I keep reading that RN's have a lot more responsibilities (and may have even posted that myself after listening to others) than LPN's do. What are the additional responsibilities?
I read that LPN's do almost the same thing that RN's do but for a lot less pay. I have even had nurses (RN's) tell me that. Is this true?
As I am about to make my final decision regarding LPN school vs. RN school, I really need some answers.
Many thanks for your replies and blessings to all.
Apr 26, '07
In floor positions where I work the bedside RN and the bedside LPN do essentially the same thing - the assess, do treatments, medicate, total care care, etc. The beginning RN is going to make $5.00 to $7.00 more per hour doing the same thing.
Keep this in mind when deciding what to do.
Also note that only RNs in the hospital tend to advance beyond the bedside to charge nurse positions and other positions of authroity and responsiblity and higher pay.
Also note that accrediting organizations require RN level of care and many hospitals are limiting the amount of LPNs they hire, mine included. There is a freeze on hiring new LPNs. So jobs for LPNs sometimes are hard to come by for the new grad.
LPNs rule the nursing homes and long term care facilities here in this county in Florida. They enjoy a wide variety of job possiblities. They make much more money that hospital LPNs, are in charge and have an awesome responsibility.
My final word: get your RN for money and job opportunities. It's worth the extra time and money it takes.
Also note that there are many LPN to RN programs and many get their LPN first, work as a nurse and get their RN afterwards.
Lots to think about.
Last edit by Tweety on Apr 26, '07
Apr 29, '07
My facilty do not realy use LPNs. The few ones we have are very limited in what they do do. They get the easy patients. They do not do admission, discharge, patient teaching. They don't get patient on bipap, trach, vent, or patient on morphine drip. And if their patients condition change, the RNs take over. Last night one of the LPNs patients was ordered to be transfer to tele. for cardiac monitoring, I was the one that endorse the patient to tele. There are so many other things that LPNs do not do at my job. However, in the the nursing home the difference is not much at all. Salary wise, the difference is $12 bucks/hr. $34.50/$22.39 base
Last edit by Nursebarebari on Apr 29, '07