Quote from Angela.RN2B
I am cuurently working towards my goal of becoming a Nurse, and I work as a PCA now. I was having lunch with a few BSN and they were telling me how im[ortant it is to get the BSN cause the Nursing field is about to change where you must have a BSN? Then one chimes in and says well whatever you do Don't become a LPN we dont hire them at this hospital we put them in the Nursing Home and you never want to get stuck working in a Nursing Home. I was shocked, then ever one started beating up on how awful LPN's are and they are a waste because they fail to become Real Nurses. I have never really heard anything good about being a LPN or Working in Long term care. Arent LPN's pad well and if your a LPN you are a real nurse or is it just the step before becomin a RN. Why is there so much negative talk. I was considering becominga LPN and doing a bridge program but now I am unsure. some input please on this profession and should I do the LPN program. Thank You
That is very unfortunate. I believe I read somewhere it was mentioned "we don't stick LPN's anywhere", which is true. Nursing home care is a choice. The nurse in charge of doctors offices for the most part are LPN's. I have had the same disrespect with my years of ER experience with some RN's looking down on EMS, so I can understand EXACTLY how you feel!
My personal opinion
with LPN and RN is that for one the pay difference is huge (ballpark of $5-$8/hr or more). If you start as a LPN and decide later to transition to RN all of the pre-reqs for the RN program must be completed prior to applying eventhough you have your LPN. You almost spend more money in the long run paying for both RN & LPN school. The fast track is not really "fast".
Secondly, when you work in the hospital as a LPN you may pick up "real world" habits and that can hurt you. Now, this is my opinion. I have learned that years of experience (I had about 10 with ER, OR & EMS) made it more difficult for me to change my ways strictly out of pure habit. For example, I have done TONS of foley caths and during my skills check off my instructor failed me and made me redo it. I had bad habits and trying to retrain my brain was hard. You know the whole old dog, new tricks thing... anyways.
As for the whole BSN thing and where nursing is going... whatever. If you want to go into management, work as a charge nurse, ANM or NM then yes go for your BSN. It's not like the hospital is going to make all of the 2yr nurses leave until they have a degree. If it becomes a requirement later then the hospital should pay for it. I personally hate
management with a passion and if I chose to get my BSN in the future it is for my own gratification. Upper management and administratiors usually require MSN. It's a choice on what path you want to take in your career.
Pay no mind to the people who look down on other positions. It is sad, very common and usually misunderstood. Remember when you told people you were going into nursing and they ALL said "WOW, you can go anywhere with that and you will have so many choices", well you still can!!! GOOD LUCK!
**I took my NCLEX for the 2nd time today, I am praying and hoping it paid off, more experience hurts you in the long run, and that is how "I" feel about it***