Is becoming an LPN a complete waste of time?

Is becoming an LPN a complete waste of time?

Would it be better to become an LPN before pursuing a career as an RN?

LPN: Licensed Practical Nurse

RN: Registered Nurse

Now, before you jump off the deep end. This is not about which option is better. This is a genuine career path decision that many nursing students have pondered.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the differences between the two roles Registered Nurse vs. LPN:

Registered Nurse vs. LPN | All Nursing Schools

 

Is getting your LPN before getting your RN something you should do? What about getting through LPN school, and then working as an LPN before you start RN school? Is it advantageous? Or is it a waste of time?

My answer has changed over the years. The role of the LPN is changing (at least in my experience in the hospital setting), and you need to decide if becoming and LPN is worth your time and money.

One thing to keep in mind is this. What will you gain from becoming an LPN if your final goal is to become an RN? If you only have the time and financial ability to enroll in an LPN program, then I would say go for it. You can gain a professional license and start working in the nursing force (if there is a job available). Be sure to consider the amount of time & money you will need to invest and re-invest when it comes time to enroll in the RN program.

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Never forget the fear of being the new Nurse

Never forget the fear of being the new Nurse

Every single seasoned Nurse was once the new Nurse. Every so often the seasoned Nurse needs to be reminded that the learning process is slow.

When the new Nurse isn’t quite getting it or not carrying their load or not grasping the needed concepts, remember you were once in their shoes. In fact, some of you just got out of those shoes!

As the resource, you sometimes can lose your patience when the new Nurse is struggling with a new concept or skill. We can get caught up in wrongfully comparing them to ourselves or others.

Try and remember the absolute fear and confusion you had. Remember how lost you felt during those first few days (weeks, months or even years).

Some of us took longer to get past that deer-in-headlight look. And some of us have been a Nurse for a year… and are still having trouble.

Try and remember the fear.

As the learned and trusted resource, it’s our job to nurture and prepare them. Teach, don’t preach. You don’t need to hit them with the proverbial frying pan every single day.

I think it is our responsibility to change our culture. It’s time to stop eating our young, and it’s time to start growing and building our profession.

Always remember that feeling you had when you were the new Nurse. It’s time we stopped ‘eating our young’… and changed our culture.

It starts with you.

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The #1 reason why Nurse residency programs are important

The #1 reason why Nurse residency programs are important

There is a known learning gap between what they teach you in Nursing school… and what you actually do as a practicing Nurse.

The old adage of “What they don’t teach you in Nursing school” can make the transition from student to professional very challenging, so there are programs that have been created to help lessen that burden.

As most Nurses are well aware the best way to master a skill is to gain experience at actually doing the skill.  These residency programs do just that. Sometimes called ‘internships’ or ‘externships’, nurse residency programs are out to bridge that gap… or at least shorten the distance between school and practice.

Types of residency programs:

  1. Summer internship
  2. Externships

The goal of these programs is to gain experience and sharpen your clinical skills. You literally “walk the walk” of a Nurse. You get your hands dirty.

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