question for lpn or rn

  1. Is there a way to find out if someone is actually a licensed LPN in a particular State.

    Someone that I have known for 15 years is claiming that she is an LPN with a license. However, I have told years ago that she did not pass the boards for the pharmacology and she has never worked as an LPN, she has been a physical therapy aid for many, many years.

    Suddenly now that I am pursing an RN degree she announced that she is an LPN and I asked her if she had her license and she said "yes".

    In the 15 years that I have known her closely, as she is related to my husband, she has never mentioned doing CEU's or even the fact that she is an LPN if she is.

    Does anyone know if there is a "list" of licensed LPN's for every state?

    I would not be making a big issue out of my curiosity if not for the fact that she told me that if a "small pox" outbreak would happen, she was told by her supervisor that she may be needed to work as an LPN at the hospital that she works as a PT aid. I'm sure that the facility would not actually let her work if she does not actually have a license.

    Thanks for any assistance.
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   Mijourney
    Hi. You may want to look up the website for your state to see if names of licensed practitioners are listed. My question is that if you find out your in law is not a nurse, then what do you plan to do?
  4. by   Mkue


    Hi Mijourney,

    That's a good question, what would I do if I found out she is not an LPN... hmm.

    I guess I'm hoping that she IS really an LPN and she is just now bringing it up so that we have something in common "nursing".

    Or, she is just wanting me to think that she is an LPN working as a physical therapy aid.

    I guess if she ISN"T really an LPN, I will be alarmed if her facility actually lets her practice as an LPN at the hospital. I would hope that they will check out all of her credentials. She does nothing with meds or IV's with her job now, she only moves patients to her department, that is the only contact she has with them besides working under the supervision of a licensed PT doing routine treatments and many people think that she is actually a physical therapist.

    Maybe I'm making too much of it, but it caught me off guard when she announced that she is an LPN, contrary to what I've heard all these years.

    Thanks for reading my post.
  5. by   P_RN
    I wonder if she is a lapsed LPN? Or like many years ago an LPN who didn't give meds. There were LPN-pharmacy cert. and LPN-non pharm.cert.

    The State Board of Nursing will be able to verify licensure, and her facility should have a copy of her license only if she presents herself as a nurse. It sounds as if she is a PTA though.

    P
  6. by   Mkue


    I did go to my states nursing board to check on the license. It's asking for a SS# or license number.

    Since I don't have either I probably won't get very far with this unless I can use the birth date.
  7. by   P_RN
    I see that. Hmmm. I guess you could make a phone call to the board, but they would probably want to know why also.

    Maybe you could "mention" that you had seen the online license verification page....and see what she says.

    Another thought would be is she was licensed in another state?
  8. by   RNinMay
    Try just typing in her name and leaving the ss# and license # fields blank. That's how it works in my state.
    However, I doubt if she is an LPN, or rather I doubt she is licensed currently.
    Good luck!
  9. by   Mkue


    Thanks Rachael and everyone for being so helpful.

    I'm really not a mean person I just like to investigate things that bother me.

    There is so much I don't know and I'm learning a lot from all of you.

    Have a good day or night whatever your time zone is !!

    mkue
  10. by   Mkue
    I just wanted you all to know that I really appreciate you taking my question seriously.

    I posted this same question on another board, not knowing if I would get replies on either board.

    There are some nasty people out there ! If you like to ask questions don't go to that board..lol..

    You ladies/and or gentlemen have a lot of class !

    Thank YOU !

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