I'd rather "just be an LPN" than be a person with all of that responsibility and be miserable. This is not to say that those that choose to become RNs do not enjoy their positions, but I know for myself, I'd be MISERABLE. And, it is true, most of the BSN and MSN nurses are not in the trenches...they are in the office far removed from us. Plus, they have to continously kiss butt with the upper crust to stay there. Not my move.
I see most of the RNs at my job in literal tears behind the stress. One of the things I began to see is that the implementation part of the nursing process is not usually done by that particular RN when they make care plans
. They have to rely on LPNs, CNAs, physicians, etc to assist in this, and unfortunately, no one really cares about what the RN is going through. I know I can count on myself, but I can't guarentee what another person will do. I had hell in my clinic today because one doctor needed an EKG (stable patient), another needed a nebulizer treatment done for a client and another needed a fingerstick. The assistants all scattered and pretended to be busy. I went to the RN and told her that I was going to do the nebulizer treatment for the airway problem, and she had to go and practically beg them to do the rest. Hey, I made sure my job was done...I prioritized...airway, breathing, circulation... the rest, unfortunately, was that RN. Don't want that headache everyday...no way.