nurse. Any advice?
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  4. Visit  Bringonthenight} profile page
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    It won't happen in USA. Maybe Canada. The only place I could think of LPNs getting hired in the ER would be in a VERY rural area. Hospitals don't want LPNs anymore due to most places seeking that coveted magnet status.

    Advice: work in an LTAC (different from LTC) where you will get critical care experience and learn time management (essential ER skills) while you work on your RN. LTACs readily take LPNs from what I've read.

    Please do research on LPNs and who actually hires them. Too often on this site we have LPNs that think they are going to work in ICUs and ERs when they graduate when in reality LPNs are even struggling in some areas to secure work in LTCs or doctors offices as magnet hospitals are even refusing ADN graduates only accepting BSN applicants.

    It's sad but true. I'm not even american but through research on this site I've learnt a lot.
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  5. Visit  Dragana86} profile page
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    ER doesn't hire LPNs due to the fact that LPNs duties are very limited. They are not allowed to take some of the doctors orders, give IV push meds, give blood products etc. So getting your RN degree will help you get where you want to be =)
  6. Visit  TheCommuter} profile page
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    There are a handful of currently-practicing LPNs on these forums who work in emergency departments, although they tend to be the exception and not the rule.

    When I attended school in Oklahoma, LPNs seemed to be prevalent in the small-town ERs. I now live in Texas, and while you are not going to see LPNs in any of the big city ERs, the small towns and extreme rural areas will hire them. When I lived in California, I never saw any LVNs in any ER.
  7. Visit  vintagePN} profile page
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    Move to Canada! We do!
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  8. Visit  jodihecker} profile page
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    I worked in an ER as an LPN in Lancaster Pennsylvania. I was one of two in that dept. This is not a rural area. ACLS and PALS are necessary for this type of work. (also looks good on your resume)
  9. Visit  Fumanchuesday} profile page
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    they dont hire lpns in the ER in the city that i live in (shreveport), but i know they do hire them in the rural hospitals and even in a larger hospital in texarkana which is about an hour and 15 min north of me
  10. Visit  Sun0408} profile page
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    It really depends on your state and your scope of practice. In my state LPN's are not allowed to give IVP meds, hang blood or access a PICC or TLC line. Therefore ACLS is not needed for them because they can't push the meds needed. Also in my area and two counties over they do not hire LPN's in the hospital anymore. The one hospital that have LPN's have X amount of time to get their RN or leave. Other hospitals don't hire LPN's at all.
  11. Visit  Dazglue} profile page
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    Like everyone said it just depends on your area. I know in Columbus, GA the ER's hire plenty of LPN's in certain hospitals.
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  12. Visit  NurseMaybeBaby} profile page
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    I work in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and we have a few LPNs in the ER. There are way more RNs, but we have some. The LPNs are mostly in the fast track area.
  13. Visit  Fiona59} profile page
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    Quote from brigirl246
    I Will be graduating this December. The emergency department has always been what I want to do. Have you ever heard of lpns getting hired in an er? I do plan to get my rn in the next year or two. Would it help to have ACLS and PALS? I eventually want to become a flight nurse. Any advice?
    What does YOUR state permit? Have you encountered any LPNs in Emerg during your placements?
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  14. Visit  turnforthenurseRN} profile page
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    I live in Texas and there are LPNs in the ER where I work, but I have only seen them in the fast track and they are working with another nurse, usually an RN. The LPNs there pretty much do everything the RNs do.
  15. Visit  russodem} profile page
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    My hospital has phased out LPNs because they are seeking magnet status. However I do know that in order to become a flight nurse, you'll need your ADN/BSN, and typically they want you to work acute care for a couple years prior. Also in my hospital the flight nurse is a paramedic so you have to receive that training as well which will give you the ACLS and PALS training you need.


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