So, when are you going to get your RN? - page 3

I am a happy LPN. I got my LPN late in life, because circumstances were all in place for me to do so. I was interested in increasing my clinical skill set. It was a perfect plan. When I was younger, I graduated from High... Read More

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    Some of the brightest, most competent and professional nurses I know are LPN's...my mother included! She was an LPN for 25 years and retired an LPN and is still a nurse [once a nurse always a nurse]. I have learned a lot from LPN's and will always have great respect for those who like what they do.
    By the way, I am an ADN with no desire to continue on to BSN, MSN etc. despite the nagging to do so. I don't want to work in management, I have no interest in public health or teaching and since I won't qualify for any financial aid I don't see the point in spending a lot of money for a degree that will make me $.50 an hour more. It would take more hours than I plan to work for the rest of my career just to pay for the letter behind my name.
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    Quote from brilaneb
    I have been told that hospitals aren't hiring unless you have your BSN. I am about to start an ADN program and already people are encouraging me to enter a BSN program upon completion. Is this true?
    I am very sad to say that YES, just go and get your BSN now. I am an ASN RN, I apply to hospitals in my area every month. I never make it to the interview part my applications always get mark NOT SELECTED within the first couple of days. I am working as a RN in Home Health & Memory Care for the last 3 years.
    I suggest you just take the BSN program now. I wish I had done myself.
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    Quote from kathconserv
    I read this from start to finish and I am so glad that I did. This was a great post. I am an RN and have been working for 7 years as a staff nurse on floors and now in the ICU. I have ZERO interest in becoming a Nurse Practioner, a nurse manager, or an instructor. I have absolutely no interest in "moving up." The degrating nature that staff nurses are treated in appauling. I am not talking about the way the doctors treat the nurses because in my experience, the doctors treat us wonderfully.The person who posted before me on this thread nailed it. Everyone is being pushed to go back to school and it is ridiculous. I love education. Learning is the most rewarding part of life to me. I have an associates degree in nursing and a bachelor degree in Finance. I am being bullied into go back to school for a BSN when I already have a college degree. Nursing administration have lost touch with reality to bedside nursing. I am convinced that the reason why nurses "move up" and become managers or administrators is because they cannot cope with the stress of bedside nursing. I became a nurse to heal the sick and even help a patient die with dignity. I had a Korean patient that did not speak a word of English and neither did his wife. Their son did and he was so kind. The patient was actively dying on a morphine drip and he was only 59. He had metastatic disease. He lived 20 hours on the morphine drip and died the next morning when I was on my way to work at another hospital. The last time I saw them, he was being transfered out of the ICU to the medical floor. The patient was in a deep sleep and the wide and son were crying. The son said to me, "My mom said you are a great lady with such wonderful energy and she will never forget you." She then hugged me and was sobbing in my arms telling me, "Thank you. Thank you. I love you." I could not fight back the tears any longer and cried with her in front of the medical staff. That is why I became a nurse. I am not an ADN, or an MSN in progress or a staff nurse or anything. I am a nurse who cares and loves what I do.

    I respect your knowing your limits and going to school to become an LPN. I think it is wonderful. I think the advertisements for people to get their "RN to BSN in 15 minutes" or "LPN to RN" in 12 months without any clinical setting is a disgrace. What ever happened to going to the hospital and learning nursing hands on?

    I love nursing and Nursing loves me. You must have a mentality of putting patients at your priority or you will fail. Working Christmas, Sundays, easter, and Friday nights is not so bad when you are doing God's work. God bless you all!
    so true I feel the same way
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    Quote from brilaneb
    I have been told that hospitals aren't hiring unless you have your BSN. I am about to start an ADN program and already people are encouraging me to enter a BSN program upon completion. Is this true?
    In Ohio, every hospital I know of will only hire BSN graduates OR an ADN graduate only if they sign a contract stating they will get their BSN within so many years (usually five).
    And sadly, most will not hire LPN's period. The hospital I work at did hire them, but just this month decided to stop. To make matters worse, they are also talking about requiring their LPN's to go back for their RN or be let go. That's just not fair to people who are content with their LPN and I feel terrible for the older LPN's who now have to decide whether to retire or go back to school!
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    I am a happy LPN working in a clinic. If I went back to school to become an RN I would not be able to continue in my current job; which I love.
    Never say never, but right now I am staying right where I am.
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    I was never really offended when coworkers asked "When are you going to get your RN?". No one (in my experience) meant it as a slight.

    In fact, when they stop asking, it can be vaguely disappointing. Like they've given up on you.
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    Quote from VANurse2010
    Here's the deal, there's nothing wrong with being an LPN, but it *is* true that job opportunities in acute care are dwindling fast for LPNs.
    ^As much as I LOVE(D)-being an LPN is a part of me, and can NEVER be taken away from me -I went back to school because the opportunities I wanted as a nurse. I graduated from PN school, and the hospital I enjoyed working in stopped hiring LPNs...when I was first hired there, LPNs worked in Med Surg, the OR, Cath Lab, PACU, Step-Down, and the ER.

    I enjoyed the various specialties I was able to do-Sub-Acute, where I did teaching, wound care, IVs, admission assessments, vents, education, etc...community health-specialist offices, where I worked side by side with physicians and NPs, and Home Health-PDN and home health. Even chart reviews for Medicare...which was...interesting...

    I have acquired skills and a personality of being an advocate and resource nurse. my knowledge was broadened and my nursing career has been an adventure, but, eventually, for me, it reached a plateau...I wanted a larger flexibility that I had carved out for myself. I was taking classes here and there to put myself in that position. Long-story short, I went back into a BSN program, and have been licensed close to a year. I have seen the increase in flexibility that I wanted, and am happy...I still am licensed as a LPN as well-I refuse to cut the cord, lol.

    If life was like I would like it to be, I would've loved to stay a LPN...however I know for my path, In my heart, my semi-retirement plan is to be a NP and community educator/nursing educator.

    LPNs are STILL needed, IMHO in nursing...we-I still say WE-still refusing to cut that cord! -are here to stay!
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    Our culture has created a myth that education is the answer to economic and social mobility, but that is not necessarily true and with tuition so expensive and student loans so dangerous a person could end up worse off going back to school and find themself unable to get a good paying job or pay off their student loans.

    You have to do what is right for you! In the midwest LPN's were phased out of hospital nursing in the 90's, they were given an ultimatum to get their RN or lose their job by some hospitals, other use them as techs, but cut their pay. By the same token, I am hearing that some hospitals are mandating that their RN staff get a BSN by 2020 or lose their job. It is a dilemma do you go back to school to try to hold onto your job and in the process become overwhelmed by student loans or do you decide to let the job go and try to find something else? Either way it is not a pleasant situation to be in! I don't know what I would do if faced with this dilemma, although I would try to pay off my mortgage before 2020 rather than take out more student loans when I'm so close to retirement.
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    In Ohio, every hospital I know of will only hire BSN graduates OR an ADN graduate only if they sign a contract stating they will get their BSN within so many years (usually five).

    Not true at all. Apparently you've never heard of Cleveland Clinic, OSU Medical Center, Riverside Methodist Hospital, the State of Ohio, or the Federal Government... They all still hire LPN's. The lax-luster small town hospitals, they all want RN's, this is true, because it makes their lousy facility LOOK like it's something it's so blatantly not. That is it and that is all.
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    I think, the problem is primarily a legislative one. I watched sooo many good people, who would have made great lpn's, rn's, even NP's, fail out of nursing school, because of the barriers to entry, ie licensure requirements by the government. Why do we have a shortage of doctors? Because who the **** wants to devote 12 years of their life to something non-stop, and when it's all said and done, really not make that much money, especially after malpractice insurance. I want to be a NP someday but this whole push for DNP, or PhD by 2015 just disgusts me. It's always been a masters, now it has to be a "doctorate" a faux doctorate that is, where you take classes in things not pertinent to your career at all. The whole thing is just a big joke. It's nothing more than a bigger rat race brought to you by the government. Oo and the big push for NP's to have a doctorate... guess who's behind it? The DNP's that are ****** off someone who spent less money and time, to do the same job, and probably does it better, have the same scope of practice. Healthcare and Medicine is in DESPERATE need of some deregulation


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