Wear scrubs in a hospital? Then you're a nurse - page 4

I'd like advice and tips on how to better handle the following type of scenerio better. I was talking with my mom and several of her sisters the other day. Turns out one of my aunts (not present... Read More

  1. by   typoagain
    I know what you are talking about.

    I work on a Pedi unit and I have to admit that it angers me more than a little when I get a young mother with a sick child that discribes herself as a nurse for Dr. so-and-so. I then go to talking to her about her baby's problem using proper technical terms and she gets a blank look on her face. Finally it comes out that she has little or no schooling. She might be a CNA, a Medical Assitant. or just someone hired and traind in-house to work in the doctors office.

    The worst part of it is that if I am not mistaken, it is legal in Texas for her to do so!
  2. by   DA314
    Quote from RunningWithScissors
    Aren't LPN programs 9 months long?
    Locally at Nichols career center it is.

    Is it possible there is some sort of LPN/surgical tech combination program?

    I guess it depends on the area you live in. The LPN programs around here are 18 months long
  3. by   RNsRWe
    18 months to become an LPN?? Seems a bit excessive. Longest one I knew of was 12 months, because they allowed breaks. Only ones in my area are 10 months long.

    Honestly, at 18 months, I'd have to think most would just go the extra year or so in an RN program!
  4. by   DA314
    I think part of the reason the public associates anyone in scrubs with nursing it that a lot of people in scrubs misrepresent themselves as nurses.

    Most CNA's I know tell me that they are nurses. I say, oh I thought you were a CNA? They retort nastily that they are nurses too and they worked in a very long and hard program to get that title.

    They don't realize that I am in a CNA course. I know how "long" and "hard" you have to work to become a CNA, and it isn't anything compared to what it takes to become a nurse. Heck, the pre-reqs for Nursing are WAY more difficult than the CNA course.

    Please don't take this as putting down people who are CNA's, techs, or anything else. I don't mean it like that. It just irks me when these people get all high and mighty like they have a nursing license when it really is just a 75 hour course. I work very hard in my school work, and it is going to take me a long time to become a nurse, and would hate to think that someone who took one short, easy course would act like they are better than me.

    Unfortunately, the CNA's who act like this are also the people who have the least class. They project a bad image on nursing.

    I have much respect for the CNA's who acknowledge their title and own it. It takes the whole nursing team to be successful.
  5. by   DA314
    Quote from RNsRWe
    18 months to become an LPN?? Seems a bit excessive. Longest one I knew of was 12 months, because they allowed breaks. Only ones in my area are 10 months long.

    Honestly, at 18 months, I'd have to think most would just go the extra year or so in an RN program!
    Well, the 18 months is done during regular school semesters, so I gues if you take out the "breaks" it is closer to 13-14 months. The RN program takes much longer, because you have to complete pre-reqs first and THEN you will probably be on a waiting list. If I do LPN, then bridge to RN, I'll be done sooner than if I took the straight RN route.

    The instructors around here say most people take 3-4 years to finish the ADN program if they go the straight to RN route.

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