This is entirely false. There is only a re-distribution of the labor and skill sets. I don't know where this rumor started, or why, for that matter. The facts are-LPN/LVN usually work in LTC/rehab/dementia/nursing homes. RN/BSN's do the hospitals and management. There are exceptions, of course, but this is generally true. Do you have any idea of how many LPN's there are? Do you know how hard it would be the phase us out? I hate to say it, but is LTC going to pay for several RN's (say, at $30/hour), when they can have a few LPNs (around $24/hour in my area),a few med techs and a few GNA's handle the entire floor?? I don't think I have the skill set necessary for a very acute floor. I could do a med-surg floor, but ICU, no way. That is why there is the division of labor. Why pay for a skill set you don't need? Anyways, I do not believe LPNs will be phased out. If you are in school to be a LPN, get used to the fact LTC and rehab is pretty much your only option. Believe me, as a LPN on a transitional care unit, or acute rehab, you will have your hands full, be using every skill you learned, and then some.