Why do people not consider LPNs "real" nurses?? I have been an LPN for 6 yrs and I am SO sick of hearing people always point out that RNs can do so much more than I. So, why doesn't anyone ever ask an RN.."When are you going to med school? Docs can do so much more than an RN. (prescribe meds, etc.)" I have nothing against RNs, will probably go back to school when my kids are older. I hope this post makes sense...just needed to vent some.
Oct 24, '02
I don't know....I don't hear a lot of LPN bashing going on. I do think, however that a lot of LPNS think they are the "same" educationally as RNS but they are not. In NJ, LPNS go to school for 1 year, whereas RNS go to school for a minimum of 3 years. The preparation involved with becoming an RN goes a lot further in depth than the preparation involved in becoming an LPN. A lot of advanced practice nurses who were first nurse's aids, then LPN'S, then RN'S then BSN', etc. have told me that as they advanced in their educations, they developed better critical thinking skills and improved their interpersonal relations and communication techniques and opened more doors for them overall. I am disturbed by the comment from a poster about it being too bad that LPNS just can't get promoted to RN, without doing the work that it takes to get there. Practical nursing is a great entry level position and is a valuble stepping stone and experience but I don't know why anyone would want to stop there, if furthering their education is possible. It can only help you to become a better nurse.
Last edit by Flo1216 on Oct 24, '02
Oct 24, '02
Originally posted by NurseDianne
She highly respects us and is quick to tell new RN's that she was trained by an LPN and they will be also.
Where I'm from... RNs precept new Rns... anything else doesn't quite make sense....
As for the original poster's comments... as others have mentioned... we are not our career choices... those who ask you such silly, improper questions regarding your career decisions require little, if any, credence. It's how YOU perceive your career and perform your work that matters... Don't give those folks a second thought.
Last edit by Fgr8Out on Oct 25, '02