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LPNs? What do they do? Where can they work? Difference between LPN vs RN?

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TheCommuter has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a CRRN, now a case management RN.

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Many people ask the same repetitive questions about licensed practical nurses (LPNs). To some, their role in healthcare is shrouded in mystery. The intended purpose of this article is to answer a handful of these questions while facilitating more understanding regarding the unique role of the LPN. You are reading page 5 of LPNs? What do they do? Where can they work? Difference between LPN vs RN?. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

Glycerine82 has 3 years experience as a LPN and works as a Licensed Practical Nurse.

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I've four weeks until I graduate from my LPN program. Doesn't sound or seem possible, but there it is.

Thank you for this. I forget how far I've come sometimes, It seems like if one isn't an RN they're not taken seriously. I'm still in awe of just how much I've learned over these past 12 months!

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TheCommuter has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a CRRN, now a case management RN.

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I'm still in awe of just how much I've learned over these past 12 months!
And you will learn ten times more over the next 12 months during your first year of practice as an LPN.

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Diploma RN old school? I hope not because my school graduates about 50 a year...including me :)

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DoGoodThenGo works as a Entrepreneur - Business Owner.

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With all this push for making $15/hr. the new minimum wage (here in NY it could happen any day now), am wondering if acute care and other settings where LPs were pushed out will be brought back in lieu of aides and other UAPs.

By and large LPNs were phased out of NYC acute care hospitals years ago IIRC. *Think* some places still hire them but they work in other parts of the healthcare network, not necessarily on the floors.

Nursing assistants represented by union (usually 1199) here make around $17/hr. so am told. However those with no such connections can and often do make less. Am wondering if there is a point at which hospitals will find that if they must pay more it will prompt changes in job requirements/description that means going with someone who has a license.

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Unless youre approaching 50 then you are phased out and replaced with M.A.s by the larger hospitals...

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Inwas very confused about a supposed degree for LPN...bc in college we are taught this is the lowest degree there is for an RN, an ADN. And if the ANA has their way that will some time soon become obsolete. So I clicked the link. I don't know who added this, if it was the writer of the article...but they are incorrect. There is no degree in LPN just as we all know. This is an RN degree program with an LPN-RN track. meaning no LPN will have a degree until they complete the ADN degree to become an RN. LPN's are great resources for hospitals and Long term facilities. By don't misrepresent their education.

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Fiona59 has 18 years experience.

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Inwas very confused about a supposed degree for LPN...bc in college we are taught this is the lowest degree there is for an RN, an ADN. And if the ANA has their way that will some time soon become obsolete. So I clicked the link. I don't know who added this, if it was the writer of the article...but they are incorrect. There is no degree in LPN just as we all know. This is an RN degree program with an LPN-RN track. meaning no LPN will have a degree until they complete the ADN degree to become an RN. LPN's are great resources for hospitals and Long term facilities. By don't misrepresent their education.

I love a first post that is an attempt to slam.

Anyhoo. Up here in Canada, there is no such animal as an ADN. RN's have degree's from universities. LPNs attend community colleges and complete a diploma. Which takes two years and is based on our old diploma RN programme, which gasp used to be the equivalent of your ADN.

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I don't see how you could say this was to slam anything. The link was not correct. It was a link to a college that offered an LPN-RN degree. Now What was confusing to me is why anyone in the US (not Canada) would go to college for 70 credit hours to be an LPN...the average credit hours for an associated...so I checked the link provided. and it's inaccurate.

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Or st the very lest BSN's...our Associate degrees are being phased out. So where does that leave our LPN counterparts? It's sad because they are very valuable in hospitals. And then you may have an RN with years of experience passed up for a new grad with a bachelors.

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nursel56 has 25+ years experience and works as a Home health, private duty.

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For the sake of clarity here: There's no degree in LPN. There's no degree in RN. All the "N"s refer to a person who completes a program of study and passes a standardized test spelled out in a state Board of Nursing who regulates and administrates the laws in that state pertaining to that professional license.

All prospective nurses in the US take the same licensing exam, but each state has quite a lot of differences beyond that.

For example, my state BON doesn't allow Excelsior graduates to take the NCLEX-RN, most others do.

Although most LPNs may graduate with a "diploma" rather than a "degree" it's certainly possible to attend a community college that may offer an associate degree and there are still a few RN "diploma" schools who's graduates pass the NCLEX-RN, without a formal degree.

The ANA has been trying to get rid of ADNs and LPNs for decades, but they do not have the authority to "phase out" or " phase in" anything. Unless a state decides to obliterate the LPN or ADN licensing pathway, the final say in the matter is the policy of the healthcare facility itself.

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I don't see how you could say this was to slam anything. The link was not correct. It was a link to a college that offered an LPN-RN degree. Now What was confusing to me is why anyone in the US (not Canada) would go to college for 70 credit hours to be an LPN...the average credit hours for an associated...so I checked the link provided. and it's inaccurate.

I just want to point out that here in Ontario there are some RPN's working with a BScN degree.

You get 3 tries to pass the registration exam. For prospective RN's, if they fail 3 times, they can write the RPN registration exam. I have worked with a few RPNs in that situation.

I am an RPN and our scope is pretty wide. We do a lot but our patient assignment is SUPPOSED to be for stable patients with predictable outcomes... which is the major difference. I take blood, place foleys, do ekg, initiate and maintain IV (although i cannot push meds... we usually opt for a minibag if no RN is available to push), splints and casts, assist with minor surgeries (outpatient surgeries), including sterile tray prep and "circulating" role (ie for vasectomies, para/thoracentisis, biopsies, LEEPs, bone marrow bx, etc).

For me, i chose to be an RPN because i love doing all of those skills but do not want the responsibilities that comes with more critically ill patients. I love my RPN role :)

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