Very Frustrated and time is running out!!

  1. So I finally decided on going to a year and a half program that would get me a diploma in Practical Nursing, and then maybe continuing my education while working since most workplaces offer this, but am not quite sure of what type of bridge programs there are for this since it is only a diploma verses an associates.

    My new dilema is I emailed the hospital I want to work at eventually for some information, and they replied that they rarely hire LPN's, seeing as they are "mostly for nursing homes" (which I didn't think that was the case, but ok), and that they really only hire RN's and NA1 and NA2's (I think she meant CNA?).

    This frustrated me, because why would they hire someone with a certificate over an LPN? I need to get into some sort of school and time is running out, plus I don't exactly have 2-3 years for school which is why I originially decided to get my diploma in PN....someone please help me I feel so lost all of the sudden!!! I am in the Raleigh area, and the only real place there is is Wake Tech, but it is a 2 year program and I can't get into it until Fall 2010! Any ideas?
  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   Student4Now
    Yes its true there are some hospitals that do not hire LPN's. However, there are a lot of places that do. Physicians often hire LPN's for their private practices although you probably wouldn't get the same experience as in a hospital. The upside to that is you would have office hours, holidays off, less stress (I'm guessing on that one.)
  4. by   Nutmeg524
    That is true....I think the LPN would benefit me more in the end, no matter where I end up. It is more of an education than a CNA and it will open more opportunities for me, rather than becoming a CNA and working my way up in the hospital, which this woman suggested. If anything, I can get experience and see what I like, and if I still want to work in a hospital, I can find a bridge program to become an RN, since those are in desperate need here! Thanks for the reply..I am a little more comfortable with the idea today than I was yesterday! lol!
  5. by   DolceVita
    None of my local hospitals hire LPNs. Why not go the ADN/RN route. At our local college you can take your LPN qualification after the first year. Yours probably does the same.
  6. by   Nutmeg524
    I've never heard of ADN? What is that? And I can't get into my local college for ANY nursing programs until next fall
  7. by   DolceVita
    Quote from Nutmeg524
    I've never heard of ADN? What is that? And I can't get into my local college for ANY nursing programs until next fall

    ADN = associates degree in nursing (which includes prep for state boards for RN license)
  8. by   Nutmeg524
    ooo ok yea I know what that is! U had me worried for a minute there! lol!
  9. by   mrflynn0907
    Most of the hospitals in my area are going that route too. Not hiring LPNs and only having CNA's and RN's.
  10. by   shann106
    Sorry, but the only places that hire LPN's in my area are indeed nursing homes.

    I used to work in a large mutli=specialty clinic that employed nearly 500, and they also did not hire LPN's. I now work at an Urgent Treatment center and they also do not hire LPN's.
    Hospitals do not hire LPN's because they cannot pass narcotics or do IV pushes.
  11. by   NeoNurseTX
    They aren't hiring someone w/ a certificate over an LPN. The aides have a totally different role than what the nursing role an LPN or RN would have in that facility. They ARE hiring an RN over an LPN though.
  12. by   Student4Now
    Yes imho, its kind of silly though that most hospitals choose not to hire LPN's. From what I have heard, the workload for both the RN and the CNA can be pretty gruesome at times. One would think that an LPN would be very appreciated for the all of the things they can do, and not left out because of a few things that they cant. "One would think.":wink2:
  13. by   Nutmeg524
    Exactly, but money talks, and it is a lot cheaper for them to just not hire LPN's. Thanks for all the responses, I am now narrowing down 2 different schools and deciding whether I will go the CMA route, or the CNA route. Both very different, but just as much hard work and rewarding. I think if I went the LPN route I may be biting off more than I can chew, and I don't want my only option to be a nursing home, since that seems to be the only place hiring LPN's around my area.
  14. by   LVN-RNhopeful
    Have you looked at Watts School of Nursing in Durham? I don't think there's a waiting list, but I'm not quite sure how the application process works. It was a school I was considering when I lived in Raleigh. Why not complete your RN if possible. Just a thought.

    Good luck!