Other Options For LPN's

  1. Hello
    I am not a nurse..but would like to be one day. I read and hear that Lpn's are getting phased out..that they are limited.
    THen I read and hear that Lpn's are doing almost everything Rn's do.

    I guess my question is...are lpn's needed in places beside LTC facilities?
    PS God bless all LPN's! (and RN's)
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  3. by   TheCommuter
    I happen to work in a nursing home and love it. The pace is perfect and the stress level is quite low.

    Other popular options for LPNs include rehabilitation, home health, hospice, outpatient clinics, subacute, doctors' offices, psychiatric nursing, correctional (jail) nursing, developmental disabilities nursing, and med-surg nursing. Actually, home health is the wave of the future for LPNs.
  4. by   happylvn
    I work as an Independent Contractor doing home care / private duty. I on contract with a couple of state agencies, make good money, do my own schedule and am my own boss. I LOVE IT. I use to do the same work/same patients through a home health agency but have found that I can do as an independent.
  5. by   Saralyn
    Happy,
    Do you get health ins benefits working as a independant contractor?
    Thanks,
    -Sara
  6. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I work in an OR, PRN pre-op and PRN ER.
  7. by   AprylLPN
    I am a recent LPN grad and I am working in Med/Surg nursing at a local hospital. I live about 20 minutes from Nashville, and they would not hire LPN for the larger hospitals. But I have several friends from school who are working in smaller community hospitals, private duty, LTC, home health, and school nursing. It seems to me, at least in my area, that there are very few places that would not accept an LPN.
  8. by   bmoore1973
    Quote from happylvn
    I work as an Independent Contractor doing home care / private duty. I on contract with a couple of state agencies, make good money, do my own schedule and am my own boss. I LOVE IT. I use to do the same work/same patients through a home health agency but have found that I can do as an independent.

    Happy,
    i am looking for something similar to do, i need something with flexiablity and my own hours. could you tell me how you got started doing that. you can private message me! thanks!
  9. by   pagandeva2000
    I work in a hospital clinic. My hospital sponsored my education for me to upgrade from a Patient Care Associate (which is a CNA with a bit more skills...similar to medical assistant) to LPN, so I had a guarenteed position upon passing my boards. I have heard that hospitals are phasing out LPNs due to the ambigious nature of the Nurse Practice Acts; and I do hear that many private hospitals have not hired them recently, but there are many other things that I am considering. I just signed with an agency that has many interesting things for me to try, and now, I am thinking about long term care as an agency assignment.
  10. by   Fiona59
    I work on a surgical unit in a well-known hospital. I've worked in community health, women's health, dialysis, and LTC. The pace in LTC is a backbreaker and the workload was horrific. Active treatment was a breath of fresh air!
  11. by   DanielleTown
    I am an LPN and work in a peds physician's office. I am the nurse supervisor there and love it. Have been thinking about getting my RN, but in Washington state they mostly hire LPN's for physician's offices. I love doctor's office hours - holidays off - and I love watching my little patients grow up. It's great. I was told that LPN's were being phased out but that was 4 years ago and I still have a job!
  12. by   kat7ap
    I work Mother-Baby in a hospital, but I started out in nursing homes. It seems the majority of LPN's are employed by nursing home or rehab facilities, but there are defininetly other options out there especially depending on where you live.
  13. by   pagandeva2000
    I made the vow to myself that I will be the nurse that I want to be and no one will define what that means to me. People that know me are well aware that I don't intend to become an RN. It is clearly not for me. While I enjoy nursing and learning at my own pace, school was definitely not for me. In fact, I hated it. But, I chose practical nursing because I am a practical person. I take continuing education courses to better comprehend things that I couldn't quite get in school. July 13th will be a year that I have worked as an LPN and while the work is hard, I have received wonderful opportunities.

    It does bother me to see that people from other areas are having a hard time seeking employment in places of their choosing. We have been taught basic care in all of the domains; psych, med-surg, peds and women's health. There is no rational reason for me to see why places are choosing to limit opportunities for LPNs.

    I do hope that those that are disappointed in the outlook for us are able to do what they need to do successfully, may it be to become RNs, move into different careers or that things open up. Keep your chins up, everyone. I do believe there is light at the end of the tunnel, may it be to further your education to become RNs or that the jobs will better appreciate the talents that you offer. First, it must begin within. Believe in yourselves and doors will open. They say that positive thinking can move mountains. I sincerely believe that.
  14. by   eligrace
    I have been considering something similar, would you please let me know how to start.
    Thanks,
    Elisha

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