LPNs Often Fare Better Than Some Degree Earners - page 8

by TheCommuter Asst. Admin

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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 value of having one has decreased... Read More


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    A very real and unfortunate drawback to some technical fields is that it requires manual labor. My friend's husband, the plumber, can no longer continue in his trade now that he's in his forties because his knees are shot from all the crouching in tight places. The money may be good, but it's hard on the body! Something to consider when going to a trade in your twenties...what shape can you expect to be in by middle age from all the strain on the body.
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    Actually, I think manual labor keeps people in good shape. Moving furniture helped build my muscles. It's many office/computer workers who seem pretty flabby and weak to me.
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    Quote from whatdoIdonow?
    Something to consider when going to a trade in your twenties...what shape can you expect to be in by middle age from all the strain on the body.
    The same can be said for bedside nursing being hard on one's body due to its very physical nature. Many nurses who enter this profession during their youth end up entering middle age with chronic back problems, stress on the joints, repetitive motion injuries, rotator cuff issues, and so forth.

    Our very own Nursing With Disabilities forum is filled with these nurses who are now worn down after practicing at the bedside for decades.

    To some, the logical solution would be, "Earn your BSN or MSN and look for a desk job." However, many of these nurses already have nursing education at the baccalaureate (BSN) level, and the number of less physical 'desk jobs' is finitely limited. There can only be so many chiefs to overlook the Indians.
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    I dont regret my 18,000 BS in Sociology. I was able, and still remain able to find employment- that I don't think I could find without a degree. Sure, I rarely ever see jobs that require degrees in Sociology. But the point is to have a degree. In anything. And people will give you a second look. I'd rather have a Bachelors, than not have one. I also think "going away to college" is an experience that I wouldn't have got, had I just gone to LPN school from the start. I lived on my own, balanced a checkbook, learned things about myself and other people. Sounds corny, but it was worth 18,000- to me. Yet, I still have to pay $200 a month for 8 more years for my "experience". So yeah, there are drawbacks.

    That said, I'm excited to see what my future as a LPN holds for me. I don't think I would have ended up here, if not for my oppurtunity to work in a group home and see what nurses did.
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    Quote from whatdoIdonow?
    A very real and unfortunate drawback to some technical fields is that it requires manual labor. My friend's husband, the plumber, can no longer continue in his trade now that he's in his forties because his knees are shot from all the crouching in tight places. The money may be good, but it's hard on the body! Something to consider when going to a trade in your twenties...what shape can you expect to be in by middle age from all the strain on the body.
    I agree with this. My step father has been a welder for 30 years and his body is wearing out. Fortunately, he owns his own business so he was able to hire in someone to do it for him. Many good paying manual labor careers have paths that lead to less physical work. A good friend of mine spent about 10 years doing commercial hazmat clean up and moved up into a 6 figure office job with the company with nothing more than a good head on his shoulders and networking.

    My mother, an RN is not longer practicing thanks to the strain on HER body at 53. A few years ago she injured her back and had to have surgery and can't work bedside any more. So I wouldn't exclude nursing from the "manual labor" category.
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    Quote from TheCommuter
    The same can be said for bedside nursing being hard on one's body due to its very physical nature. Many nurses who enter this profession during their youth end up entering middle age with chronic back problems, stress on the joints, repetitive motion injuries, rotator cuff issues, and so forth.

    Our very own Nursing With Disabilities forum is filled with these nurses who are now worn down after practicing at the bedside for decades.

    To some, the logical solution would be, "Earn your BSN or MSN and look for a desk job." However, many of these nurses already have nursing education at the baccalaureate (BSN) level, and the number of less physical 'desk jobs' is finitely limited. There can only be so many chiefs to overlook the Indians.

    I definitely agree! And, I also consider nursing a skilled trade as well.
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    Quote from BrandonLPN
    Actually, I think manual labor keeps people in good shape. Moving furniture helped build my muscles. It's many office/computer workers who seem pretty flabby and weak to me.
    With good body mechanics, I suppose lifting furniture would produce body building effects. I'm thinking more of the trades that require you to twist your body out of shape to fit in tight places (like plumbing etc). Good paying trades while young that take a toll on the body with the years. These trades aren't really aerobic or body building...and many in these professions are just as flabby as your average office worker who sits at a desk. Besides, lifting furniture isn't a trained technical degree in my neck of the woods.
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    This is inspiring and we need more inspiration as LPNs. Too many people bash us and I'm tired of it. I would never dare look down upon someone due to their occupation/career. As an LPN I've never had so many people treat me like I'm a nobody. Truth be told this is the best position I've ever had in my life. Yes I am going for my RN. Do I feel that makes me less of a nurse as a LPN, no. I may not have the same scope of practice but it's almost like comparing a doctor to a surgeon in my opinion.

    As a LPN I do not live paycheck to paycheck. I have 2 savings accounts (when I never even had one before). I have a brand new car, a huge apartment, I have 2 children who have everything they need and want, I spoil myself with things that I could not before. Point being- My family does just fine on my income as a LPN.


    To reiterate the point of this post even more is the fact that one HUGE reason I'm going on to do the LPN to RN bridge is because I've already spent so much time and money on all of the pre requisites needed for the program. If I don't finish then I will have those loans to pay back with nothing to show for it.
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    I dont think having a degree makes you a better nurse, sorry to my dear lectures, yea i do have a Bachelor degree 4 years later, however i also have studied at other istitutions not at university level and funny enough i get paid more than in my nursing degree , but again the specialty i choose is a male dominant career hence the wages reflect that too. i am starting on 120 thousand year.
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    Dang commuter! You say some great stuff at the right time!! I start lvn school on Monday and hope for the things you mentioned!!! Thanks!!


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