No more LPNs? - page 3

I have been hearing here lately that LPN positions are being eliminated and being replaced with RN positions only. How much of this is true, and if so what is the rationale? Just wanted your thougts?... Read More

  1. by   michelios19RN
    Could some give em a definition for ALF and LVN? I think that LVN and LPN are the same thing but I want to know what the letters stand for.
  2. by   flightnurse2b
    Quote from mcjones19
    Could some give em a definition for ALF and LVN? I think that LVN and LPN are the same thing but I want to know what the letters stand for.
    ALF: assisted living facility

    LPN: licensed practical nurse
    LVN: licensed vocational nurse

    LPN and LVN are interchangable, i think the states that use the LVN title are texas and california.
  3. by   TuTonka
    Quote from flightnurse2b
    ALF: assisted living facility

    LPN: licensed practical nurse
    LVN: licensed vocational nurse

    LPN and LVN are interchangable, i think the states that use the LVN title are texas and california.


    U R absolutely correct.
  4. by   pagandeva2000
    I continue to hear this ominous threat occasionally. Maybe it is because I am happy as an LPN, but it bothers me because it seems that some people really don't want for LPNs to flourish in their careers.

    I have seen the pendulum swing from one side of the fence to the other..."We need RNs" to "We have to use LPNs because we can't afford too many RNs". Then, temporarily, they either expand the LPN role/scope without monetary compensation, or make them fall back into line. I doubt if this would be a permanent situation, even if it were true.
  5. by   MotivatedOne
    I haven't read all of the replies to this post so I'm not sure whether or not this was previously mentioned but LPN's are still being hired here in NC...Especially at the prison camps and LTCF's but either way experience is experience!
    Last edit by MotivatedOne on May 6, '09 : Reason: typos
  6. by   msavlpn
    Quote from Nurse2184
    I was just lucky...landed an interview and was hired on the spot. I am thankful for all the experience I have gained. I just work postpartum...only RNs are hired for labor and delivery.
    Congratulations.
  7. by   rita359
    This seems to run in cycles. Years ago a hospital I worked in tried going to an all rn staff. At that time it did not work and lpns were hired again. My view is that the goal of an lpn should be to get an rn as soon as he/she can anyway. Lpns are used in ltc and dr offices so there is definitely a place for them even if it is not hospitals.
  8. by   texastaz
    Quote from changeofpaceRN
    I can't imagine medicaid/medicare paying for ALL RN's in a LTC facility. That just doesn't make sense financially when LPN's can do much of the same things- they have a hard enough time paying them as it is! I also know a lot of doctor's offices hire LPN's and MA's (unless it's a specialized area like plastic surgery, OB or oncology ect..).
    The above post says it all - pay for LVN vs RN in LTC. I have seen high end LTC facilities (other than the DON)RNs are weekend only. Several hospitals in my area hire RNs only - but in the Rehab facilities there are several LVNs.

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