Quote from laurennnxo26
This topic seriously irks me to no end. I myself am an LPN. I went to school for 18 months,went to every clinical, took the NCLEX, passed the NCLEX all for other people to assume LPN's aren't 'real nurses'. I worked my butt off to be able to call myself an LPN. I just don't seem it's fair to put down LPN's because of their title.
my best friend and I were having a conversation today about my new job and how it's a great opportunity for when I move on to get my RN. He said something among the lines of "it's a great experience for when you become a nurse!" I said "I'm a nurse now..." "oh when you get your RN I mean"
i suppose maybe I'm being sensitive of the topic or people just truly don't know what LPN stands for?
I was an LPN prior to becoming an RN, and an RN before getting my BSN. There weren't many individuals that looked down on me as an LPN, but the few that did have some nasty comments, were not the smartest peas in the field. In fact, later on, my LPN experience, with some decent RN experience got me a management position, their BOSS MAN
. Licensed Practical Nurse is an excellent entry position. On the other hand, licensed practical nurses are limited by law, therefore we can't really compare them as equal to Registered Nurses. Positives of being an LPN is the nursing experience. For each year of experience you get 1/2 year of Registered Nurse experience in Ohio. The availability of scholarships
to go from LPN to RN is pretty impressive. Excellent employment opportunities are available, but you do have to search a little. As an LPN I was making a whooping 41.56 an hour. Shorter time to get your RN if you do a bridge program. The negatives of the Licensed Practical Nurse are limitations and position availability. Some schools let you become an LPN without pre-requisite work, later, making it harder to get your RN. It takes about 9-12 months to become an LPN if you go to school full time. You go through nursing school twice. Pay varies from location to location, the lowest offer I received was $16/hr. LPN school is an investment and can cost you 10k or more. Is the Licensed Practical Nurse worth the investment? In my opinion ABSOLUTELY. Would I choose to be an LPN before an RN if I had to do it over again? ABSOLUTELY. Why? Many Registered Nurses I came to know sit in 40/60/80 or more thousand in debt. That's from school alone. Unacceptable for a position that starts you off at 65k. As an LPN you are a LICENSED NURSE. The body of education is less, therefore you are more of an assistive staff. Don't let the comments get to you, hold your head up, continue your education, make appropriate financial decisions, you will be on top of the nursing chain in the long run. Good luck.