LPN Transition to a Registered Nurse - What Do I Need to Know?
RN’s typically make more money than LPN’s. Contrary to what you may hear, RN’s don’t automatically earn more than LPN’s. A new grad RN can earn less than an LPN that has experience. However, the highest-paying nursing jobs are for RN’s. See the salary comparison here.
There are more jobs available for RN’s than there are for LPN’s. If you have been interested in specialty nursing, such as psychiatric care, you will have a much easier time finding employment as an RN, in comparison to an LPN. According to BLS.gov the job outlook for for registered nurses is plentiful with an overall 19% growth expectancy between 2012-2020. It states those with a BSN have even greater potential employment outlook.
RN’s are trained and educated longer. They can also perform a few nursing skills that LPN’s are not allowed to per laws. Management positions are usually held by RN’s. Every facility is different, however. Experience can also play a critical role in achieving management status.
See what one nurse has to say about LPN not becoming an RN.