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katiemomRN
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Nightnurseangie – in response to your question about where I got my information about the current research:

Educational Levels of Hospital Nurses and Surgical Patient Mortality
http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=197345

The association between nurse staffing and hospital outcomes in injured patients
http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6963/12/247
This one specifically addresses the issue of increased mortality and sepsis rates in hospitals with a higher percentage of LPNs. “Higher hospital LPN staffing levels are independently associated with slightly higher rates of mortality and sepsis in trauma patients admitted to Level I or Level II trauma centers.”

Nursing care and patient outcomes: international evidence
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2856593/

Let me reiterate what I said in prior posts: I am NOT saying that an LPN cannot be as good as an RN. I “get” why this is an upsetting issue. I didn’t appreciate being told that my associate degree RN wasn’t as valuable as a BSN, but the fact of the matter was that in order to have job flexibility and mobility, I had to obtain my BSN because the hospitals I prefer to work in require it. I also realize that not everyone can afford or even wants to return to school to obtain their RN.

The question was not “are LPNs good nurses?”, or “can a good LPN run circles around some RNs?”, it was “is there a future for LPNs?” So again, my answer is yes – it just may not be in the capacity you wish it to be because of the way healthcare is headed.

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