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Doing Away with LPN?

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chuchii chuchii (New) New

I have a question, I was told from a few people that they are going to be doing away with the LPN and will just have RN's and CNA's? I finished my CNA and was looking into the next step either LPN or RN but don't want to invest 11 months in a course if they are no longer going to take LPN's. I live near Orlando Florida. Has anyone ever heard this?

I've been hearing that for years, and believe its more of an urban legend than truth. In my area, LPNs are not utilized in the hospital setting as they used to be, but there are many LPNs in other areas of nursing. It may vary depending on area. Do some research into your area and the arena of healthcare you'd prefer to work in, then proceed from there. Interview the schools you're investigating.

Where I live, our hospital doesn't use LPN's but most of the clinic jobs hire LPN's instead of RNs.

Philly_LPN_Girl, LPN

Has 5 years experience.

It may depend on where you live. In my area, LPNs are no longer working at the major hospitals BUT, are at the hospitals in the more rural areas and further out. The LPNs are coordinated care workers. However, there are a crap load of LPN positions at agencies, home health, assisted living facilities, etc in my area and get paid well to.

My current hospital let all the LPNs go at the 1st of the year. The 2 previous hospitals I worked at would not hire LPNs and were encouraging the current ones to get their RN. The only places I've seen LPNs still being hired is long-term care and occasionally doctor's offices.

No they won't get rid of lpns just wot be able to get certain jobs. I've been hearing for years now that they wish to get rid of all 2 yr RN's an make all RN's get their BSN

TiredKitten

Specializes in psych. Has 2 years experience.

I've heard those rumors for years. I don't think LPNs will ever be completely gone, just not doing the traditional hospital floor nurse of the past.

The hospitals here have stopped hiring LPNs for floor nursing, but are still utilizing them in the various onsite clinics. I did run into one LPN that was working the cardio telemetry floor in the hospital I did my preceptor in. She worked the night shift and was grandfathered in, and it was a smaller hospital in suburbs.

LTC is a big employer of LPNs. So are doctors offices. LPNs can do those job, so financially it benefits the employer to pay an LPN a lower salary to do the work.

duskyjewel

Specializes in hospice.

I work as a CNA in hospice and we employ tons of LPNs. That's most of the reason I feel comfortable pursuing LPN first. Here in AZ they also work in LTC and assisted living, and doing home care.

nursel56

Specializes in Peds/outpatient FP,derm,allergy/private duty. Has 45 years experience.

No, they are not doing away with LPNs but if you are able to go into an RN program (because you said the next step could be LPN or RN) it's probably better to go straight for the RN. That way you will have lots more options once you graduate. Since there is no longer a nationwide nursing shortage it's always worth it to make yourself as marketable as possible as a new nurse. Best wishes to you!

In Long Island, NY yes this is true, LPN positions are nonexistent in hospitals but there are tons of positions available in nursing homes, clinics, doctors offices etc. So if your goal is to work as an LPN in a hospital unfortunately you may not have any luck with that. But rest assured that LPNs are needed in other facilities. Hope this helped.

BSNbeDONE, ASN, BSN, LPN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, LTACH, LTC, Home Health. Has 35 years experience.

Yep, heard that when I was in LPN school in 1984. Twenty-four years later, it almost became my reality so I returned for an ASN. Once I completed that, my then-employer did an organizational-wide survey to see how many RNs were in possession of a BSN. I figured I would wait another 24 years for the BSN move to hit my area, and began casually pursuing the BSN, nothing serious...just a core course here and there. Now, with 5 weeks left in my BSN program, I'm proud to say that I made a wise move because I have personally seen some of my very talented LPN friends lose their jobs to new-grad ASN/BSN RNs.

BSNbeDONE, ASN, BSN, LPN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, LTACH, LTC, Home Health. Has 35 years experience.

Oops. 3rd line, 8th word should read *wouldn't*. Sorry.:blink:

I've also been hearing that for years. I am in NC and they still haven't "done away with LPNS" I am currently an LPN student and already have a few jobs lines up. I say go for it and work your way up. Good luck =)

realnursealso/LPN, LPN

Specializes in Peds Homecare. Has 34 years experience.

:banghead: No LPN's are not being done away with! I bet if you did a search on Allnurses, you would find a ton of threads about this subject, and the answer is always no. In my area, LPN's are employed in hospitals as well as other places. Anyone who will tell you that, can never back up the statement with any facts or time table. The next time anyone says that, say show me the proof:facepalm:

shan409, ASN, BSN, LPN, RN

Specializes in Postpartum, Mother/Baby, Comm. Health, Geriatric. Has 6 years experience.

After more than 3 years waiting on 2 different RN (ADN) programs (one actually did select me to start last year but was not accredited through a nursing body, only state), I finally applied to an LPN program. I work as the lead pharmacy technician at a very busy hospital system in Detroit and they do not hire LPN's, but there are a few other hospital systems here that do hire them in their Rehab/LTC department/facilities.

I was accepted after about 7 months, and I plan on bridging through my nursing education. From my research and observation, bridging will get me through quicker. I start my LPN program in Sept. (just finished an associate degree in case MI opens and LPN-BSN that nots only online), plan on bridging LPN-RN, then RN-BSN. And then NP hopefully.

Best wishes to everyone that has nursing in their blood and is their passion. Keep the faith strong, grades high, and do what's best for you.