Licensed Practical Nurses: A Dying Breed?



A growing number of organizations looking to streamline acute care are phasing out licensed practical nurses by encouraging them to become registered nurses or transition to other positions. Yet a federal jobs forecast calls for LPN ranks to grow by 21% between 2008 to 2018.

4 comments on "Licensed Practical Nurses: A Dying Breed?"
Sandy Partain (2/2/2016 at 9:26 AM)

Rebecca, I do agree with the other writers.. Please check your facts before stating this insulting information. I have worked as a LPN and known many other LPNs who have functioned professionally in all areas of patient care. I currently have a staffing company for healthcare providers. The hospitals, clinics and long term care facilities are eager to request an LPN when the job description allows. It keeps their overhead down. I have several LPNs who are extremely proficient in their skills and are continuously preferred over the high paid RN. Again please check your facts.
Jack Steffen (12/18/2015 at 7:13 PM)

This is all about money, as most things in this world today are. Hospitals stand to gain millions of dollars if they convert to all RN staffing. Hospitals of course don't want to miss out on any of this money. It's not about nursing skills or so called critical thinking. As an LPN who does patient assessments, med passes, wound and respiratory care, I would consider it an insult to be categorized as "unlicensed personnel". But some people don't care about that - this is what money and the chase for it does to people. As another commenter here noted this story was probably written by someone with a vested interest in seeing LPNs eliminated for more money.
Joanna Schlabotz (5/22/2013 at 6:29 AM)

I just read an article that linked to this one and I must say I'm appalled at the misinformation and defaming of LPNs. To even mention the subject of a process that goes on in one's mind (that would be "thinking" Rebecca, critical or otherwise) as something that can be measured shows a decided lack of the same in the author. In short, Rebecca, I believe this site is most likely sponsored by someone with a stake in the issue. Sometimes it takes time to peel the onion, but it will be done nonetheless for the benefit of unknowing readers who are unaware of how unscrupulous these groups can be.
Daniel W. Graham, CDCA (4/3/2013 at 6:55 PM)

With all do respect I have to disagree with this report from this journalist in regards to this statement. With most nurse practice acts it does have what R.N.'s and L.P.N.'s responsibilities are with respect to assessment, planning, planning, implementing, and evaluating. A R.N. is not responsible for an L.P.N.'s practice and the Magnet program does not exclude L.P.N.'s. Providers and practitioners please check facts before you believe what anyone tells you. I have worked with L.P.N.'s in surgery, I.C.U., Labor and Delivery and many more specialized areas in acute care. Use your critical thinking before you read and believe everything you hear or read.

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