New Student, Not Sure Which Route to go?!?!

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    Okay so here's the deal......I am soooo confused & getting lots of different answers from schools, people, etc. So I am here to get an answer from people who do the job. CAN an LVN work in a hospital??? I am wanting to get into nursing, and have been blessed with a program that is helping me go back to school. I had cancer 6 years ago and the RNs seriously changed my life, and that is what I want to do, eventually! I know I can't start @ RN, so my options are to start @ CNA level, then go back to get my RN...OR, I was told I can start @ LVN then do a RN or BSN step up program. Thing I am scared of is that everyone keeps telling me "LVNs are getting phased out" and there won't be jobs anymore.....Also that LVNs do NOT work in hospitals, but rather nursing homes, and to be honest, that is just not where my heart is. I REALLY want to be in a hospital setting. My dream is to be working in pediatric oncology or labor and delivery one day!!! :0) Anyway any insight/advice would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks you guys!!!
    Last edit by traumaRUs on Aug 7, '12
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    People have been saying LPNs are "going to be phased out" for decades now. I honestly wouldn't listen to it. I know LPNs who have been nurses for decades and they were hearing that back in the 80s. As for whether hospitals hire LPNs it really depends on the state you're in I think. Out here in Illinois they don't, and more hospitals aren't even hiring RNs unless they're BSNs.
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    Same as Jasel said, LPN's CAN work in a hospital, but it depends on the area whether they employ LPN's or not. However, alot of hospitals do hire LPN's in their clinics. I am a failry new LPN, and I have not had a problem finding employment. Alot of places hire LPN's, not just nursing homes. If you really want to work on one of the units in the hospital though, then RN is the safer bet.
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    Yea I am going to do RN eventually, but need a starting point...
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    i've also heard LPNs are being phased out of hospitals because most positions are ''assessment'' (i've been told) which is the main difference between an LPN and RN...I wouldn't let what you hear stop you from applying and seeking employment from hospitals though you never know!
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    We did most of our clinical roution on an med/surg floor. They hired some of my fellow students straight from school with the understanding that they would have to contiue their education.
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    In North Carolina, hospitals do not hire LPN's. Although, I did see a job listing for an LPN in the outpatient services at a nearby hospital & there is another one that hires LPN's as surgical techs. Nursing homes pay the best, but LPN's also work in doctor's offices, urgent care, flu clinics, etc. Start searching job listings in your area to see what prospcts are out there.
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    LPN's are vital to the LTC setting and many prisons and detention centers utilize LPN's as well(and they pay pretty well from what I hear). That being said, there are 4 hospitals in my area and not a one will hire any more LPN's in their acute care settings and they are requiring LPN's to get their RN within a certain time period or they will be laid off. If you're trying to choose between LPN and CNA, it all depends on your needds and current situation. An LPN program is in no way easy. The one in my area has students meet 5 times a week for over 6 hours a day. It's like a regular public school day. There's a test every week and if you miss enough days you'll be removed from the program. If you make it though, you're a nurse! LPN-RN bridge programs are often easier to get into than basic RN programs.

    The CNA program is short, non-competitive, but the work of a CNA is difficult and doesn't really pay well. It helps you to get experience working in a healthcare setting, but you're still not a nurse.

    Good luck with whatever you choose!
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    Here in East Tennessee a large hospital chain is phasing out there LPN's I worked there and and they are moving all them to secretary jobs
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    In my area of NYS, the "phasing out of LPNs" is not just talk to not be listened to. An LPN cannot get a job in any hospital in the region; those that are there now and have been there for years have either been not-so-gently nudged toward continuing their education (to continue employment) or they were very long-term employees who were utilized in areas where an LPN could still work. No new hires in YEARS in the hospitals if you were not an RN.

    That said, if your heart can be swayed from a hospital position, you can find employment for LPNs in offices, outpatient clinics, stable long-term care facilities, correctional facilities, and home health agencies.

    If your dream is peds oncology or L&D, you will HAVE to be an RN to get near the opportunity.


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