LPNs in Children's Hospitals?

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Can anyone tell me if they work in a children's hosptal that employs LPNs? I'm seriously considering going to back to nursing school. The problem is I had a hell of time with some of my pre-clinical classes. That is why I'm asking about LPNs because I feel I could never handle the studying involved in becoming an RN.

meanmaryjean, DNP, RN

Specializes in NICU, ICU, PICU, Academia. Has 45 years experience. 7,899 Posts

Our only LPNs work in the outpatient side.

LadyFree28, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics, Rehab, Trauma. Has 10 years experience. 8,427 Posts

Our only LPNs work in the outpatient side.

Same here.

If you want to work in Peds as a LPN, you can as a home health private duty nurse; if you want that inpatient side, at least in my area, you have to shoot for the RN.

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 12 years experience. 1 Article; 13,952 Posts

Rarely, often only outpatient departments and medical offices within the facility. I've big heard of an LPN in PICU in quite a few years due to scope of practice limitations.

SDALPN

SDALPN

Specializes in Peds(PICU, NICU float), PDN, ICU. 997 Posts

I worked NICU/PICU/ICU a few years back as an LPN. Some hospitals will hire us, but its hard to find. Much easier if you go for RN. I did the RN pre-reqs and they weren't much different from LPN. Most classes were the same.

~PedsRN~

~PedsRN~, BSN, RN

Specializes in Acute Care Pediatrics. Has 4 years experience. 826 Posts

There are no LPNs at my hospital, and most new hires have 4 year degrees.

LoveMyBugs, BSN, CNA, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics. 1,316 Posts

I have seen job adds for the outpatient departments for LPNs, there is only one LPN in my hospital who's scope is limited to that of a CNA II. She was grandfathered in, as they do not hire LPN's anymore

HazelLPN, LPN

Specializes in Adult ICU/PICU/NICU. Has 54 years experience. 490 Posts

I have seen job adds for the outpatient departments for LPNs, there is only one LPN in my hospital who's scope is limited to that of a CNA II. She was grandfathered in, as they do not hire LPN's anymore

An incredible insult to her education to force her to work as a CNA, because she's a nurse, not an aide and is legally held to the standards of the license that she earned. I only hope she is paid as an LPN.

MeganNYRN

MeganNYRN

Specializes in Pediatrics. Has 5 years experience. 44 Posts

Nope you have a shot as a two year degree RN but most big teaching hospitals are preferentially hiring BSN( four year RN) now.

KelRN215, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pedi. Has 15 years experience. 1 Article; 7,349 Posts

Zero LPNs employed in any capacity when I worked in a Children's Hospital.

jrt4

jrt4

244 Posts

An incredible insult to her education to force her to work as a CNA, because she's a nurse, not an aide and is legally held to the standards of the license that she earned. I only hope she is paid as an LPN.

How is this an insult to her education? She is making the choice to work at an organization that does not utilize LPNs in a primary role. This is not uncommon. In fact, I have known LPNs who choose to work in acute care in a support staff role because they are paid better and have better benefits than primary nursing jobs they can get in the area in non-acute care. I am not saying there are not LPN jobs out there in acute care, but they are not abundant in most areas.

LoveMyBugs, BSN, CNA, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics. 1,316 Posts

The CNA's in my facility get close to or over $20 an hour. Sure she could go work in a LTC with the title LPN. She still has the title LPN, but her scope is limited to support staff and not primary nurse. It is an awesome facility and she is great with our kids and families.