Are LPN's being phased out? - page 6

I know people have been saying for years that everyone would need a BSN and LPN's would be a thing of the past, etc. Well, so far, where I work (a large, magnet hospital) there are still many, many... Read More

  1. by   renge1

    I am in GA and where i work they stated in April 2010 that they were not hiring any more LPN's and they suggest we get an RN, preferably a BSN...........Sept 2010 CNO (chief nurse officer) stated that 1) if you are and ADN and hold a management position she is suggesting that you go for you BSN or you won't have the position. 2) also states as of 2012/2013 there won't be ADN in hospitals only BSN....not sure how accurate this is or where she obtained her info.

    My friend in NC has a coworker that just obtained her ADN, went to apply at hospitals to work and was told they want a BSN.
  2. by   imorfa23
    I graduated Dec 2010 LPN. No job for me, every time I apply " at least one year"
    it is so sad.... I pay 14,0000 the second person passes N-CLEX for what for nothing...............
  3. by   judybsn
    In British Columbia RNs are being replaced in nursing homes by LPNs these days. There is one RN on each shift in a supervisory capacity but the LPNs do the meds and oversee the residents care. This is a new movement in the last year, which has left many RNs scrambling for jobs. The new LPNs are finding it almost impossible to get into the hospital though, not because they are phasing LPNs out but because so many are being trained (1 year course) and there just isn't spots for them all. In this part of the world it would appear that opportunities for LPNs are expanding rather than diminishing. However if you prefer hospital nursing, your best bet is still an RN.
  4. by   imorfa23
    Here in South Florida is very hard to find a job at least you have a connection. My friend know a Lady who work for Mercy Hospital as soon she graduated she get the job making 20.00 just because the Lady in charge. I feel happy for her, but is very sad for others. Iam been looking I send 50 application nursing homes nothing ..... I do not know what to do anymore........... No money in my pocket........ Iam just a broke poor new graduate LPN
  5. by   tralalaRN
    In the two hospitals I've worked at, LPNs were definitely being phased out. However, outside of the hospital setting, I see that they still are very much employed and employable. A good friend of mine finished nursing school 3 years ago at the top of her class. Shortly after, she met someone, moved to the upper Midwest (northern MN), and found she was absolutely unemployable with a 2 year RN nursing degree and middle aged, despite having breezed through nursing school pretty much.

    What she DID find was, that the rural clinics in her area have NPs rather than MDs, and under the NPs, they have LPNs for clinic care. NO RNs. She even applied as an RN for 2 of the open LPN positions, but they said no - had to be an LPN. She eventually did find employment after a year or so of seaching in home care.

    I am also seeing LPNs still in VA long term care, home health care in my area. Hospitals though, not so much, at least where I live.
  6. by   muffylpn
    I have been at my hospital 21 yrs we do not hirew LPNs but the 4 of us that remain are told we will always have jobs as long as the hospital is open. And let me say this. On 11-7 it is
    1-RN and 1-LPN and one CNA. If we ( the 2 LPNs at night go) both of our RNs get a pay cut of almost 150.00 a month cause no more full time charge so in my opinion not a bad babysitting gig
  7. by   KaringOne
    [quote=JSlovex2;5026971]this is exactly the attitude i've seen lately. with RNs working short staffed, they are tired of "babysitting" the LPN's so to speak. at one time, there were enough RNs on the floor that it wasn't such a big deal for them to "cover" the LPNs, but now - they're lucky to get their "own job" finished without having to go behind a LPN. i've even seen brand new grads be charge nurses over LPNs who have years of experience. it just makes no logical or financial sense.[/quote

    Puh-Lees. "Babysitting" an LPN? Really? Don't you know that as an LPN I've had to remind many healthcare workers (that have the title of RN behind their names) how to do their own jobs? And some of these things are just plain common sense. I can't understand the attitude of some RN's that they're just so much better than LPNs. I've worked with some ****-poor RNs where I've often wished they had never received a degree because they obviously don't know what to do with it. Just the same as I've worked with some LPNs that I wondered how they ever even got their license & thinking that maybe we need to raise the bar a little bit. On the other hand, I've worked with some great RNs & LPNs that don't let their titles go to their heads & actually get out there & work their *sses off. Plus you do realize that there are only a couple of things that an RN can do that an LPN can't legally..but that doesn't mean that we don't know how to do it. I truly believe that it depends on the area or facility that you work at. LPNs getting phased out? Not where I'm at.
  8. by   annamaria32
    I can tell you here in Colorado, LPN's are used quite a bit. I work in a clinic where there are always LPN postings. Actually, the RN's don't seem to have as much clinic experience for some reason. Not to bash RN's, but the LPN's run the show and do all the work.
    Hope that helps.
  9. by   quila_2001
    I work in a hospital in Ohio and they are firing any LPNs from acute care staff that are not in RN school by May.
  10. by   billyboblewis
    There are always a few institutions that experiment with different title mixes for one reason or another. But basic economics which apparently most nursed dont take is the reason why LPN's have job security. As far as achieving magnet status some institutions are not in a competitive situation where this is necessary. My sister works at a hospital in NJ that does not feel the need to spend money for this. They are the only hospital in the immediate area. Of course there are some hospitals that have phased out LPN's or cna's or ADN rn's. They are in the minority and will remains so because everyone in the nation is subject to the laws of economics.
  11. by   eCCU
    Hospitals yes, especially if you work in one that's seeking magnet status. We nolonger have LVNs as a matter of fact not even hiring ADNs any longer.
  12. by   sunshine1973
    I have been an LPN for 20 years and we are not being phased out. Many hospitals might not be hiring LPN's but that doesnt mean our jobs will be gone. I currently work in long term care and as medicaid has tightened down on fiscal budgets and spending, they can not afford to replace all LPN's with RN's. I am currently in a management position and an RN does have to sign off on my work, but I do the work, not the RN. For those of you who think LPN's are not capable of doing a good job, I am here to tell you I can work circles around most RN's. I am currently do the job of an RN. Many LPN's are very knowlegeable and are very capable of working in hospitals, I honestly feel that being an LPN prior to having my RN will make me a better RN in more ways than 1. Please think before you are quick to discredit the LPN and their role as nurses. Many nursing homes would shut down if they phased out LPN's due to the current budget cuts.
  13. by   starletRN
    To me it's not about whether someone is a LPN or RN. It's about the intelligence and work ethic of the individual. I've seen slackers in both groups and I've seen some great nurses in both as well.

    I have noticed that hospitals in my area are hiring fewer LPNs but that seems to be only with the hospitals. That is a shame because in my first nursing job I learned a lot from the LPNs on my floor.