Licensed practical..what?

  1. Just wondering, in general, does anyone else here have any issues at their work or in their community as not being recognized as a "real nurse". It is starting to bother me to no end. "Are you a nurse or an LPN?" they said. When are you going back to school? Oh you wouldn't know, you're "just" an LPN. I've even heard stories of housekeeping staff saying that LPNs are not real nurses and that anyone she hears saying so she corrects them! A doctor couldn't even address me as a nurse, they referred to me as "that person looking after (enter patient name)" UGH! I feel like this whole thing has taken a shot at me. I worked extremely hard for 2 years in school, wrote the national exam and was very proud of myself the day I became a nurse. Fast forward a few years later and now a days, I feel guilty saying I'm a nurse cause I feel like I'm lying and that somehow that title is only reserved for someone with a degree.

    Anyone else experiencing this? How do you deal with it? I find it hard to ignore.
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  3. by   Davey Do
    This sort of thing has been going on since I got into nursing 35 years ago, nursienurse, and I'm sure it went on a long time before that.

    I liked being an LPN- more patient contact, less responsibility, less charting. I had to put up with comments like "RN stands for real nurse. LPN stands for let's play nurse". I was younger then and much more easily offended.

    Even now, my RN peers often refer to RNs as nurses and leave out LPNs. I try to always include LPNs because, let's face it, a lot of LPNs are more "practical" than RNs. Some of the LPNs I work with can run circles around me or the other RNs in a lot of good ol' basic nursing duties.

    The pecking party goes up the hierarchy list: BSNs are better than ADNs or ASNs. MSNs are better than BSNs. NPs are ubiqutious and held in high esteem. Blah, blah blah.

    I have no magic pill for your ills, nursienurse. We just have to accept that people are going to believe what they want and we need to provide quality care for all those for which we feel empathy, apathy, or just downright resentment.

    The best to you!