Why LPN?? - page 7

i often wondered why some people choose to become an lpn verses an rn, or why go for a 2 year program and just not go for 2 more years to get your bs? especially with the threatened lpn layoffs, the... Read More

  1. by   Rapheal
    If I had to do it all over again this is how I would have done it. Become an LPN first when my children were small, because the program is shorter and less expensive and I could have still cared for patients and be employed. Next, go to RN school because I would have many credits applied to the RN program.
    During nursing school LPNs were so nice and helpful to me on the floor. They were hardworking and taught me many things. I will always be grateful. I know that there are good and bad LPNs and RNs and it is not the degree or diploma, but the character of the nurse that makes for a good or bad nurse.
    My friend is a sophmore in a BSN program. She will complete the program when she is 49 years old. She will owe $60,000 in student loans when she is finished. That will translate to almost 10 years of payment if she pays $500 a month. For someone who is older it makes more sense to attend a ADN or diploma program. This way a person can work as an RN and receive tuition reimbursment from their employer (If they choose to work for an employer who has this option) while completing their BSN.
    Everyone is different, and not every path or choice will be the same. As for status-we are all part of the healthcare team. Good luck in your career.
  2. by   jnette
    Hey Suzy !

    I'll attempt to answer your question factually.

    I had always wanted to be a nurse, but you know, I never even considered RN. I truly WANTED to become an LPN for many, may years. What I liked about it was the "hands on", the skills. I saw the RNs stuck behind the desk most of the time, up to their ears in charting and other paperwork. Not my thing. I was truly under the impression that if I went the RN route, that's what I, too, would end up doing, and I shuddered at the thought.

    In the A.F. many moons ago, I was a med-tech (medic) and what we did was very similar to LPN civilian style. As a matter of fact, there were only RNs and medics.. no LPNs in the service. I LOVED every moment of it. So I had always thought if I ever got it together enough to go to finally be a nurse, I would do LPN.

    It wasn't until my current DON at the dialysis clinic where I started 6 yrs ago as a PCT called me into her office one day, sat me down, and said " Jnette, I have to tell you this...take it for what it's worth... you would make one FABULOUS RN."
    I was stunned. Speechless. What really did it for me was her genuine sincerity. A lot of people SAY things, kinda "off-hand", but she truly MEANT it, and it was evident.

    Perhaps I had never had enough confidence in mySELF to persue the RN route. I didn't think I could handle all the chemistry, math, and courses that weren't relative to the "hands-on" which I so dearly loved. I have the "other" brain, y'know? More favorable to arts, music, languages, etc.

    But that day was the defining moment for me. Her confidence in me and my abilities was the turning point. I shall remain eternally indebted to her, for she saw in me things which I did not. The DESIRE was there, yes, but SHE saw the ABILITY as well.

    Perhaps this is why some choose to go LPN as opposed to RN. I had a very broad education growing up, and knew what I hated...math, physics, chemistry... and knew that RN school would entail a lot of that. So I had chosen to avoid it and stick with what I loved.. hands on, and also avoid the paperwars.

    But I also know now, that had I gone LPN, I would have wanted then to go one higher yet... I would have wanted to "hang blood", etc. I would have seen things RNs were doing that I, too, would have wanted to do. It would have been like a little nagging voice inside of me which I could not silence.

    I am so glad I got the lead out and took her advice. I want you to know that I was a TERRIBLE student in all my growing up years.. the eternal daydreamer, just barely sqeaked by each year. I'm going to toot my own horn now and let everybody know that when you WANT something, and it INTERESTS you, it's a whole different story ! I graduated with a 4.0. !!! And all because one genuine, kind, sincere, and uplifting RN had the goodness of heart and mind to encourage another person to become all that she could be.

    Just some thoughts there on why some prefer to go the LPN route.

    Either way , let us celebrate each other. We're all one body and we all need each other. No part of this body is less valuable, we each play an important role, and would have difficulty functioning without each other. I know you were not implying anything different, and your question was an honest one. I appreciate the honesty.
  3. by   RainbowzLPN
    I'm going back to school to become an LPN. I had considered being an RN, but for where I am in my life right now, LPN is better for me. I will be working as a nurse sooner, & I can always go on to become an RN later, if I choose. Mainly, though, I decided to go the LPN route because I'll be a nurse, have more responsibility than now being a CNA, but I still want the patient interaction. I know all nurses have paperwork & stuff, but it just seems (where I work, anyway) that some of the RN's aren't too happy because they'd rather be in taking care of the patient, even just talking to them rather than typing out all the paperwork. We all work together, the RNs, LPNS, & CNAs... & that's the point of it all, right?? To be there for the patients & get them well enough to leave.
  4. by   jude11142
    I am also interested to hear where LPN's can't find jobs?? Here in CT, there are many openings for LPN's. As a matter of fact, usually in the Sunday paper, you will find them listed as RN/LPN, meaning that the job they are trying to fill, can be filled by either. Also, where I work, the RN's(only 4, the rest lpn's)do not see us as someone that they have to look after etc....BTW, I get paid $25/hr, much more than some of my RN friends who work in the hospital. So, the pay is good, for the most part working conditions are good.
    This subject of lpn vs rn has been overkilled. There is room for all of us.


    Originally posted by realnursealso/LPN
    I'm really interested where it is that LPN's can't find jobs? In my area it is no problem, and the pay is wonderful. Hey Suzy...the saying goes if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all. Guess I'll follow my own advise. I am so tired of this debate. It is on here in some form or another pretty often. Oh and Ann Landers says when someone asks a question that is anoying you are supposed to say: Why would you ask? Have a nice day.

  5. by   baseline
    LOL. Looks like all the advice to use search is turning up some old threads! That's ok. I'll answer answer the question!

    My plan was always to be either a nurse or a teacher. I had initially planned to go to the University of Buffalo do a year of liberal arts and try to settle on my major. However, my guidance counselor told me I would not get into college .... even junior college...because I wasn't bright enough. He recommended that I go to vocational school.

    Now before all the LPN's get their knickers in knots......THAT IS THE GUIDANCE COUNSELOR IN 1970 WHO SAID THIS!!! IT DOES NOT REFLECT THE OPINION OF THE WRITER!!!

    So I became an LPN. And although I still resent the poor advice of my counselor, I am eternally grateful for the education I received from my LPN instuctors. Learned things I will never forget and still use those skills today.

    I worked full time as an LPN and went on to achieve my AAS degree in nursing working full time nights and going to school full time. I was a deans list graduate and damn proud of it......guess my counselor missed something.....

    There have been many times when I have considered getting my BSN, but for many years I was so busy and very successful in my career without the added degree. Lets see.... asst mgr, supervisor, quality mgt , CEN, case mgr, critical care..team leader...I don't go on now because after all this time..... I no longer want to!! (GP)

    Wow. I think thats my longest post ever!!!!
  6. by   Q.
    Originally posted by jude11142
    I am also interested to hear where LPN's can't find jobs?? Here in CT, there are many openings for LPN's. As a matter of fact, usually in the Sunday paper, you will find them listed as RN/LPN, meaning that the job they are trying to fill, can be filled by either. Also, where I work, the RN's(only 4, the rest lpn's)do not see us as someone that they have to look after etc....BTW, I get paid $25/hr, much more than some of my RN friends who work in the hospital. So, the pay is good, for the most part working conditions are good.
    This subject of lpn vs rn has been overkilled. There is room for all of us.

    Hey Jude,
    Again, the thread is two years old - going on three. When I posted the thread, LPNs were being eliminated and there were not many job opportunities.
  7. by   jnette

    I do believe those who are taking offense to the thread are reading something into it that is not there. Yes, it's the old story, but I don't see Suzy as posting a new RN "VS" LPN here.. (as in "better than").

    I believe this is an honest question, desiring honest answers. I believe most of us asked ourselves the same question before we went to school at all... which shall I do? LPN or RN... and why? I believe Suzy is interested in knowing how we came to that decision in the end.

    I know there are many who truly enjoy being the helper, and not desiring any more responsibility than what they feel comfortable with. I used to thoroughly enjoy doing all these things to assist the RNs, and was proud to be a valued member of the team. I took pride in what I did and knew that I WAS, indeed, a great help to those who were needing such assistance... whether it was the RN or the patients. I also really enjoyed the patient contact. It was my fear of losing this contact that caused me to linger over my decision for many years.

    I think this is all Suzy was pondering.. what brought us to the decision we made... NOT a "better/worse" thread. Let's not take it as such.
  8. by   baseline
    yes, the original post date was March 25 2001. And ITA with jnette. Read the original post. And be aware of the date. It is confusing! I had to do a double take myself!!
  9. by   Spidey's mom
    It may be an old thread but I'm new so . ..

    I became an RN late in life

    I chose RN over LVN because in my area, LVN's mostly work LTC and while I love filling in at our LTC facility, I did not want to do that full-time. I was more interested in OB and ER.

    I originally out of high school had gone to college to get my Bachelor's in Social Work and was one year from graduating when "life" intervened and I had to quit.

    I'd go for my BSN if the University that offered it wasn't 3 hours away. I may still do it later.
  10. by   BBFRN
    Originally posted by Lynn Casey RN
    According to the boss she has started iv's in hundreds of neonates up to elderly?Where I work only RN's can start iv's and work in intensive care(where neonates would be).Only Dr's "run codes".Is she serious?Do LPN's run codes in the US?I am not slamming the boss but I am very confused.She sounds like she runs the ER?Considering the money theboss makes and the LPN qualifications and responsibilities I wonder what the difference is between LPN and RN in the US?Shorter course,more money?RUN CODES?Please clarify this for me.I'm scared to ask on the other post.Thanks!
    Yes, at least where I work (as an LPN for now), LPN's are IV certified and start IV's all the time. And yes, I have run many a code until the Doc arrived. But, I am one of the more experienced nurses on my floor, and the only ACLS certified staff nurse on nights right now. I can't push the Epi, but we don't get to that point until the Doc comes up to the floor, anyway. I can follow the protocols myself, or I can assist the RN with info he/she might need if said RN is unexperienced with a code. I always carry an ACLS pocket book to pull out if there is any question on what should be done, because it is understandable if said RN doesn't want to just take my word for it. In the end, the most important thing is that someone present knows what they're doing in the event of a code, whether it be an LPN, RN, etc., and I doubt the patient cares what their discipline is, as long as it's done correctly. Also, Theboss is not off the mark in stating what her payscale is- I'm in the same pay range (although I am PRN). I agree with the other LPN's who have stated time and finances as reasons for not going for an ASN, etc. in the first place. Getting your LPN first can work to your advantage in several ways, especially if you plan to persue an RN degree. It worked for me in that it has given me an advantage of experience to use in furthering my nursing education, plus my employer covers my tuition. I struggled financially for one year of LPN school, but I don't have to for the remainder of my education, and for me, that's a big plus.
  11. by   BBFRN
    OMG!!! I should have read the posting date (or at least all of the replies before I even bothered to answer)!!! I need more sleep!
  12. by   night owl
    Originally posted by Susy K I guess I don't see what's so offensive when people question me about my career choice. When they ask me why I became an RN or why I didn't go to medical school or even currently, why am I in grad school and NOT going for an NP, I simply explain my reasonings for my choices.
    Why do you even question someone's choice in the first place? I feel that if it's MY choice, it's just that... my choice. I'm certainy not any less of a person because of my choice because I am still a nurse and am stll needed in the health care field. If someone asks me why LPN and not RN, I reply, "Because that's what I choose to be and I'm happy with my choice." and leave it at that. I feel that I don't have the need to explain my family problems or my financial history, or even if whether or not I'm going on to school in the future. I can't remember the last time I ever asked anyone why did they become a lawyer, a car mechanic, a priest, a teacher, a plumber or a garbage collector. I figured they knew what they were doing when they made that choice. I Feel Good with my mine.
    Last edit by night owl on Mar 15, '03
  13. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    I was an LPN for 6 and a half years before becoming an RN. I had intended to go straight for RN. But, the waiting list was so long at the college in my area, that only the candidates that already had nursing experience (and top grades) could get into the RN program. So, I went for LPN, but there was a wait there too!

    So... I became a CNA. I worked as a CNA for 3 years while getting my LPN.

    Yes, I went to college, full-time for 3 years to get my LPN. The "one-year practical nursing program" comes in to play, only after all prereqs are completed.

    With having to get my CNA first (one college semester, full time), then, my LPN prereqs, and start on my RN prereqs before I was even accepted into the PN program, it took THREE full-time years to graduate as a PN.

    Then, I moved and my new college had different requirements.

    So, all-in-all, I have gone to college full-time for FIVE years. Iam an RN with an AAS in nursing, and I have 127 college credit hours.

    I am VERY glad I was an LPN before becoming an RN. And, I am very glad I was a CNA before becoming an LPN.

    I did not want to do it that way, but was required to, due to the waiting lists and fierce competition to get into the nursing programs at my college.

    I'm glad I had my CNA and LPN experiences.

    They've been a distict advantage for me as an RN.