LTC owner/manager "invents" new nurse title? - page 2

I was talking with a fellow RN friend of mine who works agency in Kansas. She did some shifts this week at a LTC facility. The owner there has decided to "retitle" all of the LPNs she has in her... Read More

  1. by   jemb
    If it is an attempt to misrepresent, and is illegal, then the nurses wearing the badges are also participating in the fraudulent behavior.

    Or maybe Belinda hit the nail on the head -- the administrators are just ignorant of what the initials stand for.

    Either way, I can't imagine any nurse who values his/her own license being willing to wear badges that misstate the license.
  2. by   night owl
    If the administrators are just ignorant of the fact, it would be wise to bring this to the attention of the owner(s) of this LTC facility before they and their employees who wear these falsely titled name badges are in a whole lotta trouble.
    If I had been an LPN working there and they handed me a gold badge with anything other than my legal title, I wouldn't have worn it and certainly would have questioned them on it. I'm suprised the state surveyors haven't picked up on this...yet.
  3. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    The owner of the facility is a retired RN. She is 70 years old, and still working as the administrator.

    It is my friend's (who was sent to the facility by the agency) opinion that the owner is trying to impress/mislead residents and their families.



    However, I have always understood that oficially/legally, an RN is a professional nurse and an LPN/LVN is a technical nurse.


    (Please no flames. I was an LPN for seven years).
  4. by   flashpoint
    Maybe the RNs could be the Real Nurses and the LPNs could be Little Plump Nurses...LOL. JUST KIDDING! I'm an LPN and one of our RNs is always teasing me that he is the real nurse, but that real nurses can't survive without the little plump ones...(I don't take is wrong and someday I wil get revenge on him fo rgiving me a hard time...LOL).

    On a serious note, I would REFUSE to wear a nametag that had my title misrepresented and I would let the people in charge know exactly why I was refusing. I agree that maybe the administrator just doesn't know what LPN stands for...LOL...poor thing.
  5. by   nimbex
    I thought it was Licensed Practical Nurse. I was licensed as a Registered Professional Nurse.

    I don't see any murky waters that could lead to the name change, nor would I accept it if I was a LPN, having worked for the TRUE title that I deserved. I would be proud of my LPN and trash the new name badges along with the constant managerial memos.
  6. by   ShortFuse_LPN
    We joke at work that the LPNs are Licensed Peons. And the RNs are Registered Nuts!! LOL
  7. by   Tim-GNP
    Depending upon this state, this could be a violation of title protection. Check with your board of nursing. It may be o.k.

    In Pennsylvania, my RN license doesn't say 'Registered Nurse' it reads 'Professional Nurse.' However, my Ohio license reads "Registered Nurse.' The titles do vary state by state, but I believe the nurse practice act of every state tells you what your professional designation means.
  8. by   mattsmom81
    If the administrator is a retired RN, she DEFINITELY knows better.

    ITA that it is sooo sad these LPN's aren't proud enough of their credential (and I was a proud LPN 4 years prior to RN) to tell her where to stick this 'special name tag', which misleads the public and may lead to disciplinary action by state agencies.

    LPN= Licensed Practical Nurse LVN= Licensed Vocational Nurse

    Great titles both. Why embellish them??

    Last edit by mattsmom81 on May 25, '03
  9. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Originally posted by mattsmom81
    If the administrator is a retired RN, she DEFINITELY knows better.

    ITA that it is sooo sad these LPN's aren't proud enough of their credential (and I was a proud LPN 4 years prior to RN) to tell her where to stick this 'special name tag', which misleads the public and may lead to disciplinary action by state agencies.

    LPN= Licensed Practical Nurse LVN= Licensed Vocational Nurse

    Great titles both. Why embellish them??


    Well stated!
  10. by   sbic56
    Originally posted by renerian
    Gee weren't they considered professional before? Word game.

    renerian
    I guess they are just practically professional. It's semantics and not a big deal IMO, but probably involves a violation of some kind.
  11. by   sbic56
    Originally posted by BelindaLPN
    We joke at work that the LPNs are Licensed Peons. And the RNs are Registered Nuts!! LOL
    I can remember going by..."Let's Pretend Nurse" and "Lowest Possible Nurse":chuckle
  12. by   Scavenger'sWife
    Yeah, we used to joke that "LPN" was "Let's Pretend Nurse" and "RN" was "Real Nurse" and that "NA" was for "Not Anything".

    But that was just among ourselves...plus I said that "RN" stood for "Really Nuts" for putting up with crud that we do....

    Well, anyhoo....that Admin should be reported to the BON and/or State for her misrepresentation.

    Question: Did she recently also raise the residents' monthly rates???
  13. by   nursenoelle
    Well, I like to think of myself as both practical and professional, but the most fitting revamp for me,-would be Low Paid Nurse.

    Put me with the group who thinks that it is downright silly, and possibly, illegal to change the title given by the state board.

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