LVNs/LPNs being phased out?!

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    Is anyone else tired of hearing about this as I am? I am so tired of someone saying, "why are you going to LVN school, when they are phasing them out?"
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    Here's a good article by TheCommuter.

    The 6th paragraph should answer your question.
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    Thanks Jay. I know that they are in some states, Texas where they do not work in hospitals much anymore. But honestly I really think they never will. I just get annoyed because you always here it here. Just go RN is what I am always told. Well I am happy as of right now going to school for LVN. In AR they work in hospitals and all that I have seen them do is give medications and change meds on the IV's.
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    I thought seriously about attending LPN school and had even found one I wanted to attend. You may not have as many job opportunities as there once were, or you may have to move for a job. If you're excited about it do it and don't look back!
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    i live in FL and am about to complete my LPN program and take the NCLEX-PN. LPN in FL are becoming more respected each day and are actually starting to replace RN's in some facilities. I'm sure this is r/t the fact that an LPN with Phlem/IV therapy has a scope very simulare to that of an RN, with a slightly smaller salary.
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    The other day I had an acquaintance say to me "good luck with that" in a snide snotty tone after I replied that I was not worried about finding a job as a LPN. This was in response to her "LPNs are being phased out and can't work at hospitals", you know the usual spiel many of us have heard numerous times. I always wonder when someone is saying all this to me, knowing I am already in a LPN program, what do they expect? That I will be ever so grateful to them for pointing out my terrible mistake and quit the program because OMG LPNs are being phased out? That I'll accept their doom and gloom because they are some sort of expert? Please.

    Thing is, I am not worried about finding a job as a LPN. Many places in my area are hiring LPNs. Of course if working at a hospital ICU was my dream then clearly the LPN won't help with that in my area. However, there are other jobs to be had as a LPN. I may return to school to get my RN/BSN, but even if I don't, being a LPN is a worthy accomplishment.

    If being an LPN is what you want, then go for it and let the nay sayers wag their tongues till they turn blue and you have your license in your hands.
    Last edit by SWM2009 on Sep 2, '13 : Reason: grammar
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    I enjoyed my options as a LPN for the seven years I worked as one: Home health Peds, facility Peds, Rehab, LTC, Medicare Chart reviews, psych, School nurse (private duty and "clinic") Specialty clinic nursing, vaccination clinic, and Independent Contract work doing skilled visits.

    The ONLY reason I went back to school and became an RN is to be specialized; I couldn't get a certification in Peds or Rehab or Trauma or Critical care...the more I researched the skill set I had and couldn't get a certification in, I knew I had to go back to school...even clinic nursing has an association, but I couldn't get a certification in that. A IV therapy certification, rather infusion nursing is specialized , and you have to be a RN to become certified; most IV therapy "certs" are "competency training". I had enough contact hours worked to become "wound certified", yet a CWOCN is the ultimate certification expertise, and is a Masters program. Although I had flexibility, I wanted MORE flexibility, so I got my BSN; much sacrifice, but worth it.

    LPNs are not going anywhere; in my area, there is a shift towards nurse-run clinics, utilizing LPNs and RNs; on the other hand, my former job just laid off all the LPNs unfortunately .

    It really depends on the area; and factors such as financial climate and how the organizations want to utilize LPNs. the only people that know what's going on in the LPN market are LPNs; sometimes your RN coworkers don't know either; unless they were LPNs, LOL.

    If one wants to take the LPN route, I still encourage people to do so...if one is going for a graduate degree and has all their pre req's I'm inclined to encourage BSN, if they can. It truly is up to the person's circumstances, and opportunities.
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    Where I live (Tennessee) LPNs work in ltc, assisted living, state and residential group homes, home health, private duty, jails, the va, drs offices, shot clinics, rehab facilities, insurance companies, some factories as the employees personal nurse and even hospitals although the hospital jobs have gotten fewer over the years. I saw 2 LPN positions at hospitals in my local paper just a few weeks ago. Of all the places I've worked it's always been at least like 90% staffed by LPNs. My job right now usually only hires LPNs, we have had a few RNs in the past but, the job was listed as an LPN job and they just took a chance and applied for it. I had a friend who went LPN to BSN a few years ago and said the never had a hard time finding a job as an LPN (she was always a job hopper, do she worked at a lot of places) but, couldn't find one when she got her BSN. She didn't want to work in a hospital so, she went back to the job at a clinic she was working at as an LPN before she got her BSN. I guess it really all depends on where you live but, personally I don't see us going anywhere. If we were phased out pretty much 90% of healthcare facilities would be SOL...
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    Eh, some people will be generally annoying about the subject. My parents seem to think it will be easy, but they forget it's still nursing school. Just one year of it. I chose my program in particular for the option to go back for the other year to get my RN. Getting a job doesn't seem particularly difficult in my area. I have an offer to work in a nursing home once I get licensed.
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    We were told that LPNs were going to be phased out when I was in an LPN program in 1984. I graduated and worked as an LPN for 24 years with that threat hanging over my head, (obviously, I wasn't too worried about it), before returning to school for my ASN in 2009. Even then, I returned for economic reasons. Once I received my RN license in 2010, I began casually pursuing the BSN because the company did a system-wide, multi-hospital survey of the number of LPNs as well as the number of RNs that held Bachelor degrees in its system. Before, I was met with: you're just an LPN, we want RNs. Now, it's: you're just an ASN-RN, we're looking for BSN-RNs.

    For those of you who think there is even the slightest possibility that you will return to school, may I kindly suggest that you start the process as soon as you can while it is still on your own terms? At my current hospital, we employ LPNs and ASN-RNs. But, as LadyFree said, my past employer gave their LPNs an ultimatum of 4 years to complete the ASN. Four years is not a long time when you are knee-deep in responsibilities that requires you to work fulltime at the time that the mandate was handed down. I know of two nurses now who were doing well with working fulltime and attending classes but are forced to seek employment elsewhere because, due to the competitiveness of the nursing program and the fact that they didn't make the selection, they won't be licensed as RNs by the deadline....unless they manage to hit an online program hard and fast. And don't think the issues only lie with traditional programs. I wasn't even allowed to apply for the LPN-RN bridge program even though that college had invited me to apply to their honors program.


    same goes with BSNs. My hospital has not required it yet but I'm not planning on staying here too much longer because of the commute. Education at an advanced age is doable but can be difficult with all the added responsibilities of family, etc. And I don't want to stumble across the perfectly located job for me, only to find out that my being a more-than-experienced nurse is not enough simply because I don't have the right initials behind my name.

    Good luck with your educational paths, guys!
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