Over the past five to seven years, jobs in the LPN profession have shifted from the hospital to private clinics, doctor’s offices, and long-term care facilities. In some instances, hospitals are cutting out LPN jobs in favor of a staff of all RNs, because studies indicate that improved patient outcomes, safety, and overall satisfaction are connected to the staffing of experienced Registered Nurses with bachelor’s degrees.
It is a 2020 goal of the Institute of Medicine that eighty percent of RNs practicing in hospitals will hold bachelor’s degrees. Since the difference between an LPN and RN is the type of training they receive, many hospitals that are eliminating LPN positions are also offering displaced LPNs an opportunity to earn an advanced degree. Continue reading