Chapter 9: Patient education and Health Promotion | Fundamentals of Nursing For LPN / LVN

Fundamentals of nursing are the courses that teach the basic principles and procedures of nursing. The course highlights the significance of the fundamental needs of humans and competence in fundamental skills as prerequisites to providing extensive nursing care.

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Why I (LPN) Don’t want to be a Registered Nurse (RN)

Reason #1 – I’ve worked everywhere that I’ve wanted to work

As an LPN, I’ve worked everywhere that I’ve wanted to work, the only two places that I haven’t worked are the hospital and corrections. Becoming A Registered Nurse (RN) wouldn’t open that many places to work except the hospital. I have no desire to work in the hospital, I know many nurses that do, they hate working there. Corrections I hear are interesting, I might investigate it in the future.

As nurses, we tend to fall into the trap of seeking more, a lot of people place pressure on us. When you get your LPN, the next question people ask is when are you going to get your RN? Once you get your RN, the next question is when are you going to get your BSN? Once you get your BSN, the next question people ask you is when to get your masters? Once you get masters, the next question people ask is when are you going to get your nurse practitioner? It’s a never-ending cycle where your current position is never enough.

Reason #2 – I don’t want the added responsibilities of being a Registered Nurse (RN)

I’ve seen the kind of stress the nurses at the hospital and even the ones at my current job. I don’t want the added stress of paperwork and supervising other nurses. I’m perfectly just coming in and just doing my job. I like to be able to go to my RN supervisor for help. Once you become an RN, you don’t have that kind of support, you’re expected to know everything.

Reason #3 – I’m content with my income as an LPN

I’ve made as much as 32 dollars an hour as an LPN in the state of Florida, and I’m content with that kind of income. I’m a minimalist, I don’t need a lot to live on, I’m not married, nor do I have any kids. I’m able to sustain myself perfectly on that income.

LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) vs RN (Registered Nurse)

Reason #1 – There are less prerequisite to enter the LPN program

Typically, in order to enter a Registered Nurse (RN) program, you need English, math, chemistry, microbiology, and Anatomy 1 & 2. These pre-requisites can take up to a year to complete. For the LPN programs (at least in the state of Florida), you just need a TEAS test and TABE test (if no HS diploma). With LPN programs, you can get into the program much faster.

Reason #2 – The LPN programs are shorter than the RN programs

In the United States, it takes only one year to complete a licensed practical nurse program compared to a registered nurse program which takes two years to complete. With LPN, you can get out much faster to start practicing.

In Canada, it takes two years to become a Licensed Practical Nurse, it’s called RPN, which stands for Registered Practical Nurse. To become an RN, you need a Bachelor of Science (BSN), which typically takes four years to complete.

Reason #3 – LPN school is less expensive than RN school

The price varies from state to state, but typically the price for LPN school is significantly cheaper than RN school. In my state (Florida), I found a price of 5,550 for accredited programs compared to RN school which was 10,869 which was close to double the price for LPN. In the end I would say the Licensed Practical Nurse route is the way to go.

If you are prospective students, I have a lot of resources on this site and on YouTube, feel free to check them out. Links are below.