LPN's are Nurses Too? Aren't they? - page 4

Hi, This is my first post. I received my letter Monday accepting me into the LPN program at a school 40 miles away. I am sooo excited that I am telling everyone. But, when I tell them it is for... Read More

  1. by   Imma_Nurse
    It never fails WHAT you are ppl are going to always think that you need to "move up". THe NP's and PA'S get "When are you going to be a Dr." all the time.
    I am an LPN, I was a PCT at one point and wanted to take on more responsibility...hence going to LPN school.
    LPN's ARE real nurses...
    Our joke at work (I work at an Urgent care that staffs ONLY LPN's) that LPN mean Low Paid Nurse...hehe.
    and let me just state that I cannot imagine anything being harder than LPN school! That was the hardest 10 months ever! School and Clinicals 5 days a week, studying all weekend, spazing out over anything less than an 80 on test...geeze I kinda miss it all
    Last edit by Imma_Nurse on Mar 9, '03
  2. by   resqrider
    I am now in my first semester of LPN school in ND. North Dakota requires that all LPN's have a 2year degree. My instructor told us the first day of class that we play a very vital and important role in Nursing and thereby treats us as equals. most of the books we have are geared towards being an RN.

    So Yes we are are just as as important as a Registered Nurse

    and remember the Key part of the Job Title it is NURSE
  3. by   TCmeds
    Sometimes I get angry because in my facility LPNs and Rns do the same thing , but never get the same respect. We have an inside joke that RN means REAL NURSE and LPN means LITTLE PRETEND NURSE......although we do IV management...including IV pushes...and all of my beds are skilled.....The only difference I see is the net at the end of the pay period!
  4. by   TheLionessRN
    Jenn, good luck to you in nursing school. If you are going to nursing school, I guess that when you are finished, you will be a nurse! My mother was an LPN before becoming an RN with an associate degree. When I decided to become a nurse, it ws she who encouraged me to get my BSN, mostly because a mommy always wants her child to better herself, I am sure :-)
    When I started out, I was a unit secretary, then cross trained to be a tech, then monitor tech. All during that time I was getting my prerequisites for the nursing program. I worked with a lot of older nurses that were close to retiring and heard many stories about the "old days". One of the things that I remember were the stories about the educated fool RN who walked onto the floor as the charge nurse and was taught how to be a nurse by the LPNs that she was "supervising".....
    Just keep your chin up and go for it! It will be worth it in the long run, I promise.
  5. by   Tephra
    Congrats JustJenn! Don't let anyone sneer at ya... time to edjumicate them as to what an LPN is.

    A thought... get through your program, get some experience, and get an employer who'll pay tuition to get an RN... why? Payscale. I know it's already been said.. but in many places, you'll be doing (nearly or) the same work as someone who gets paid X bucks more per hour. Use the system to help yourself.. just a thought. :^)

    And hey nursiepooh (moe)... that there was some eloquent post! Bravo!
  6. by   getbabygirl
    This is basically the question that I asked on my thread... but it seems like everybody got offended. I agree when you tell people you are going to school to get your LPN they look down on you and they always say why not get your RN. Our waiting lists in Ohio is one year also so I feel your pain. I'm not a negative person like some of these people here. Just want to say congradulations and NEVER stop dreaming!
  7. by   justjenn
    Originally posted by getbabygirl
    This is basically the question that I asked on my thread... but it seems like everybody got offended. I agree when you tell people you are going to school to get your LPN they look down on you and they always say why not get your RN. Our waiting lists in Ohio is one year also so I feel your pain. I'm not a negative person like some of these people here. Just want to say con
    gradulations and NEVER stop dreaming!
    I am very sorry for the way you were responded toooo. Many of them must need a drink. But I did get ssome really positive answers. Best of luck to you. We will be as good at the other medical proff. oout their.

    LPN for me will mean "Loving People -neverstopping.

    Jenn
  8. by   FullMoonMadness
    Sure,LPN's are nurses.Congratulations to all of you who have applied and been accepted. Ive been an LPN for many moons,come Dec if things go as planned I will be an RN. Don't let anyone make you feel less than what you are. Dont feed into the alphabet, because it can get sticky. Good luck and keep us posted
  9. by   night owl
    YES WE ARE!
  10. by   GreenWitch
    You are 100% right...most don't know what an LPN even IS! They don't know that LPNs have to go to school and are liscensed. They think any joe/jane can walk in off the street and do the job...

    Quote from Susy K
    Maybe people don't know what an LPN is or does. I know I didn't when I went to RN school.

    LPNs need to organize together, educate the public about who they are/what they do and make a difference!


    I'll take another beer.
  11. by   KacyLynnRN
    Jenn,
    I got the same responses when I told people I was going to school to be an LPN. People would ask me if an LPN was a nurse too, and I would say YES LPN's are nurses!!!!
    I was a CNA for 3 years, have been an LPN for 2 years, and will finish RN school next year. I have learned SOOOO much in my time as an LPN, and I wouldn't have done it any other way. I am PROUD to be an LPN and you will be too!! Good luck with school!
    Kacy
  12. by   rsh3rn
    LPN's are a blessing. I've discovered no matter what you do people look at you weird people really have no idea what nurses do. People are strange like that. If you're an aid they ask why not an LPN; if your an LPN they ask why not an RN, If a RN why not a DR. As long as you're happy it makes no difference just try not to get too irritated with those who are clueless.
  13. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    I am way too freaking lazy to add an original thought. This post best says what I would if I had half a brain tonight. I'll take a margarita myself ...


    Sweet, red sangria on the rocks, please.

close