Why LPN?? - page 13

i often wondered why some people choose to become an lpn verses an rn, or why go for a 2 year program and just not go for 2 more years to get your bs? especially with the threatened lpn layoffs, the... Read More

  1. by   kids
    This thread is revived every few months so I want to take a moment to point out that this thread was started on March 3, 2001. So please, if you should find yourself taking offense to a post or inclined to qoute or otherwise address a posters comments directly consider the age of the post you are replying to.

    Thanks
    -nancy
  2. by   LilStudent
    Suzy K wrote: I've only worked with one or two in my 3 years, luckily for me they weren't Iris or Realnurse.

    Well, Suzy K, I think that Iris and Realnurse are the lucky ones. They've never worked with YOU. I'm just a student right now working towards becoming an RN. When I am a nurse I will have respect for CNA's, LPN's and RN's. You should have respect for all the people in this profession. All those laid off LPN's in your area should come to Florida. The work here is abundant for all types of healthcare professionals!

    You talk about receiving "intelligent" responses from some LPN's. Those people are simply the ones that said what you wanted to hear. You seriously need to open your mind.
    Last edit by LilStudent on Aug 3, '03
  3. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Originally posted by C.LO
    I feel that LPN's are not neccessary for patient health care. I understand the rationale for certain hospitals to eradicate LPN's. I feel they are more of an added responsiblity to the R.N.
    Please tell me this when I am out straight and an LPN can come along and give some meds, comfort a distraught patient and write the note on it, fill in the gaps when I am so busy I can't see straight. He/she is an added responsibility? Having no staff is an added responsibility!

    The LPN's I work with are more up on assessment skills and are often able to see things that I can't. I would bank on a lot more of my LPN's than my RN's.
  4. by   Jay-Jay
    Originally posted by LilStudent
    Suzy K wrote: I've only worked with one or two in my 3 years, luckily for me they weren't Iris or Realnurse.

    Well, Suzy K, I think that Iris and Realnurse are the lucky ones. They've never worked with YOU. I'm just a student right now working towards becoming an RN. When I am a nurse I will have respect for CNA's, LPN's and RN's. You should have respect for all the people in this profession. All those laid off LPN's in your area should come to Florida. The work here is abundant for all types of healthcare professionals!

    You talk about receiving "intelligent" responses from some LPN's. Those people are simply the ones that said what you wanted to hear. You seriously need to open your mind.
    Have PM'd the poster re. the above post, which was in response to some posts made in 2001. Also, have asked the other mods re. the possible need to lock this thread. In the meantime, please, please be respectful and polite to one another! And PLEASE read the thread, especially the more recent posts!
  5. by   ainz
    What nasty words we have for one another. Perfect example of the profession of nursing imploding on itself with all of the bickering and arguing.

    What if you had taken your child to see the doctor because of a serious illness and you asked the doctor about his education, training, and skills to be a doctor, and he said:

    Well, there are many routes to become a doctor, I finished the 1 year program but I am thinking about going on to either the 2 year or 4 year program and finish my MD. Then I may go on and do a residency, but I do have a certification in pediatrics.

    All workers have value--CNA, LPN, RN, and so on, that is not the issue. As long as their are multiple levels of education and all are called "nurse," nursing will never advance to be recognized as a true profession. There are NO professions that require only 1 year of technical training to be qualified to be in the profession. The idea that all can do the same things, can bring the same level of care to a patient is ridiculous.

    There is a difference in custodial care, technical work, and professional practice. This does not mean all levels are not helpful.
  6. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    This DEFINATELY needs locked out.:angryfire
  7. by   canoehead
    I agree ainz, but I never heard it put so well before. We need one route and perhaps a name for RN qualified individuals besides "nurse" since it could mean so many different things.
  8. by   Empress
    Originally posted by ainz
    There are NO professions that require only 1 year of technical training to be qualified to be in the profession.
    Off the top of my head, firefighters and paramedics generally go through one year of technical training. But that's a whole nother barrell of fish, isn't it?

    I found your post rather rude.
  9. by   iliel
    Originally posted by Empress
    Off the top of my head, firefighters and paramedics generally go through one year of technical training. But that's a whole nother barrell of fish, isn't it?

    I found your post rather rude.
    Dental Assistants, medical assistants, phlebotomists, medical coding, etc. I had one year of DA training, took the Ca RDA exam and am VERY qualified to give pt care in a dental office.

    I find nothing wrong with LPN/LVN's. We need to respect each others choices when it comes to education, jobs, etc.
    Last edit by iliel on Aug 4, '03
  10. by   gwenith
    Originally posted by LPN2Be2004
    This DEFINATELY needs locked out.:angryfire
    Currently under consideration.

    Will do so if the posts degenerate into a flame war. Remember most of the posts are from a couple of years ago and a lot of people have changed their minds since then. I for one, would like to think this bulletin board has become more tolerant of all "levels" of nursing.

    Lets stop looking for the things that divide us and start looking for our commonalities. Whatever we are we are still NURSES. We all get the same rubbish thrown at us, we all have to clean things we don't want to come near, we all have too much responsibility for our pay and we none of us get paid what we truly deserve.

    The length of time you spent in a university has no correlation to how good a nurse you are - believe me!!!!
  11. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    "The length of time you spent in a university has no correlation to how good a nurse you are - believe me!!!!"

    Very, very true. A nurse at the nursing home i worked at had her Master's degree, yet lacked a bedside manner, and residents often complained how rude she was. She must have left her personality in her locker maybe.

    Disheartens (actually not the word for it, but i'm restraining myself) me that there are ALWAYS going to be people out there who will see me as less than professional simply because my education for nursing is not from a college or a university. Not that it would stop me, HA! Whenever i do become an RN, i'll definately have a more open mind on this than a few others have. Since i will have "been there, done that" as an LPN, i'll definately know how it feels for people to think you're less than qualified simply because your job title is "LPN", and would keep this in mind as an RN. But heyeeee that's just me .
  12. by   Tweety
    I hope it doesn't get locked. It's a longstanding issue, that people obviously have opinions about. I say let it continue.
    But an all out flame war is one thing.

    Basically, I see a few people not supporting the idea of LPN, or thinking they are "nursier than thou", but an overwhelming support for respect of each other.
  13. by   Grace Oz
    This old argument has been doing the rounds for years and years and years!!!...
    We ALL make CHOICES in life. There are many many, and varied, reasons a person studies for one or another level of nursing.
    But, if we just walk together long enough, and talk together long enough, eventually we'll ALL come to understand AND, hopefully!, RESPECT one another! ....
    As for who's "better", more qualified, cleverer, works harder, longer, who holds more prestige, etc etc...
    In some cultures, nurses are seen as nothing more than servants, or thought of as lowly "bottom of the pack", "blue collar" workers.
    At the end of the day..... we're ALL servants!!
    No matter which route we took to become a nurse, a nurse is a nurse is a nurse.
    Cheers,
    Grace

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