Some of the problem is that RN's are jack of all trades in the hospital. So we do a lot of tasks that others do (without a lot of training) and it is easy to generalize and think "I could do that too." I think the physical acts or tasks we do are not too hard, but the thinking of cause and effect, prioritizing, and dealing with varying needs and concerns of special needs patients, coordinating dept's needs with pt concerns, all those things take place on the fly and invisibly in your head while you are running around doing relatively simple tasks. So, if it looks easy, it must BE easy
Everyone thinks they can do what an RN does, and some could, but I would wager that only 20-30% of the LPN's I know could make a good RN, but 70% could make a bad one, and the rest don't want the extra work.
I think when we are talking about, say LPN's taking on RN work we are talking about GOOD results, and when LPN's talk about it they are thinking " I could do it just as well as that BAD RN, why are they dissing me" So they get offended. And who could blame them. I know a few BAD RN's that are of no more use than a stump in the road.
Also when we talk about RN's being professionals and say, CNA's not being. I think of professional as being a legal definition- self regulating body, organized, etc. So some say professional when they are talking about quality of work, and some, like me, say professional referring to the legal definition. So there is a misunderstanding there.