Originally Posted by Arememom
As an RN with an Associate Degree and having a best friend who was an LPN, I know the differences. As far as working in the hospitals that I have worked in during the last 23 years, only RN's could work in Intensive Cares and some Emergency Depts. LPN's can push IV medications or perform other high tech procedures. In Home Health an RN must provide supervisory visits on the LPN and Home Health Aides. And last but not least the money is significantly more as an RN (even with a 2 year degree). My friend went back to school and received her Associate Degree and is happy she did. Hope this helps.
Hi all, I'm an LPN and a hairdresser. I love both my jobs. I know quiet a few LPN's that work in E.R., ICU, LABOR/DELIVERY,ETC. I for one am currently goin to school for my RN, but there are plenty of days I question my decision. With the nusrsing shortage being what it is, nurses are required at MOST places to do way more than should be required. You don't get to be a nurse (take care of the pt. at a time when they need someone most )instead your running between way too many pts.with only moinimal time to do what needs much more time than is safe for the pt. or my nursing lisc.
nOT TO MENTION THE HOURS OF PAPERWORK THAT I'M REQUIRED TO DO. IF I WANTED PAPERWORK I WOULD HAVE BECOME A SECRETARY. THESE ARE THINGS THEY DON'T TELL YOU IN NURSING SCHOOL BECAUSE OF THE SHORTAGE.
I HAVE TAKEN THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS OF DUE TO THE CHAOS OF NURSING AS WELL AS MY OWN HEALTH. MY HUBBY AND I ARE TALKING ABOUT ME DOING HOMEHEALTH ONE OR TWO DAYS A WEEK AND HAIR THE SAME, JUST BECAUSE OF THE MAJOR STRESS. BUT I ROCK ON TOWARD MY RN AND HOPE I'M NOT SORRY IN THE END. ONE THING ABOUT IT I WILL BE ABLE TO MAKE DECENT MONEY WHEN I'M OLDER WITH ALL THE BABYBOOMER NURSES RETIRING. NURSING IS THE BEST CAREER IN THE WORLD IF ONLY THEY WOULD LET US BE A NURSE AND NOT A SECREATARY, MAID, WAITRESS,AND DOG FOR THE DR.(HA-HA)
For the record I became an Lpn first because I could be a nurse much quicker and I could work and make money at the same time as getting a little experince under my belt. Good luck in whatever you end up doing.