Quote from Emma123
I'm currently in an LPN program, 4 weeks into it to be exact. I could either take my board and stop at LPN, or go for another year for my RN.
School is a lot of work; I'm taking 17 credits and have five kids. I'm very exhausted already, and I'm sure it's going to get worse when clinical rolls around next week.
My question is this: I'm contemplating to go on for my RN or waiting for a while and working as an LPN.
Could anyone point out the major differences in duties between LPN/RN:
In the med/surg setting
Or any other settings?
Also, I have quite a nasty shoulder problem and so the bulk of physical work I would need to take into consideration as well.
Thank you in advance
Emma...where do you live? LPN responsibilities differs from state and facility. Where I work the LPN can give IV push meds through peripheral and central lines, hang blood, chart, start IVs, draw blood from central lines and D/c central lines, and perform every and any procedure the RN does...Unfortunately, she gets paid alot less than I do. This really means nothing to you unless you work in my hospital.
Is your shoulder injury a new issue or is it going to be a chronic one? This will make a difference when you are deciding.
Long term care (LTC) is very hard, demanding, physically & emotionally draining--that wouldn't be appropriate for you if your condition is always going to be an issue.
Med/Surg is just as equal as LTC.
Your best bet is a Dr's Office... It all depends on what you find rewarding.
Consider all your options..don't let anyone tell you NOT to finish LPN school.
If it is a money issue (because money is the biggest motivator)...start RN school after you receive your LPN. The choice is up to you! There isn't a right or wrong path to take!! Good luck!