Do LPNs Get the Respect They Deserve? - page 2

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ok, well, i am a pre-nursing student. i am waiting to see if i get accepted to an lpn program right now. i later plan on finishing up and getting my degree after i have worked as an lpn for awhile. since i have made this decision... Read More


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    I work with several LPNs and 2 of them, I greatly respect. (The other one's not bad, it's just that she tends to be a little lazy...personality thing, not a degree thing.) These two ladies have had tons of experience and I have even gone to them with questions before I asked another RN when I started working on this floor. As a return of favor, I always tell them to let me know whenever they need an IV push to be done, blood to be hung, care plan done, or anything else an LPN can't do. Sometimes, while I'm doing something for them, they'll do something for me while I'm doing it. That's the beauty of it all...working together!


    When I worked at another hospital in our area in Labor & Delivery, only RNs were hired...no LPNs or CNAs. On the Mother/Baby floor there, LPNs were hired, but they were used as med nurses. Also at this hospital, CNAs weren't allowed to insert foleys or do BMGs, but at the hospital where I work now, they are allowed to do both. So, I guess it depends on the individual institution what an LPN is allowed to do.
    Good luck in whatever you decide to do!
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    I noticed a big change in what I was allowed to do when I moved from missouri to Wisconsin. In Missouri, LPN's are IV certified in school (during their program) and are charge nursed in LTC. When I came to WI, I had a rude shock. It seemed like they didn't let me do anything. If someone fell, I had to go get an RN to assess them before we got them up off the floor. After a while, I learned that most of these strange rules were imposed by the facility and were not state regulations. The last few weeks I worked there, they kept assigning me (and the other LPN's) to work as CNA's. Thankfully, I have a new job at a drug/alcohol tx house for women. They are excited to have another nurse and they actually want me here. That's a nice change. I would love to work in Pediatrics - but will have to go back to school first. I used to think I would go right back to school, but I have another career (I'm a pastor) and just don't have time
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    It depends on your scope of practice, which varies by state which is the DUMBEST thing I have ever heard of. In the state I currently practice in, there are several things I can't do, hang blood, give IV push meds, etc.
    In the other state I have practiced in, which is 20 minutes away, I can do those things, and have never run into anything yet that I can't do. Although I will say both states have let me work in ER.
    I have been an LPN for 20 years and have had many an RN ask me "how do you do X" so I think experience and knowledge have more to do with it than your degree.
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    I just think that respect is something that is earned, not a given. No matter what your degree. I am an LPN, I know my scope of practice, and I do my job well. I have EARNED respect from coworkers, I did not just assume I would get it.
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    Quote from itsme
    I just think that respect is something that is earned, not a given. No matter what your degree. I am an LPN, I know my scope of practice, and I do my job well. I have EARNED respect from coworkers, I did not just assume I would get it.
    Definitely true in that. I was proud to be an "on the ball" LPN when I was a LPN for many years. People said they thought I was a RN (after knowing me and working with me.) In general, I think most LPNs that I have met are great nurses. I think LPNs get a lot of respect.
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    Respect is definately something earned, but at my last job, the open hostility between the RNs and LPNs was ridiculous. Everytime a particular LPN and RN got into an arguement, that RN always muttered "she oughta go and become a real nurse before she ever tries to tell me what to do again". The whole situation lacked respect, but then again, no one was doing anythign to earn it either.
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    Quote from LPN2Be2004
    Respect is definately something earned, but at my last job, the open hostility between the RNs and LPNs was ridiculous. Everytime a particular LPN and RN got into an arguement, that RN always muttered "she oughta go and become a real nurse before she ever tries to tell me what to do again". The whole situation lacked respect, but then again, no one was doing anythign to earn it either.
    It's a tough thing....with probably no end in sight. It happens. Some RNs feel that LPNs should think it is a given that they know more or make better decisions,...but in some circumstances, it is not true. Sometimes a LPN has come across a situation before or has read up on something and knows more than a particular RN about a certain topic. None of us know everything. Sometimes we don't make the best decision 100% of the time. We all need to listen to the other person....We might learn something.
    I recently had an encounter with a BSN and had similar problems. Because she is a BSN, she thinks she has all the right answers 100% of the time. She doesn't.
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    I am a RN and let me tell you, I have worked with many LPN's that are just plain awesome.......they are knowledgeable, professional and respectful of both RNs and patients. I could not have asked to work with better co-workers. We have LPN's on my med surg floor and some of them know wayyyyy more than some of the RN's I work with and I definately have 2 LPN's that I would prefer to have backing me up over one of the RN's.
    Don't let some rumors scare you about a RN/LPN feud. Learn your stuff and be proud of your profession. Plenty of us RN's respect you!


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    Quote from nurturing_angel
    I am a RN and let me tell you, I have worked with many LPN's that are just plain awesome.......they are knowledgeable, professional and respectful of both RNs and patients. I could not have asked to work with better co-workers. We have LPN's on my med surg floor and some of them know wayyyyy more than some of the RN's I work with and I definately have 2 LPN's that I would prefer to have backing me up over one of the RN's.
    Don't let some rumors scare you about a RN/LPN feud. Learn your stuff and be proud of your profession. Plenty of us RN's respect you!


    Bless you. You ARE an angel! I just started as a new grad in LTC, my RN preceptor is full of praise and tells me that I don't belong in LTC. Unfortunately in my area I don't have a choice right now. I am very medically knowledgable and it was such a pleasure to get such kudos from an RN. There are "good and bad" nurses. The initials behind the name don't tell the story....the proof is in the pudding. Mutual respect is so very important. We don't have time to do battle, we all have people to care for!
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    I am a LPN student...The RN instructor treats me like crap..


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