as a lpn nursing student, i have been questioned many times as to "why aren't you going to be a rn?" or, i love it(sarcastic) when people see my name tag & ask me what spn means - when i tell them - practical nurse - they just say "oh, i thought you were a real nurse?" :angryfire
seems like many people are against us - ana, sna, hospitals, the public in general. in my clinical experience, i have only come across a few rn's that look down on lpn's & even more so- student lpn's. most of them will spend of their time & effort & kindness teaching a rn or bsn student important nursing information (that lpn's also need to know)- while the lpn students are busy doing bedbaths & changing briefs. i have yet to see the 4 yr. nursing students in our hospital help, let alone, change a bedpan.
i have been hit w/the hard dish of reality that, other than nursing homes & some floor nursing, there is not many places for us. originally, i wanted to work in a ltc, but i got a taste for er & pacu. unfortunately, even after i get my lic., i cannot be hired as a nurse in these areas, but have to settle for a tech.
differences - well, i do not feel that there is much. heck, we can even learn to start iv's after taking a 3 week course after graduation. most differences, i feel, have a lot to do with medicine. lpn's are like the "jack of all trades & masters of none." rn's are a little more "tuned."
my biggest problem is with people, especially on this forum, that state to lpn's who are unhappy w/the lack of respect "why don't you go for your rn?" this makes me soooo :angryfire :angryfire . some people do not want all the responsibilities the rn's have, or can't get into a program, or just want to be a patient nurse.
well, i guess i can step off of my soapbox now. hope this gives you some insite. remember, be proud that you are a lpn student. and above all don't let anyone ever tell you that you are not a real nurse understand?