"Just an LPN"....does anyone else get discouraged? - page 6

Hello nurses! I have been discouraged lately...I feel like I am constantly fighting off the stigma of being "just an LPN." When people ask what I do, I always say I am a nurse....they then want... Read More

  1. by   akcarmean
    Do what's in your heart. If you are content with being an LPN tell them that I love my job and wouldn't trade it for the world and leave it at that.
  2. by   stn2003
    as a PCT/CNA and nursing student, I often find myself in the position either at work(hospital) or at school where someone will look at me and call me "nurse", assuming I am b/c I am in scrubs i guess.

    I always make it very clear to these people, be it family members or pts or whomever that I am the STUDENT nurse or the nursing ASSISTANT (depending on my function that day lol), not the NURSE. Then usually I ask them what their room number is and direct them to the nurse for that room (considering usually their ?s are about meds).

    I believe in my state it is ILLEGAL to call yourself a nurse/pass yourself off as a nurse if you are not liscensed. I may perform some of the duties of 'nursing a person back to health (feeding, bathing, offering fluids etc.)' but i would NEVER misrepresent myself as the nurse.

    It is scary to think that there are people who do this : / It is dangerous.
  3. by   Fiona59
    NURSE is a protected title in the two provinces I held a license. You have to have a nurses education to earn it.

    Families in LTC call everyone nurse and the NA's never made an effort to tell them otherwise. Even had a few who stated "well, in my country I was a nurse". The point is they had no valid credentials for the province they were working in, could not do wound care, assess or medicate the patient.

    Heck, if I don't renew and pay for my license on a yearly basis I can't call myself a nurse....
  4. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I believe in my state it is ILLEGAL to call yourself a nurse/pass yourself off as a nurse if you are not liscensed. I may perform some of the duties of 'nursing a person back to health (feeding, bathing, offering fluids etc.)' but i would NEVER misrepresent myself as the nurse.
    Well said.
  5. by   LadyT618
    Quote from stn2003
    as a PCT/CNA and nursing student, I often find myself in the position either at work(hospital) or at school where someone will look at me and call me "nurse", assuming I am b/c I am in scrubs i guess.

    I always make it very clear to these people, be it family members or pts or whomever that I am the STUDENT nurse or the nursing ASSISTANT (depending on my function that day lol), not the NURSE. Then usually I ask them what their room number is and direct them to the nurse for that room (considering usually their ?s are about meds).

    I believe in my state it is ILLEGAL to call yourself a nurse/pass yourself off as a nurse if you are not liscensed. I may perform some of the duties of 'nursing a person back to health (feeding, bathing, offering fluids etc.)' but i would NEVER misrepresent myself as the nurse.

    It is scary to think that there are people who do this : / It is dangerous.
    Couldn't have said it better myself.
  6. by   ProfRN4
    Quote from weetziebat

    but now, with an associate degree, i have people ask me if i'm a two or a four year r.n. - aaaarrrggh! i wonder if people do that to m.d.'s - ya know, "oh, are you a neurosurgeon - or just a dermatologist?


    i don't think people mean it in a mean way - they just don't think before they speak. but it does show how little the general public knows about the roles of all nurses.
    when i graduated with my associates degree (rn), people would always say to me, 'oh, you're an lpn. you can't be an rn with only 2 yrs of school'. it was very frustrating, lay people telling me what i am. after all, they knew better than me.

    then if i mentioned i was going back to school, it almost confirmed it to everyone that i wans't really an rn. i really don't like to mention to some that i am still in school (msn), because people hear what they want to hear. it's all about the public's perception and education. it's just very annoying.
  7. by   LoriChr
    There will always be those who tell us we are "just an LPN", or "just a nurse". Some people seem to savor trying to make others feel bad about themselves. Often they have no concept of what a nurse does.
    Right now I work in a physician office and my job title requires an LPN. I would have to find a different job within the clinic or find a different place to work were I to go back for my RN degree. I love my job and am very happy where I am, so no plans.
  8. by   1BlessedRN
    Quote from tferdaise
    My normal responce when I have a RN call me "Low Paid Nurse", yea real low paid, "I made 65K last year, how about yourself." I am agency, and work my butt off. That usally shuts the staff RN up real quick. At one hospital I go to a lot, I am usally on of the only "nurses" wh can read a Tele Strip while the other "Real Nurses" stand around picking thier noses. I am ACLS also, and I usally get the patients with a lot of drips. Not bad for a "Little Pretend Nurse"


    Take pride in what you are doing and excel in it...

    Tony/PHX


    "Some where in Texas, a village is missing its idiot"

    Tony.... HATS OFF TO YOU LOVED YOUR POST:hatparty: :hatparty:
  9. by   mattsmom81
    When I was a LPN yes I heard that...and its hard sometimes to grit your teeth, smile and use the comment as an opportunity to educate the public about the differing roles in nursing (if the comment is from the general public I tend to think it more innocent)

    As far as others putting us down, well it happens...rude people with issues are everywhere and the academic elitists are everywhere. When I became an RN it was "'why didn't you become a doctor, NP, CRNA, etc...you're too smart for this work". <sigh>

    Just consider the source and the intent is my advice. Some are merely questioning, others definitely giving a put down. Choose your response, don't get your blood presure up about ignorant people.
  10. by   blondiii
    I am so happy to have been accepted in the extremely competitive program at the local jr. college, and have done very well so far. Right from the start my advisors were adding up my college credits which would apply to entry into the ADN program, when to take the test, and so on, AS IF the LPN program isn't enough! lol It's all been new to me!! Everyone & his brother tells me to "go on." Go on WHAT, I sometimes don't know what I'm studying NOW. I DO NOT WANT TO BE AN RN. READ MY LiPNS. I want to be an LPN. I'm fifty flippin two and am totally satisfied albeit overwhelmed with the amount of studying there is to do. The pharmacology is the SAME ENTIRE program which the RN's will have completed. It is very presumptious to assume that LPN's want to be RN's, like telling a teacher she has to aim to be the principal of the school, or a senator that he has to be the president, and so on. Some of my classmates are going on in the nursing program. Good for them! I have made better grades than most everyone, so it has nothing to do with that. I will be so satisfied if I pass the NCLEX-PN, then apply the complicated knowledge in a hospital, etc. But I see what y'all mean. Rude remarks are annoying. And don't disqualify your profession with "just" a ____, cause that just feeds it.
  11. by   Sondra Cash
    I have been just an LPN for almost 36 years.I never had a problem in LTC about a title I worked my way up to ADON.I retired from LTC and went to work in a ER,about 6 months ago.I was floored at the attitude towards LPN'S.In fact just yesterday the RN'S have us wear big red name tags that say LPN'S or RN'S.I just laughed :chuckle because there are only 3 of us in the ER,the cna's get more respect.I do not pay much attention to all this because I like who I am and what I do.If I had wanted to be an RN I would have years ago.I make good money and don't have the responsibilty the Real Nuts (RN) have.Just be all you can be and do the best you can.A title is just a title .
    Sondra
  12. by   LPN1974
    My DON made a comment once that I felt she could have kept......
    We have student PN's come to our facility during their training, for a few days, to shadow some nurses.
    My DON said she wanted to stop the SPNs from coming and get RN students instead, she said the SPNs were "alot of trouble".
    That was offensive to me. Every student has to have training.
    Some RN students did come last year and all I saw them do was sit in there in the medical records room and look at charts. They didn't go out in the field and see what was going on with the people we serve.
  13. by   mattsmom81
    I worked with a wonderful CNA who had been working acute care for decades...she was so sharp, I trusted her implicitly and she was seldom wrong when she alerted me to a problem. Her senses were so in tune with her patients she detected small changes...years of instinct developed. She told me she didn't WANT to be a nurse, she was happy with her role and felt it a valued one. I agreed with her...I loved working with her and respected her contributions. We should all feel this way about our chosen role.

    In Texas LPN's are not limited in their roles and I worked side by side with many exceptional nurses who were LPN's. One experienced LPN quit RN school when she learned the hospital was going to LOWER her wage if she became an RN. Amazing she would have to work her way up another payscale tier!!.

    Experienced LPN's are in great demand in the Dallas Fort Worth area as agency, as another poster pointed out. They have the experience most staff nurses appreciate, and the facilities get off cheaper bringing them in instead of RN's. So I know quite a few LPN's who do very well financially in this role.

    I do get tired of the elitism and lack of solidarity in nursing...it seems its primarily a BSN proponent group who feel its OK to look down on LPNs, (as well as 2 yr and 3 yr RN's) I suspect their schooling promotes this, but I choose not to let it get my BP up any further than it already is. LOL.

    One of my best friends and coworkers is a LPN...and she could take care of me or my family anytime. Not all RN's look down on LPN's. Go with that.

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