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LPN...not good enough?? - page 2

So, I have been an LPN for the last 5 years and I love what I do. But one of my patients that I've had last week was an RN. Now I do not have anything against RN's at all, but she asked me if I was a... Read More

  1. Visit  CYoungLPN profile page
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    Quote from lilaclover6984

    Yes!! This drives me crazy!!! What's wrong with staying a LPN??!! Why does is it only " a great start"? Even other LPNs always feel the need to make excuses for why they are "only" an LPN. We should be proud to be an LPN!!!
    && this!!!!!!
  2. Visit  BostonFNP profile page
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    A nurse is a nurse regardless of their diploma or LPN/LVN or RN or ADN or BSN or MSN or DNP. Be proud of what you are!

    Honestly, I think there are two unfortunate things at play here. Using LPN to leapfrog into practice sends a message to the public, and to other healthcare providers, that LPNs are in some way not viable (which is NOT true). Second is that no other healthcare professions (that I can think of) allow non-terminal degree entry into practice so other health care professionals really don't understand how nursing works.
    Last edit by BostonFNP on Feb 8, '13
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  3. Visit  CYoungLPN profile page
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    Quote from BostonFNP
    A nurse is a nurse regardless of their diploma ot LPN/LVN or RN or ADN or BSN or MSN or DNP.
    &&& THIS!
  4. Visit  larry bemis profile page
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    I start RN school in January but its not cuz I hate being an LPN I love it....I think some RNs are jealous of an LPN cuz we don't have to do all the paperwork we do the grunt work and that's something they miss....I've had RNs tell me they would rather do patient care then discharges and care plans and dealing with doctors and families....I love my license and being an LPN
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  5. Visit  em1025 profile page
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    Quote from larry bemis
    I start RN school in January but its not cuz I hate being an LPN I love it....I think some RNs are jealous of an LPN cuz we don't have to do all the paperwork we do the grunt work and that's something they miss....I've had RNs tell me they would rather do patient care then discharges and care plans and dealing with doctors and families....I love my license and being an LPN
    Thankyou, and good luck
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  6. Visit  AngelicDarkness profile page
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    Advocate - we are nurses If we continue to educate the public, they will continue to recognize us for the nurses we are.

    I'm sorry to hear about your experience OP but this is why I'm a strong supporter for RPN/LPNs.
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  7. Visit  payitforward profile page
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    No, there is NOTHING wrong with you being an LPN!!!!!! If you are good at what you do and you LOVE what you do, there is nothing wrong with it!!! This unfortunately has been an area of contention for YEARS in the nursing community, and I am sick of it! Why is being an LPN look upon as being a "stepping stone" to the "all glorious RN"??? Please! There are just as many are good LPNs and bad RNs as there are great ones. We need to STOP eating our young and lift each other up and encourage each other. I have been an LPN for 20 years, got my degree (BS) in Health Care Management. Not because I didn't want to be an RN, but I'm a good nurse already, and the amount of 'alphabet soup' I have behind my name doesn't indicate how good I am. Keep your head up, be proud and don't take one persons disgruntled opinions as fact!
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  8. Visit  gabulldogs profile page
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    Got LPNs training RNs that are fresh out of school. Trust me when I say very wet behind the ears. So it's not the paper that makes a Great Nurse. EXPERIENCE.
    The only reason I'm putting myself through more grueling classes; LPNs don't have the options anymore since the economy bottom out in 08'. I'm working at a LTC right now and my voiced concerns of neglect just fall on deaf ears! I'm doing what it takes to be heard.
    I've wanted to quit many times, but I know in my heart I'm suppose to help.
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  9. Visit  question8 profile page
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    I am an RN with an associates degree. I have been nursing for just a few years, I am an "old" "new" nurse. I have worked with both LPNs and RNs. To tell you the truth, I do not see any difference. I am aware that there a some things an LPN is not legally allowed to do, but it doesn't mean that an LPN is any less of a nurse. I work in LTC, I am the only RN on the floor, and trust me, many of the LPNs know alot more than I do. I have to say, it really bugs me when you have a nurse as your patient, and they go out of their way to let you know that they are a nurse. Nurses need to stick together, not bring each other down. Nursing is a very rewarding, yet very stressful occupation.
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  10. Visit  merrywhiterose profile page
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    Some of the LPNs where I work have a lot more experience than the RNs. I'd trust whoever has the most experience.
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  11. Visit  FranEMTnurse profile page
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    Quote from em1025
    So, I have been an LPN for the last 5 years and I love what I do. But one of my patients that I've had last week was an RN. Now I do not have anything against RN's at all, but she asked me if I was a nurse, and of course I say yes I am, and the next question was LPN or RN and I answer LPN and she said why are you wasting your time..... I thought that I must have misunderstood what she said and asked her to repeat it again, and the same question came out of her mouth. I never thought an LPN was not good enough, I feel confident in what I do and I feel that the title nurse applies to me too but she had me questioning is this what everyone thinks? The whole time I was doing her lab work, EKG, and instructions, she made sure I knew she was a nurse and she knew more than me and wanted the PA to come and go over some additional questions she had about the instructions I gave her, because apparently I sure could not know what I was talking about... WHY???? I have felt so down about this whole situation, I am proud of what I've accomplished even if it's not what others may want, but honestly she ruined my week....
    You are every bit as much of a nurse as the RN is. Please let your patient's remark go. She is a head case.
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  12. Visit  MochaRN424 profile page
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    I am an RN and I never ask when I am going for a check up etc...oh are you an LPN etc...who am I to judge? Each person makes their decision to pursue their dream. I didn't want to pursue LPN because I felt that I wanted to get the AAS in Nursing but looking back I wish that I would have just went ahead and pursued my BSN. Had I had the confidence in high school in NY I would have been an LPN then because my school was a vocational school so I would have graduated at that level after testing.

    Aren't AAS degree nurses judged by BSN nurses and we take the same NCLEX examiniation? Don't allow someone to put you down..at least you love what you do and I am sure you are very good at what you do. I have met some wonderful LPN's that have been a great help to me when I was new to nursing. I was quick to let them know I don't have a chip on my shoulder...so if you see that I did not do something right or you know a better way..then please tell me. You know what...they did
  13. Visit  cclash profile page
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    I've been retired after 35 years at my local hospital, working as an LPN. I graduated from nursing school in 1976. I had been accepted into three RN programs, one a hospital school, the others Associate degree programs. I choose to be an LPN because I wanted to do direct patient care, and I did, and I loved every minute of it, well, most of them anyway. The RNs I worked with were for the most part just fine, especially after we had worked together for a while. I think we just had to develop a trust, and then things worked. The letters after your name do matter, but the care we give doesn't come from there, it comes from your heart. Make no mistake, LPNs are often looked down on be peers and patients, but if you are doing what you love, and doing it well, in most cases. If not, pack up and move on. There is someplace that is just waiting for your talent.
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