I agree Monica. I have always thought it sad and pitiful and dehumanizing for LPNs to be paid so low just as RNs are paid too low a wage. I still see the problem being that nursing is predominantly "female" which is why I think nurses are still considered low on the wage totem pole in comparison to men in mostly male occupations.
RNS (regardless of "degree choice") should
be paid more than LPNs because our nursing license
requires more expertise than theirs does. RNs have more responsibility based on the Nursing Board Guidelines, even if the LPNs are doing just as much as RNs in many areas across the USA. Perhaps those Nursing Board Guidelines should be revamped for LTC facilities?
When it comes to RN pay differences......a RN is a RN because she/he passed the NCLEX and has earned the privilege
to work as a licensed registered nurse in accordance with the nursing boards guidelines spelled out for RNs.
Where the pay differences come from for RNs is based on each hiring facility's individual decision as to whether they are willing to pay for the degree choices each nurse has chosen for themselves.
Be back in a minute......one of my "grown kids" is on the line.
Moms never get a break do we? God bless 'em!