Why LPN?? - page 8

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   Brownms46
    Congrats on enduring your struggle to obtain your goal! You're a definitely one determined nurse!
  2. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Originally posted by Brownms46
    Congrats on enduring your struggle to obtain your goal! You're a definitely one determined nurse!

    If your reply was meant for me, my sincere thanks.
  3. by   nurseygrrl
    I became an LPN because at the time I started school, there were rumors that RNs were going to be eradicated except for doing paperwork. I'm not a paperwork kind of girl, so I chose LPN. Also, I've always wanted to work in LTC, so LPN was a good choice for me.

    Where I work, a nurse isn't respected for his or her degree, but for the knowlege and skill he/she holds. I have the hardest unit at my SNF. I've been working there almost a year and we've been through 5 RNs because they couldn't handle the stress. My friend Vicky and I (LPNs) are still there trudging away, sharing charge nurse duties because no RN can hack it long enough to take that responsibility. Now, I'm not bashing anybody, but I find it demeaning for someone to say I'm working 'under' an RN. I have my own license, thank you.

    Like I've said in other threads, I don't believe you learn anything about nursing until you hit the floor. Nursing is not a profession learned in school and no degree is better than another, it's experience that counts! Heck, I'm sure most of us nurses can say we've even learned a thing or two from CNAs when we were new...I know I can!
  4. by   yannadey
    this thread maybe 2-3 years old but look LPN's are still here working & in demand
  5. by   Ortho_RN
    HerEyes73... All I can say is I envy you people whether LPN or RN that work LTC... It is not my cup of tea.... I work on an Ortho floor and we are also a floor that can't keep people, no matter whether they are LPN, RN or PCA/CNA... Once they realize how hard it is, and how much work it is.. They tend to tuck their tails and go back to some of the less demanding floors... I just laugh, b/c I am used to it...
  6. by   Q.
    Originally posted by night owl
    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 guess I question someone's choice because, stupidly, I felt that's how we learn.
  7. by   Brownms46
    I'm very sorry Hellllllo Nurse for being too lazy to type those l's , but yes I totally was refering to you in my post. As I respect the fact that you had a goal, and you pursued it until you reached it! I admired people who are driven, and go after what they want in life. And you're very welcome indeed
    Last edit by Brownms46 on Mar 15, '03
  8. by   angel 4
    Maybe in your area, LPN's are laid off but not in my area. I think we should be concerned about giving the best care to patients. I am an LPN student and the reason why I am in the LPN program because of financial reasons and to have some experiences so that I can continue my education as a nurse. I would never ask someone why LPN. Nursing school is hard period whether it is LPN or RN. I've been to both programs and I felt that I've learned more from the LPN program than the RN but that was because of the school I attended. However, that is my opinion and experience. I think you should choose a route that is comfortable for you. LPN's and RN's are all nurses. All my instructors were LPN's before they became RN's and they never regret it because it prepared them to continue their education and become RN's. I hope this help you to be more open-minded Suzy K and C. Lo.
  9. by   night owl
    And what have we learned so far? That whenever you ask someone why LPN, you'll get a different answer...no two answers are ever the same.
  10. by   night owl
    And what have we learned so far? That whenever you ask someone why LPN, you'll get a different answer...no two answers are ever the same.
  11. by   Q.
    Ok I am getting annoyed.

    It's one thing to do a search and look at old threads or topics and read them, but it's another to do that and comment to the OP as if they just wrote the thread yesterday.

    #1. I wrote the original post nearly three years ago. At the time, LPNs were eliminated from most specialty areas in my hospital - namely, CCU, ICU, L&D and ER. I'm sure things are drastically different now, as one would expect. So please keep the date of the post in mind when responding.

    #2. If you are offended at being asked why you became a nurse, and why you chose the LPN route, then my advice to you is not to respond. Children/teens/those considering a career change very much so ask people why they chose their particular field. I have never been offended by people asking me and have never encountered people IRL who were offended either. Frankly, I have no clue why anyone would be. It's not an offensive question. It is if you make it so.

    #3. The catalyst for my asking this question three years ago was because an LPN I had worked with had lamented several times how she wished she could work L&D, but couldn't because she was an LPN. I wanted to ask her if she wanted to work in L&D so much, why did she choose the LPN route - but I never got the chance as she was laid off before I could.

    #4. To the poster who said I should be open-minded, why yes, thanks for making my case for me. That's the reason I ask questions ya know...to um, be open-minded and not make assumptions.

    #5. Night owl, yes we have learned very different answers to the question. Which is why there should be a question in the first place. Much to learn about people, isn't there?

    Ok I am done with my rant. Please people, read the posts and realize the date and don't respond to me as if I just posted this entire thread yesterday. K?
  12. by   RNonsense
    Wow...this ressurrected thread needs to be beaten back to death...
  13. by   NsgTiger
    Call me stupid but...what are the limitations of a LPN? I've heard they can't do IV push meds but what else? I can not tell the difference on the floor.