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Anyone Just Interested in Being an LPN, and not an RN

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Right here! I love being an LPN, and could not picture doing anything else.  You can make as much or more as an RN too if you get enough home health patients, work a specialty JOB like wound care, Trach care, vents.  

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I have been a LPN for 8 years. 3 years ago I caved and went back for my RN. I didn’t do it because I really wanted to, but because I was tired of everyone saying “ you are just a LPN” or “you have to go back and get your RN”. I quit my 3rd semester. I had an A the first 2 semesters and was passing my 3rd when I quit. I hated it! I finally sat down with my husband and told him I didn’t want to be a RN. I was fine with being “just a LPN”.  He was behind me 100%. I haven’t regretted that decision except for knowing I quit something. I am happy as a LPN.

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When I first graduated with my LPN, I had zero intention to ever go back for my RN and thought I could live comfortably without the extra education...however after working as an LPN for over two years at a specialty clinic and getting paid about the same as a fast food or retail high end retail employee, I realized I don’t really have much of a choice but to go back to school now. Of course that’s not my only reason I want to go back as there’s other things about being an LPN that bugs the crap out of me (can’t “educate” even on something basic like taking a stool softener if you’re constipated), can’t use certain skills that only an RN can do now even though an LPN is still quite capable of it (at the place I work LPNs get to do less and less by the year and are confined to basically secretary work). Also I feel like management always gives the RN’s more respect and special treatment. I’m kind over the limitations of an LPN and not being given the pay and respect as we should because we work just as hard as any other of the health professions. But then again I’m sure most of this has to do with location and employer.

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On 7/8/2019 at 3:46 PM, Kristi Garner Blakely said:

I have been a LPN for 8 years. 3 years ago I caved and went back for my RN. I didn’t do it because I really wanted to, but because I was tired of everyone saying “ you are just a LPN” or “you have to go back and get your RN”. I quit my 3rd semester. I had an A the first 2 semesters and was passing my 3rd when I quit. I hated it! I finally sat down with my husband and told him I didn’t want to be a RN. I was fine with being “just a LPN”.  He was behind me 100%. I haven’t regretted that decision except for knowing I quit something. I am happy as a LPN.

What did you hate about learning to think like and RN?  How did the RN education differ from your LVN education.

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46 minutes ago, Queen Tiye said:

What did you hate about learning to think like and RN?  How did the RN education differ from your LVN education.

For me it was more about focusing on hospital vs nursing home. I know nursing homes employ RNs, but where I live they focus more on the hospital setting and it just wasn’t for me. I have lots of friends that graduated from LPN school with me that are now RNs. It just wasn’t for me and I am proud to be a LPN.

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I'm content as being LVN as well. I've work at the nursing home before, I got burned & stressed out. It is not for me! I also dont want to work in the hospital because of the stress & liability with it. As long as you are content & happy & live w/in your means. You will be ok!

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