Facility where I work (LTC/Subacute/Rehab) has been on a big push to hire RN's. When LPN's quit they are not replaced with LPN's, but RN's instead. There has been a growing rumor that LPN's will be phased out here which I think is a terrible mistake due to the years of experience our LPN's have.
I have been told that when the LTC/Subacute/Rehab units are ranked that RN hours are heavily weighted in factoring ratings.
Key problem we have are that most RN's -least the ones I know, do not want to work LTC..they want to work in hospitals or other specialty areas.
I always wanted to be a geriatric nurse so I feel right at home, but many of my fellow RN's just work LTC to get that golden year of experience then leave, or more often then not, they make it through orientation then promptly quit as LTC is not what they want to do. So this big transition to RN's only is rather haphazard and doesn't really endorse continueity of care.