Scoutgirl...I am sorry that you feel that sitting in a school room is what makes a good nurse! I have known many LPN'S who have gone on for their RN's and are shocked at how little they have to learn in the way off assessing! (over and above what they already know!) I am presently doing this, and all of the assesing that I am learning, is stuff that I have already learned! I m going back to school because I love to learn theory..not because I feel inadequate as a nurse! For an LPN to succeed and excel, a good RN will teach that LPN to do the needed assessments! Also, as in my case...I have an extensive college background already and am able to develop and implement care plans
without difficulty and in proper English! (which I have found is very hard for some nurses to do.)
I am not trying to be argumentative or rude, it's just that so many RN's complain about LPN skills..thy living without those LPN's for a while. I live in Rochester, NY, where, as a leading HMO provider area, many LPN's were phased out in hospitals a few years ago. Those same RN's who complained , have been fighting (successfully, I might add)desperately for them back..They were forced to do all assessing themselves on every patient because the LPN's were replaced with pt. care techs. A few RNs lost their liscenses because they didn't have time to go assess every patient and relied on what the Techs. said. Lpn's and RN's should be a team...working and assessing and implementing together for the good of the pt. Try giving those LPN's credit for what they do and you'll find that you will get much more respect. Regarding managing the Nursing assistants...maybe the LPN's are just treating them with the same respect that you give to the LPN's...we all want to feel important and needed in what we do. None of us want to feel that we are less important than some one else. Remember that at work tomorrow.....
[This message has been edited by mary (edited 08-18-98).]