Why I Became a Nurse

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Making the journey from LPN to BSN.
The journey will be long and difficult, yet we all know this is the pathway into the future of nursing. The Licensed practical nurse has slowly faded into the background; the duties once performed now removed from the scope of practice. The LPN's are being forced to either return to school to obtain an ADN, BSN, or MSN in order to continue working in the nursing field or remain stagnant and have no hope of career advancement has created a rise in the LPN to RN-BSN programs now offered. This paper will allow you to see this journey through the eyes of the LPN.

As a Licensed practical nurse on the team, we more often than not receive the short straw. We have sometimes been working in the nursing field for longer than some have been out of school yet we do not receive the recognition that we most often deserve. Due to the constraints and restrictions that have continued to increase on the scope of practice, the duties of the LPN have dwindled over time to very closely resemble those of a certified nursing assistant or Medical assistant.

The LPN that makes the difficult decision to return to school will benefit from gaining the ability to work with autonomy while also having the accountability that he/she is unaccustomed to possessing. They will suddenly be the primary nurse, the nurse responsible for all aspects of care pertaining to nursing whereas before they always had the RN to fall back on. As an RN, will be their responsibility to make accurate clinical decisions and judgments while maintaining a professional rapport with, staff, patients and families.

We play an active role in promoting and maintaining the health and well-being of our community, and it takes a great deal of patience, commitment and sacrifice to balance home life, school, and the job, but as nurses, we find this rewarding and we are proud to be in the wonderful profession of nursing. In the field of emergency nursing, the staff will experience...
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