Satisfied with Remaining an LPN? - page 2

A similar subject was brought up in one of the other allnurses forum, so, I want to ask it here out of curiousity...is there anyone satisfied with being an LPN and has decided to remain one? I ask... Read More

  1. by   foxxcat
    Hi
    I have been an LPN for 21 years, I am very happy being an LPN, I have worked all different fields in nursing corrections-hosp-LTC, for the past 9 years I have been the DON at an assisted living. not patting my self on the back ,but, I have passed each state survey 100%
    LPN's are great , we can do alot. At one point in time I WANTED to be an RN, but I SURE DO NOT now. LPN IS JUST FINE FOR ME]
  2. by   jamangel
    well, I definitely have to say being an LPN is not for me. I'm actually in school completing my core for RN but I'm also doing Social Worker core as well. I'm on the divide about whether to stay in nursing at all. I work at the VA hospital here and maybe it's the va but it changed how i like being a nurse all together. the specific floor i work on is great. it's new and a first of it's kind but we often get pulled to other floors and that changes the game. i do find that when i do my PRN work elsewhere I don't feel that way so...
  3. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from foxxcat
    Hi
    I have been an LPN for 21 years, I am very happy being an LPN, I have worked all different fields in nursing corrections-hosp-LTC, for the past 9 years I have been the DON at an assisted living. not patting my self on the back ,but, I have passed each state survey 100%
    LPN's are great , we can do alot. At one point in time I WANTED to be an RN, but I SURE DO NOT now. LPN IS JUST FINE FOR ME]
    Just curious, what made you decide that remaining an LPN is the best thing for you? By the way, I am glad that you have been a major contributer for your facility passing the state surveys!
  4. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from jamangel
    well, I definitely have to say being an LPN is not for me. I'm actually in school completing my core for RN but I'm also doing Social Worker core as well. I'm on the divide about whether to stay in nursing at all. I work at the VA hospital here and maybe it's the va but it changed how i like being a nurse all together. the specific floor i work on is great. it's new and a first of it's kind but we often get pulled to other floors and that changes the game. i do find that when i do my PRN work elsewhere I don't feel that way so...
    Jamangel, would you mind sharing a bit more about why you feel that you have changed about being a nurse altogether? I was thinking about applying to the VA once I have a bit more experience under my belt.
  5. by   Midwest4me
    Am I satisfied with being an LPN? No..not really. I'd LOVE to be an RN (was accepted TWICE into an RN program but stopped at the LPN) but at nearlly 48 yrs old, I'm getting kind of tired.... I don't want to repeat so many courses, have always been a "B-C" average type of student(except for getting A's in Master's study courses), and don't want to sit on a waiting list for 2-3 years to try to get accepted. Also don't want to play the mind games with the nsg instructors I hear so often about!!! Then, too, there are the "toys" that would have to go while I'm in school (i.e., motorcycles, travel trailer, time with husband,etc)---all those reasons aside, I am DEATHLY afraid of failing the RN-NCLEX; it's truly the FEAR that's kept me from going on.
  6. by   jamangel
    Quote from pagandeva2000
    Jamangel, would you mind sharing a bit more about why you feel that you have changed about being a nurse altogether? I was thinking about applying to the VA once I have a bit more experience under my belt.
    Well, as I was writing that post I realized in that moment that I didn't feel that way until I came to the VA. Pursuing my RN was always my goal and I began taking the BSN core ( 1 class at a time) in 2001. I've wanted to work for myself for a while now so I though a career change would be good for me.

    The VA is a good place to work as far as I'm concerned but it does vary depending on which one you work. The one I work at is very RN-focused. They treat the RN's VERY differently. Depending on the specialty, as a LPN you're just utilized as a CNA but can give meds. The VA sytem is very different from the private sector. There are CNA's who make as much as I do and some make more than I do because they've been in the system longer than I have despite my experience. The value of my expertise and experience is not high there because there are thing s I've done my whole career in the private sector that I can not due in the VA system because of their policies.

    If you get a minute go to the VA/military forum, I've posted my grief about the VA there. To try to answer your question, after working at the VA I got the opportunity to work in more closer capacity with other disciplines (therapists, Social workers, psychologists etc) and discovered that where there is a true nursing shortage and the VA is great at compensating you for being and/or becoming a RN, I saw their was a boom in the system for Social Workers. The VA system pays their SW's VERY well without the BS that comes with nursing, plus straight days, no holidays or weekends. Even though that great pay requires a Master's Degree. But I'll have a chance to get that experience I need because I really want to specialize in addiction and work for me. Though the VA initiated my desire to change my course it may have been a blessing in disguise.

    I figure being an RN in the VA system is the best way to go for nursing but I don't really want to be a charge nurse. I left LTC for that very reason. If something happens that leads me back to the RN path I woud probably work pharmeceuticals or case management (but I would probably have to leave the VA which I'm not trying to do-the retiremnt is great).

    Definitely get your experience before coming to the VA esp if you are a new nurse or a nurse with a limited scope. The more time and/or experience you ahve the higher pay grade you'll come in.

    Didin't mean to bore you with it all but the VA is a different animal and if you want to be there you have to know how to survive in it's environment.
  7. by   foxxcat
    Quote from pagandeva2000
    Just curious, what made you decide that remaining an LPN is the best thing for you? By the way, I am glad that you have been a major contributer for your facility passing the state surveys!
    Well after 21 years of doing what I like , I guess I just want t stay doing what I like. Don't get me wrong I started out toward my RN, I have only a few classes left, but for some reason I just put it down and forgot about it. I have worked in all fields of nursing in 21 years, seen all kinds of thing Here in the midwest where I am from LPN's can go along way and do alot of things Most of all I like the hands on with the residents.
    I don't want to be to the point that I can't spend time with my residents because of paperwork and reports and what ever else. I just want to be a good nurse to all my residents And as an LPN I can do that Plus it has given me a good life and income
  8. by   pagandeva2000
    I have heard both ends of the spectrum about the VA hospital. I hear that they pay LPNs well considering the other hospitals, then, I hear that they are extremely disciplined and strict, and they have off the wall schedules. At this time, I am working in a clinic, and just recently signed on to an agency, and hopefully, between the two, I'll gain a great deal of experience. I do see that some CNAs get more than LPNs and that, to me, is a disgrace. I wish you the best in your career, and you did not bore me, you enlightened me. If you don't mind, would you share how much they start an LPN? I'm wondering if it varies between the states.
  9. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from Drifternurse
    Am I satisfied with being an LPN? No..not really. I'd LOVE to be an RN (was accepted TWICE into an RN program but stopped at the LPN) but at nearlly 48 yrs old, I'm getting kind of tired.... I don't want to repeat so many courses, have always been a "B-C" average type of student(except for getting A's in Master's study courses), and don't want to sit on a waiting list for 2-3 years to try to get accepted. Also don't want to play the mind games with the nsg instructors I hear so often about!!! Then, too, there are the "toys" that would have to go while I'm in school (i.e., motorcycles, travel trailer, time with husband,etc)---all those reasons aside, I am DEATHLY afraid of failing the RN-NCLEX; it's truly the FEAR that's kept me from going on.
    It was the games that the professors played that certainly turned me off from nursing school in general. I was fortunate in many ways...I was in the first LPN program that my community college had, and they really pushed to ensure that we graduated, and because it was so disorganized, many students were failing, but they made that up by creating individual and group projects to make the grade. I was second top of the class, but I was miserable. When I was studying for NCLEX, I was stressed, and told myself that win, lose or draw, I was not going to repeat the NCLEX examination a second time. I passed, thank goodness, and now, I still study, but on my own time, and I can finally digest all of the information without the stress. Now, I am learning and adjusting from thinking as a CNA to thinking as a nurse, but I don't have the same headaches per se as the RN has, and that was good enough for me. Yes, there are many that don't think that we are nurses, and that has become fine with me...because I am more content and less wired up as they are. I help them to the best of my ability, and do the best I can towards the patients.
  10. by   slinkeecat
    I was an LPN for many years... loved it and the opportunities I had...Never regretted my choice to be an LPN.... Until I moved to West Virginia, my hubby's home state and the transition was sooo very hard.... I made
    $23.00 an hr as an lpn and when we moved from another state to WV...LPN's were paid $9.57 hr.- $16.00.. and the scope of practice was limited and the medical technology was 30 yrs ago... imagine using metal bed pans in 2005-2006.
    As an lpn...I could not even take a telephone order in WV....
    I was so upset... cried everyday, because I was a clinical ladder III lpn and had all these skills that I ws not allowed to use. So, I decided, I will become an RN. I attended college, while making crap wages as an LPN and graduated with my BSN- MAGNA CUM LAUDE.... Even as an RN, salary and opportunities were limited.
    I then asked my hubby to put in for a transfer to any state, as I wanted out of WV....
    WV is beautiful, and I miss the mts...rivers... but I am happy to have relocated to Florida... I have a great career.
    I think I would have remained a happy LPN if we would never have crossed the WV state line.

    As an RN, I am busy all the time with freaking paper work. I do not have as much pt time as I would like ... It is a double egded sword. I love my job... I work w/ a great group of nurses, techs, and they tease me all the time about WV... every morning they sing "Country Roads" the WV state song to me and yesterday the doctors making rounds joined in. I have been there 3 months. Last weekend, my co-workers included me in their after work plans and invited me to a bar they go to once a month for a "unit Meeting" LOL It was awesome to be included, and they gave me a review of my performance... like a roast/ lovefest... It was so much fun and I now truly feel a part of the team... so, I am at the moment grateful that I did get my feelings hurt enough to pursue my RN.... great job, great money, and my hubby is happy w/ his new position as a project manager. I no longer worry about him as i did in WV...going underground inspecting mines scared the hell out of me for him.


    Also, I realize that eventually my health will cap certain positions in nursing, my legs are killing me... I have been a diabetic since I was 18 mths old. I am currently 38 yrs old. My career path will hopefully go into EDUCATION... that is where my heart lies...

    I have always have been proud of me. I was a awesome LPN...I was proud to be an LPN... I am proud of my accomplishments. I think it is a personal choice, dictated by one's circumstances, and whatever the choice, it should be respected... We all ROCK!!!
  11. by   jamangel
    if you go to www.opm.gov website you can pull up the payscale for General Schedule workers which is what LPN's are. Initially all nurse's were Title 38 but later LPN's were made Title 38 "hybrid" so we are GS workers. I live in Augusta Georgia so My area is considered "the rest of the US" and it breaks it down that way. Here LPN's start between GS 3- and cap at GS 6. Here you can make GS 7 IF you work a critical area ONLY. You can only come inas a 5 if you've been nursing at least 5 years I think or if you have background in a critical area like EMT or something. Otherwise fresh out of school you're a GS 3 (figure about 20,000 not including shift diff and weekend premium). Augusta's cost of living is low so that's why it's low though I wouldn't be able to survive on that.

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