LPNs Often Fare Better Than Some Degree Earners - page 2

Some readers might be aware that a college bubble is forming in the United States. Since so many people in this day and age have earned college degrees when compared to previous generations, the... Read More

  1. by   klace84
    I have to say that when I was in school to become an LPN our clinical and lecture instructors, most of whom were at one time LPNs' in there lives and have now moved on to become successful RNs or NPs always gave us students the utmost respect for choosing to become a LPN. Many of them also stated that at times we may be looked at as the "lowly nurse", but you should never be ashamed of how you started because most of us are better and well versed than some of the those RNs, especially LPNs who were also CNAs or Medical Assistants prior to becoming a LPN. I can proudly say that I am grateful and excited to be where I am at as a LPN!!! I will continue to pursue my career as an RN but I'm so so glad I choose this route instead
  2. by   nursel56
    There are a good number of people who are quite accomplished in other fields and decide to fulfill a nursing dream they had, perhaps with kids grown up or enough money in the bank to return to school, there are a couple of writers and researchers on health/nursing issues that got their LVN/LPN to provide a realistic context - a fantastic idea imo because most health writers obviously have no clue and parrot the couple of "experts" in their cyber-rolodex.
  3. by   peacebeef
    Cheers to this! I'm graduated from an ABSN program in 2010 six years after earning my BA in urban studies. I originally intended to become an architect but soured on that...between the cost and time investment of schooling, the terrible job market and the fact that working in architecture is about 90% business/sales/marketing and only 10% design, architecture was not for me. I LOVE being a nurse. But I do NOT love my loans, and I envy my colleagues who are LPNs or LPN-to-RNs, because they do pretty much all the same stuff that I do, have pretty much the same knowledge base, earn nearly the same amount of money, and almost all of them pay all their schooling down without debt (the ones who are in RN programs, that is). I 100% agree that pushing skill-set and trade knowledge to the side in favor of everyone getting a BA or BS is completely contrary to how we should be structuring our country's education system. Trades are vital to our system, and the LPN is specifically vital to healthcare...and should be celebrated as such!
  4. by   BrandonLPN
    Education simply for education's sake is a pretty thought, but not a very practical one. Maybe if I had a six figure trust fund or something I could afford to major in Russian literature (something I'd actually love). But, at present, my economic situation is such that it would be a waste of money. Look at all the grad students in their 30s who work at starbucks and then tell with a straight face that higher education is "never" wasted.
  5. by   BrandonLPN
    Also, let's not assume that just because someone has little or no higher education they are uninformed or lack culture. My two highest educational achievements are my PN certificate and my high school diploma. Still, I am a very articulate and well read person. Just because I promote vocational/technical training doesn't mean I don't appreciate learning. I just think our kids would get much more value out of an education that prepared them for an actual job with marketable skills. I read philosophy and history in my spare time. When I PAY for an education, I expect it to translate directly into $$ and jobs.
  6. by   Wild Irish LPN
    Quote from sidroc
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    please weigh in....I am dying to hear your enlightened viewpoint....
  7. by   sidroc
    Quote from Wild Irish LPN
    please weigh in....I am dying to hear your enlightened viewpoint....
    If you so wish, I would only agree with the poster because she mentions useless degrees like 4 year psych degrees that lead to no jobs. However, the implications of many of the responses have been directed at the BSN program, which leads to the LPN double standard of talking up the LPN's accomplishments, and talking down the acheivement of the BSN.
  8. by   Wild Irish LPN
    Quote from sidroc
    If you so wish, I would only agree with the poster because she mentions useless degrees like 4 year psych degrees that lead to no jobs. However, the implications of many of the responses have been directed at the BSN program, which leads to the LPN double standard of talking up the LPN's accomplishments, and talking down the acheivement of the BSN.
    you are priceless....please, the floor is yours....I want to hear what you really think....
  9. by   BrandonLPN
    Who talked down the BSN? In other posts you certainly DID talk down the value of vocational schools. You said the LPNs who came out of these schools are of lesser quality and that you resented being "under" their direction as a CNA. I was defending the LPN role in general and vocational education in particular.
  10. by   tothepointeLVN
    Quote from BrandonLPN
    Who talked down the BSN? In other posts you certainly DID talk down the value of vocational schools. You said the LPNs who came out of these schools are of lesser quality and that you resented being "under" their direction as a CNA. I was defending the LPN role in general and vocational education in particular.
    Just ignore him he's just another typical newish poster that comes on AN and only posts vinegar and never offers anything positive to the site. Having opinions is one thing having ONLY opinions is another.
  11. by   rayshettabrown
    Nice article,very well said!! While you won't get rich,I'm futher ahead now and I'm proud to be a LPN and working on my BSN in the process..can't complain bout the skills/knowledge I've learned along the way. I think the money is pretty good in MD for LPNs...($22-30)
  12. by   prettymica
    I agree with all the posters above, I am able to afford lots of things that I never had and also pay for my RN education out of pocket. Also I kind of know what to expect during RN school so that's kind of like a weight of anxiety off my shoulders. I also fear that I will have to take a pay cut when I become an RN because I will be considered a new RN. I have been an LPN for 3 years and have made mid twenties hourly for the last 2 years. I surely hope I don't have to bump my wage down to early twenties to gt a job as an RN.
  13. by   HDHRN
    I don't regret getting my LPN either. I am currently going to school for ADN. I think being an LPN helps with RN school. I also have a degree in medical assisting so needless to say I have quite a bit of medical experience. Hopefully after I become an RN I can get a BSN. It doesnt hurt to have as much education as possible.

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