LPN in ICU? - page 2

i am currently in school getting my LPN. my career goal is to be a CRNA. ive mapped out my academic path and i intend to work in the icu before i apply to a crna school... question is... are there... Read More

  1. by   nurseyNJNYC
    figured out my path...

    while im working as an LPN (not too sure where yet tho...) i will be working to get my ADN... as an RN i will work in ICU while working on my BSN... and then off to becoming a CRNA!

    anything can happen in the process, things may change.. but thats the plan so far...
  2. by   joyful nurse
    Our ICU just phased out last LPN, that had been "grandfathered" in. She was given a few years to go back to school to finish her RN and didn't follow through. We don't hire LPN's and can't even use agency LPN's.
  3. by   newmgr
    Delite,


    I admire and commend your efforts towards such a dedicated goal. I would suggest that instead of getting your LPN - to immediately get your RN via the ADN program. There are also many programs that will take you from RN to MSN - skipping the BSN part. This will save you time, money, and ultimately loads of frustration.

    I have seen many LPN's get stuck because of life responsibilities, job requirements, lower pay, and a plethera of other reasons. Its only a few more months for that ADN and the pay and job opportunities far outweigh the time invested.

    Currently in my high acuity Progressive ICU, or "step-down", we have a couple of LPN's working. This unit takes trachs, vents, drips, all post cath patients, all surgical, medical, trauma patients. Our LPN's can give IVP medications, they can even give Morphine and Ativan IVP up to 2mg. They can hang blood and TPN (Hyper-al) after it has been checked by an RN. Each state does differ when it comes to what LPN's can do. But it is correct that LPN's cannot perform assessments of any kind. What they can do is gather data, it is then up to the RN to assess the data and formulate the careplan.
    I wish you luck on your journey and I truly hope you get the support you need to complete it!
  4. by   bobnurse
    Quote from newmgr
    Delite,


    I admire and commend your efforts towards such a dedicated goal. I would suggest that instead of getting your LPN - to immediately get your RN via the ADN program. There are also many programs that will take you from RN to MSN - skipping the BSN part. This will save you time, money, and ultimately loads of frustration.

    I have seen many LPN's get stuck because of life responsibilities, job requirements, lower pay, and a plethera of other reasons. Its only a few more months for that ADN and the pay and job opportunities far outweigh the time invested.

    Currently in my high acuity Progressive ICU, or "step-down", we have a couple of LPN's working. This unit takes trachs, vents, drips, all post cath patients, all surgical, medical, trauma patients. Our LPN's can give IVP medications, they can even give Morphine and Ativan IVP up to 2mg. They can hang blood and TPN (Hyper-al) after it has been checked by an RN. Each state does differ when it comes to what LPN's can do. But it is correct that LPN's cannot perform assessments of any kind. What they can do is gather data, it is then up to the RN to assess the data and formulate the careplan.
    I wish you luck on your journey and I truly hope you get the support you need to complete it!
    To say getting your LPN is a waste of time is not true.....Here you can take a fast track/accelerated RN program which is 10 months long. You bypass the first 2 semesters. So its not really a waste of time. But you are true in the fact that it does delay many LPN's from reaching their ultimate goal of getting their RN due to financial reasons. But to say its a waste of time is making a bad statement. I would think every state has the availability of LPN"s taking an accelerated program. Maybe im wrong.
  5. by   newmgr
    I did not mean to imply that getting a LPN was a waste of time, only that there were faster ways to reach the ultimate goal of CRNA. There are some people who believe that you "have" to follow the progression of LPN, ADN, BSN, MSN. That is simply not the case. I was hoping to provide alternatives to help expidite Delite's progression.
  6. by   nurseyNJNYC
    i know i dont have to follow a certain progression, but its what it going to work for me... i have about 102 college credits from university, which im sure a big chunk of them will be carried over, so it wont really be that long... i am financially supporting myself throughout all of this, so the progression aids the ability for me to work and support myself as well as go to school... i also considered the availability of step programs in my area... i am already a third of the way through my LPN program and i am doing very well with my grades, and i am also class president... i dont think theres any stopping me now to start all over again to get my RN... i am not the type of person who doesnt keep working to attain a goal when i get "stuck"... but i am definitely open to any suggestions, advice, or information that anyone experienced has to share... i still have a long way to go...
  7. by   ICUnurseCCRN
    Hello ICU nurses. I am kind of new here. ICU nurse since 1992. Very busy with kids, school, yadda yadda !
    I suppose that this girl is getting her LPN first because of the waiting list in the RN programs?? We have a big problem where I am from. There are 2yr waiting lists for the ADN and BSN programs. The pcts (patient care techs aka nurses aids) are on the lists but obtaining an LPN degree until able to get in. Not a bad idea, just thinking that some might not want to return to the RN progams when they become available. I work at a level one trauma center, we have careflight, magnet status, etc....We take care of the sickest of the sick and unfortunately, we dont have staff. We are considering LPNs. No one wants it. More responsibility for the RNs and this could be a potentially dangerous situation. They will be glorified PCTs with the RNs picking up the slack. No offense to LPNs, please. Good luck to you !
  8. by   kjlewisrn
    I have worked in three different states at Level One Trauma Centers and each employed LPNs in the ICU...usually lower acuity patients and the LPN had to go through a short "critical care course" but absolutely go for it!
  9. by   hollyster
    We had one LPN whose was grandfathered into our CCU. She is the best nurse there. We used to tease that she forgot more on after a night out than most of us will every know. The RNs and MDs have the utmost respect for her. Godforbid anyone I knew would be admitted to the unit, she is the nurse I would want.

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