I have heard some time ago that LPN's were needed less. That places were taking nursing students in the jobs of LPN's and RN's were the ones that are were more in demand.
More recently, a friend of mine who's fiance is a nurse told me that LPN's are being taught much more then before ( I don't know if these things are technically allowed) and are preferred than RN's because of the difference in pay. He said RN's were too expensive and the way things are going now, LPN's will just receive on the job training and RN's will find it more difficult to find work.
What is more correct?
Generally the RN is moving more into a leadership, less hands on role, the pt navigator for instance. RNs still are the only ones in high speciality areas (ICU's, L&D, ER, SICKKIDS, onc.) however this is slowly changing especially in the last few years. Where I work RPNs can start IVs, but cant do IV meds, that's a facility thing, as it is within the RPN scope of practice. It depends where you want to work.
I am an RPN, getting my RN. I'm young, I enjoy school (as much as I hate it right now - currently procrastinating with AN), no kids, can afford school, make good while I'm in school so for me it was an easy option.
Last edit by Daisy_08 on Jun 13, '12