Quote from Tentorio2002
I'm currently a fist quarter LPN student and this very topic was addressed the other day in class. Our instructor informed us with the nursing shortage being what it is, and with it only getting worse, LPNs will be utilized more than before. The TN state board of nursing recently ammended the nurse practice act here for LPNs to allow them to administer IVP meds, as long as certain criteria have been met (no chemo, titrations, must be iv certified, etc...). I think this is evidence of LPNs being given more responsibility, a larger scope, and hence more job opportunities. Regardless of this, there will always be a place for LPNs.....
Yeah, our school told us the same story, HOWEVER, as recent graduates, not one in our class has found a job in a hospital. To my knowledge, no one has a job yet because we were encouraged to start our careers on a med-surg floor so we'd gain valuable experience, yet the very hospitals that we did our clinicals in are all pushing us away now because we don't have the required one year of hospital experience. Hello, how are we ever going to get it if no one will hire us? I'm pissed because there are both ANS and BSN prgs. right here in my city, but I chose to go the LPN route so I could be in the work force more quickly. So, here I am, after 2 years of schooling (2 years, with pre-reqs) and I'll be starting all over again next semester with degree level core classes so I can get into the bridge program next year! Which still puts me about 2 years from being able to get the job in the hospital that I was looking for! A funny note: While we were doing our clinicals, at every facility (atlanta area) that we trained at, there were various RN students training too, but the staff nurses always told us we knew how to do more than the RN students did. Wonder if it has something to do with the 700+ hours of clinical we put in. You know, I don't want anyone's management or higher skilled position in the hospital. I just want to do bedside nursing for the sick and needy. I am more than qualified to do that, so I'm really pissed that the hospitals that are crying nursing shortage apparently don't consider me a nurse. :angryfire Especially given the fact that in GA the scope of practice for an LPN is very similar to that of the RN. You know, hire me, I'll be happy to insert the foleys or suction the trachs if you'll just get an RN spike my blood!