I really think these days and the past few years nursing has created its own problems in attempting to professionaliize ourselves and have really lost sight of what it means to be a nuuse. We are all nurses and anyone who really thinks, without the information or experience of knowing for sure, that they wouldn't want an LPN to care for them is sadly and badly misinformed. The LPNs I spoke of have been there many years. This holds true not only in my current unit but any other unit I have ever worked. I wrote a tribute to an Lpn friend of mine (in the lpn section) (Goodbye,,my friend), not because she was an lpn. She happened to be an lpn and a good person.
It is a travesty to me that they teach division in nursing school
today. I am thankful for all the replies here and happy those of you who are LPNs can also see that there are those of us who value you not only for what you do and know, but who you are.
The RNs were interested in unionizing but our particular union is for Rns. There was talk of unionizing for the LPNs but they would have to be lumped with other hospital non nursing personnel and that just didn't get anywhere. Frankly, the way they are being downsized these days, there aren't enough of them to get together in the facility I work at.
Sadly, the person in question has valuable insight, caring, skill and years of experience-something no amount of teaching can impart....Thanks again for your imput and I am glad I can at least try to be there...