- June 17th, 2018, 12:08 am
I am a specialist in this discipline, i'm definitely glad that I help to add a tangible point here.The benefits of working as a LPN or RN varies from state to state within the US. For instance, it depends on numerous criteria that includes: Local laws, Passion, Career objectives and lots more. If you are seriously considering following the LPN - RN route, it would be worth the effort to look into your state board’s scope of practice and policies, bearing in mind that the benefits of being an RN is way bigger of cause.
If you find an accredited LPN program that also provides IV Therapy certification, you may be able to work as a floor LPN. I’m currently working on a cardiac telemetry floor as I finish up my ASN, and I hang all kinds of drips (potassium, banana bags, dobutamine, diltiazem, etc). I take a team, admit patients, discharge patients, and am responsible for assessments.
The caveat: no IV push meds (less than 15 minutes), an RN has to perform an assessment on the LPN’s patient at least once every shift (we accomplish this by rotating patients between RNs and LPNs), and I cannot spike the blood bag but am responsible for the rate/reactions/vitals as soon as the RN leaves the room.
For me, the path I took worked for me because I had zero idea what to do after high school, and decided that LPN school would let me dip my toes into the water. If you don’t want to waste time adapting from one scope of practice to another, RN school would be faster and less confusing.
That being said, It still narrow down to two things: Your passion and local laws which may also affect paygrade.