Hi everyone. I have been making posts over the past couple of years looking for advice, and here I am again with some more questions. Okay so I am in a BN program in Canada to become an RN. It is my second degree, (sort of my third) and I am pretty exhausted. I love the program, and I really think Nursing is the right thing for me! I am still planning to pursue my other career and do both part time, i worked VERY hard to earn my first degree, and am kind of coming to the conclusion that I may have to give it up to pursue a bachelors in Nursing. There is an LPN program part time where I live that would allow me to pursue both at once, and I have heard it is a very good program too. So here are my questions:
1. I know many LPNs say their employers won't let them practice to full scope, is this true? that would drive me crazy....
2. Can Canadian LPNs get hired in the states? I have been desperate to move somewhere warm (Florida, Hawaii, ANYWHERE thats not 50 below 6 months a year) since I was a small child and this is very important to me
3. I keep reading these posts about phasing out LPNs in the states, please tell me if this is a real concern becuase I am not knowledgeable on the topic and just sincerely want to know
4. Is the scope of practice different in the U.S. than Canada? I know LPNs here do alot and there seems to be many jobs posted all of hte time for both LPN and RN in a wide variety of settings. People have been discouraging me to switch programs and I am actually getting a bit upset because I think many people (students) are just very uneducated about the role of an LPN
I really appreciate any input! Like i said, I seriously need to find my warm sunny beach soon and I need to know if being a Canadian LPN graduate can get me there. I have two weeks to decide what im doing. help! thanks!