How Many Of You LPNs Decided To Go a Step Further Into RN??

  1. You know, Im not into the LPN program as of yet but Ive always said that I'd be content with LPN and that I wouldnt do the RN thing. Ive heard from a few friends that they thought the same way but once I do become an LPN, that I'll have a change of mind and would want to be an RN......

    I guess my question is if any of you felt this way and later decided to go on to RN. If so, why?
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  3. by   LEN-RN
    I was a LPN and went back and got my RN. When I was in LPN school I had no intentions of going any further. But after working as an LPN I experienced some things that changed my mind. I was doing the same thing as the RNs but the pay was less, and there was less opportunity for advancement. Hospitals in my area don't hire LPNs. And even though it is WRONG, I felt that the RNs got more respect. And being a RN now, I do see it. Even though I know a lot of LPNs who are more experienced and are better leaders than some RNs I have worked with.

    And another reason I decided to get my RN was due to the sudden surge of LPN schools opening. My area is saturated and few job openings for LPNs right now.
  4. by   Lovely_RN
    Quote from LEN-RN
    I was a LPN and went back and got my RN. When I was in LPN school I had no intentions of going any further. But after working as an LPN I experienced some things that changed my mind. I was doing the same thing as the RNs but the pay was less, and there was less opportunity for advancement. Hospitals in my area don't hire LPNs. And even though it is WRONG, I felt that the RNs got more respect. And being a RN now, I do see it. Even though I know a lot of LPNs who are more experienced and are better leaders than some RNs I have worked with.

    And another reason I decided to get my RN was due to the sudden surge of LPN schools opening. My area is saturated and few job openings for LPNs right now.
    :yeahthat:

    This pretty much sums up my reasons for going back. I haven't passed NCLEX-RN yet but I'm looking forward to getting away from LTC and having more options. Hospitals in my area do hire some LPNs but not too many and they usually don't get specialty areas unless they were grandfathered in like 20 years ago.
  5. by   changeofpaceRN
    I was a LPN for 2 years before getting my RN. The jobs available to LPN's are limited in my area (many hospitals don't hire them). The type of job I wanted to do in public health requires you to have a RN degree. I noticed that so many more doors opened once I got my RN and it helps that the pay is better too. I just wanted "more" and I'm actually happy with my job now. I wasn't when I was a LPN because of where the jobs were...
  6. by   lsyorke
    LPN for 15 years and had no intention of going back from my RN...been an RN for 11 years now!
  7. by   Perpetual Student
    I started my LPN program with the intention of completing an LPN to RN program ASAP if I decided that nursing was what I really wanted to do. I just graduated from my ADN program last week. I'm going to start work toward a BSN this fall, too.

    I highly recommend that you look into the financial and job security benefits of continuing your education before ruling it out. Just another year of school (my LPN to RN program was 30 quarter hours) can greatly increase your income, and allow you to find work in numerous settings. As an LPN it has always annoyed me that coworkers who are completely inept RNs get paid more than me for much worse performance.
  8. by   metfan
    I went directly into the RN program from my LPN program. I am a follower and my good friend from LPN school was going to start the RN program. She said "come on...go with me....just take a class or two." I had no intention on going on. Well, now I only have two semesters left. Just nursing 3 and 4. All pre-req's are done. When school gets difficult and I have no life but school, I blame my friend. However, I am very glad I decided to go on. I am working as an LPN, making decent money and getting experience.
  9. by   Valerie Salva
    I was an LPN for 9 years and have been an RN for 9.

    The level of responsibility as an RN is much greater, in my experience.
    I am treated better, and listened to more. Plus the pay is much better.

    I work in a specialty which rarely employs LPNs, though I would love to work with one. I'm often the only nurse on a unit, and it would be great to have someone to share nursing duties and collaborate with.
  10. by   NC Girl BSN
    I went to LPN school because I was denied into a ADN program. I completed the program know that I was going to immediately enroll in Excelsior college RN program. Graduated 12 months after enrolling and worked as a LPN in LTC while in school. In a way, I am so glad it worked out because I got $2 more the the new grad RN's because I had 16 months experience as a LPN.

    When I got my RN, the doors of opportunities opened. I went from only being able to work in LTC to working to getting 3 job offeres in hospitals. my patient load went from 1:30 to 1:4. Its great!
  11. by   kantuta
    I am a LPN and I will start my pre-reqs this fall to get into the RN program. The reason?, well they are more jobs and respect for RNs. The pay is better and the opportunities are amazing. In my area hospitals do not hire LPNs and ,to be honest with you, I love the hospital, I just think that the hospital is where the action is, it is the place where you learn a lot and become a real nurse. When I was in school , during my clinicals I went to different hospitals and my dream was work in one of them, so as soon as I get my license I look for a open position but everything was for RNs, so now my dream is..lets say ..on hold for a little bit while I am getting my RN.

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