First off I would like to say more education = more money.
I started as an LPN to continue my education at a wage that would allow me to not take out student loans, while this is not always desirable, it worked for me. I worked as an LPN for 11 years. I originally started at the hospital in pre-op, in 1999 the LPNs were phased out for RN only. I chose to go to a SNF. During this part of my career, I was a charge nurse and oversaw CNA and RN staff members. I then became a nurse manager as an LPN. I could not sign my own MDS and it had to be checked by an RN. Per most states LPN is not allowed to assess, hang blood, or work in a NICU or acute care setting, they are allowed to pass medications, provide wound care and do all the functions of an RN without the "glory" associated. I then chose to obtain my ADN and continued on my path in nursing. I was now allowed to sign my own MDS. I chose to continue my career in the acute care setting. Upon hire at a magnate hospital I was required to obtain my BSN, which I have done. This did not change my practice, just allowed me to remain employed in critical care. I did not find the article to be demeaning to LPN/LVN. I can't say that I would have continued on if LPN were not being phased out of acute care. I didn't want to continue my career at a LTC/SNF/LTAC personally. I wanted the ED, OR, now PACU. In the magnate hospital I work for, we do employ LPN's. They are not in acute care, again they are not technically allowed to asses ( I know they do), however; we do hire them in the clinics, discharge lounge and weight management (working as a clinic nurse as well). To be able to start IVs as an LPN I had to take a certification to ensure my skills, as well as wound care. As an RN I am not practicing under anyone, I have autonomy to practice (and be sued), therefore; I do not have to obtain certifications as the board of nursing gives me full autonomy in my practice, whereas when I was an LPN I was working under my RN. My certifications are related to where I work. If I want to work critical care, ACLS. Pediatrics, PALS. These are my only required certifications. I am required to have CEUs as an RN, where as an LPN these were not a requirement. If I chose to become certified in my specialty, it's for financial and learning reasons, otherwise, I am not required to become certified. As an ED nurse and PACU, I am required to obtain TNCC and keep it current.
I am uncertain how you have a BSN without having a RN. My guess is you challenged the LPN boards after not completing the RN boards? Almost every BSN program requires an RN if it is obtained after a ADN. This whole statement is confusing, unless you received a Bachelors in nursing administration? This is different than a BSN. Where I am employed only an RN is allowed to take ACLS or PALS for free as they are only used in critical care areas. Our LPN staff needs no certification as they do not do much direct patient care. If you truly have a BSN, then you can sit your RN boards without any additional schooling needed. The BSN program at most universities bypass the LPN now and do not have the student take this at all, which is why I question at true BSN, versus a bachelors in nursing administration. If this is what you have, then you would be required to take the RN program. We have an LPN who has a Bachelors in nursing admin who is currently in the RN program. Later she will have to obtain a BSN to stay at our facility as it is a different degree. Is this what you meant?
I read the original article, but it didn't feel as though it was attacking or mean spirited to an LPN/LVN. I have been there and chose to advance my career so that I could work where I wanted too. If not for that, I would never had continued school.