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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.

2 comments on "Licensed Practical Nurses: A Dying Breed?"
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.