Even the media doesn't consider us "nurses"?! - page 2
by CT Pixie
:mad:Just read a headline for a local news station regarding an on going strike at a few LTC facilities here in CT. The first two words of the first line of the article just made me see red and want to spit nails! (I put the... Read More
- 0Jun 21, '10 by rn/writer GuideIt may be that the reporter/writer said, "Registered nurses, LPNs . . ." and someone edited out the first word (thinking it wasn't necessary) in the interest of streamlining the copy.
Let the station know you are unhappy with the omission. Explain that the "N" in LPN stands for nurse. But do keep in mind that a courteous, explanatory letter will probably be taken more seriously (and be more likely to receive a response) than a tirade.
Many people are misinformed. So, inform them. But do it decently and without malice. Going at them loaded for bear is only going to invite defensive attitudes and extinguish any sympathy they might have had.
I suggest something like this--
In the interest of helping your station keep its news accurate, I want to call your attention to an error that was made in this story (give identifying info). Your reporter spoke of nurses and LPNs as if they were separate groups. They are not.
LPN stands for Licensed Practical Nurse. If the reporter had said "registered nurses" and LPNs, that would have been fine. As stated, it only adds to the confusion that many people have about LPNs.
I know this is not a big blip on your radar, but to those of us in the healthcare field (a sizable percentage of your audience), it's a noticeable mistake.
In the future, if you have reason to refer to LPNs, please do so with the awareness that even though they are not RNs, they most certainly are nurses.
- 0Jun 23, '10 by DaneluvinLPNThe truths is that ,in most cases, LPN's are not treated with any respect for thier knowledge or skills. LPN's are looked at as a step above STNA 's in the respect that we are only thier to be a work horse. ( I personally believe STNA's get abosolutely no credit for the part they contribute to pt. care and how important they are) We are treated as though we have no more knowledge base than how to pop pills out of packages and hand them out, and this line of thinking is DEFINITELY perpetuated from RN education right thru to managment and other RN's. I can't tell you how many new RN grads come on the scene with such and air of superiority and try from the first to tell me what's what. They haven't a CLUE but because they have RN next to thier name LPN's have to tiptoe around because we know when push comes to shove we will loose our jobs over the most minor of things while the RN can screw up BIG TIME and never have to worry for a second !!!!
Most of the time I'm treated like a mindless med pusher whose only purpose is to get the meds out on time. I wish I would have known what I know now when I was in school I wouldn;t have tried so hard to get straight A's. What was the point of all that studying and learning if was never going to be taken seriously or given the chance to use my skills. I could have been a LOT less stressed and still passed the NCLEX