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

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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... Read More


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    I've wondered that sometimes myself, about LPNs/LVNs not being as good as RNs... it doesn't help sometimes that our scope of practice tends to be smaller than an RN's scope of practice, but that doesn't mean we aren't as smart as RNs or that we're not as good at our job.

    I work on a Med/Surg ward, and where I work, I have to ask RNs all the time to do something for a patient for me because it's not in my scope of practice, or ask them a question that I don't know the answer to, but that doesn't mean LPNs/LVNs don't have a place in the nursing world. I've had several of the RNs I work with tell me that I'm a fantastic nurse. Sure, I may not always have the answers to some pt's questions, or something may slip my mind from time to time, but I still try to do as much as I can to keep my patients comfortable and happy, even if they do want to give me attitude about something.
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    Quote from loriangel14
    I don't understand why some people say "LPN is a great place to start". Why is the implication made that LPN is fine but there is something wrong with staying an LPN? I am a PN. I am proud of myslef and what I do. I have desire whatsoever to be an RN.There is no reason to feel that as an LPN you and any less of a nurse.
    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!!!
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    Quote from loriangel14
    I don't understand why some people say "LPN is a great place to start". Why is the implication made that LPN is fine but there is something wrong with staying an LPN? I am a PN. I am proud of myslef and what I do. I have desire whatsoever to be an RN.There is no reason to feel that as an LPN you and any less of a nurse.
    This!
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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!!!!!!
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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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    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!
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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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    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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    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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    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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