Other jobs for LPN's?

  1. maybe you lvns can help me out w/ something, please... Im finishing my medical assisting course and ive started an lvn prep class. Ive heard the lvn programs clinicals consist of alot of CNA work (bed baths, feeding the pt.,bed pans etc) I dont have a problem learning these skills for the program, however I dont want to go through 2 years of schooling and only be able to get a job in a convalescent home. I did some research on lvns job outlook and it says 90 percent of them work with the elderly, i want to work in L&D should I just go for my RN instead Im so discouraged and before I was so excited about the lvn program please help
    Last edit by suebird3 on Aug 14, '06
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  3. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quite a few hospitals do not hire LPNs for L and D.
    Last edit by suebird3 on Aug 14, '06
  4. by   Gompers
    Quote from nursingbeauty
    maybe you lvns can help me out w/ something, please... Im finishing my medical assisting course and ive started an lvn prep class. Ive heard the lvn programs clinicals consist of alot of CNA work (bed baths, feeding the pt.,bed pans etc) I dont have a problem learning these skills for the program, however I dont want to go through 2 years of schooling and only be able to get a job in a convalescent home. I did some research on lvns job outlook and it says 90 percent of them work with the elderly, i want to work in L&D should I just go for my RN instead Im so discouraged and before I was so excited about the lvn program please help
    In many areas, hospitals are no longer hiring new LPNs/LVNs. The ones that have been there for awhile are still on staff, but there is definitely a decline in their presence in hospitals. This is only in some areas of the country, I'd imagine, but it is becoming a trend. For the most part, LPNs and LVNs work in long term care facilities or nursing homes.

    HOWEVER, you never know so maybe go to your state's forum here and ask what things are like in your area. Many nurses become LPNs or LVNs first and get some good work experience before starting RN programs. This way, they not only have a good nursing background, but often their employer will pay for their schooling. Not a bad idea!
    Last edit by suebird3 on Aug 14, '06
  5. by   TheCommuter
    OB and L&D positions are at a premium and quite hard for RNs to obtain, so they're nearly impossible for LPNs/LVNs to get. Remember that there are many, many nurses who want to work in labor and delivery; therefore, RNs almost universally get priority when being hired for L&D and postpartum departments in hospitals.
  6. by   txspadequeenRN
    If your goal is L&D then you need to get your RN license. From what I know ( Which isnt much..lol) is the only opportunity for LVN's in L&D may be a scrub tech. And I think thoses are few and far between. Now I dont work in L&D but study up in this stuff and have been in L&D as a patient enough..lol Good luck in your studies..
  7. by   Fiona59
    I've worked postpartum care for three years. PN's here don't work L&D. Our scope doesn't include IV starts and quite frankly our education is very basic in L&D nursing with our clinical hours being spent in postpartum.

    But as the others have all said there are few enough jobs in L&D for the RNs who want them.
  8. by   saernurse69
    Howdy! My sister-in-law is an L&D nurse for almost 20 years as an LVN and I work ER and ICU. Make the path, get the experience and find the places that hire LVN's. Here in Texas we do pretty much everything and get the training and the experience. I know that we will get our RN's eventually (I have 3 teenage sons LOL). Depends on the state and the hospital. Just my two cents.

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