practical nursing degree. I have always been one to second guess big decisions, so that was a hard internal battle through LPN school. Shortly after graduation, I opted to turn down a spot in the RN programs because I had just accepted a clinic nursing position; I thought getting good experience as a LPN would be best. I enjoyed clinic nursing very much and miss it terribly, but I now live in rural Minnesota and it seems that once people get their foot in the door at clinics, they stay for life:)
I have always regretted not going straight through for my RN-I figured I'd always go back a few years later. Here I am, 9 years later and I still haven't gone back. The reason I haven't gone back for my RN (yet) is because I am terrified of the extra responsibility and liability. If I knew I could go back, get through school, and do some type of educational job with no experience, I'd go back in a heartbeat; However, around here, places usually require 1-2 years of experience first.
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Being a mom of 2 young children makes clinic nursing the best option for me right now. Plus, I'm not really a fan of the trauma/adrenaline kick you can get with ER/hospital nursing. I feel clinic nursing allows quite a bit of flexibility-that is a plus. A negative side of clinic nursing, I feel, is you lose a lot of skills. You become proficient in telephone etiquette, paperwork, computer charting, phone calls, and vaccine administration. Depending on what specialty or clinic you work in, you lose skills. like IV administration, placement of urinary catheters, physical assessments (besides vital signs-you do those a lot)!
So there's my background in Practical Nursing and my opinions. Some things I learned as a LPN is, a majority of the time, there's a huge opportunity to try different areas of nursing-so don't be afraid to try new things. You will ALWAYS be learning! Nursing isn't just a paycheck; you genuinely need to care about others. And lastly, if you have the opportunity to go straight through schooling to get a higher degree, take it:)