LPN...not good enough?? - page 4

by em1025

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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 wish people like doctors and advanced degreed individuals would realize that GOD gave us all gifts and talents to use which help us make our way in the world. I have known LPN/LVN that I would sooner work with than some RN or MD. If you are doing the best you can with what GOD gave you, then don't pay critical people any mind. I say let go, and let GOD. Does this always work?, no, but most of the time it works for me. Keep up the good work.
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    Just to put things in perspective, this whole "RN vs. LPN" thing goes on in other career fields too, not just healthcare. On top of my LPN training, I have an AA in Early Childhood Education-with that degree I could be a pre-school or daycare teacher, but not a teacher in public schools (I would need a Bachelors in Education for that). Public school teachers make alot better money than daycare or pre-school teachers, and have alot more respect. It's sad because any teacher, just like any nurse, is important. I am currently very close to finishing my Bachelors degree in Health Education, but who would think because I'm just an LPN right? People are always going to judge and always going to compare-it's an unfortunate facet of human nature.
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    I know some LPN's that know more and run circles around the RN's. The honest RN's admit it. What I can't stand is when a RN calls themself a Nurse and a LPN and LPN in the same sentance. "The Nurse must do the initial assesment, the LPN can do the intitial interview." Someone please tell me again what the "N" in RN, LPN, and CNA stands for?
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    Never let them get you down! There are too many RN's that think they are better than anyone, if she treated you like that just imagine how she treated her former co worker. Nurses like that give nursing a bad name. These are the kind of nurses that think doctors don't know what they are doing, dangerous! I'm just surprised she thought the PA would know more than her. Keep up the good work and always remember why your doing it in the first place.
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    Quote from rnsdogs
    Never let them get you down! There are too many RN's that think they are better than anyone, if she treated you like that just imagine how she treated her former co worker. Nurses like that give nursing a bad name. These are the kind of nurses that think doctors don't know what they are doing, dangerous! I'm just surprised she thought the PA would know more than her. Keep up the good work and always remember why your doing it in the first place.
    Thanks
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    I find it quite amusing that people feel that way about LVN'S. The hospital where I did my clinicals had LVN's and RN's working the E.R. and the RN's would even tell you, the LVN'S ran circles around them. They were just as competent if not more so in certain areas than than the RN'S. I feel it is more about ego than skill.
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    I'm an LPN, I hv enough credits to bridge and the head of our nursing school loves me and told me she has a slot for me. I hated nursing school, the stress was terrible. My husband is a pilot, I don't need to work. I'm a nurse bc it's what I hv always wanted. Being an RN would open more doors for me, but it's not worth the stress to me and we are financially sound. Idc what ppl think. I never have. I'm happy with who I am and what I do. If someone doesn't think I'm a real nurse it's on them and they can feel free to apply to nursing school. It's what you think that matters.
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    Quote from NursePelican
    I know some LPN's that know more and run circles around the RN's. The honest RN's admit it. What I can't stand is when a RN calls themself a Nurse and a LPN and LPN in the same sentance. "The Nurse must do the initial assesment, the LPN can do the intitial interview." Someone please tell me again what the "N" in RN, LPN, and CNA stands for?
    Well, CNA stands for Certified Nursing Assistant. They are not nurses. "Nurse" is a legally protected title that can only be used by RNs and LPNs.
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    I've been teaching PN students for the past three years and I'm very proud of the graduates and what they've been able to accomplish after just a year in school. We have an 87% pass rate on the boards and most of the graduates have jobs in nursing. Hospitals are not hiring LPN's in the urban areas of NJ & PA but nursing homes and prisons are. But the writing is on the wall for my students mostly because of a study by Linda Aiken, RN, a Ph.D at the University of PA, who proved (by Dr Aiken and by others replicating her study) that patient outcomes were better if the nurse caring for patients had a BSN. She studied the charts of over 20,000 patients so it was a signficant study size. We've even lost some clinical sites because the hospitals decided to only have BSN students in their buildings and asked the LPN and AD programs to find other clinical sites. I strongly disagree with this practice but there wasn't much I could do; those places no longer hire LPN's and therefore felt they only wanted to teach BSN students because that's who they were looking to hire. I now tell my students to be the best LPN they can be but to look for an RN program ASAP after graduation. My school also now has an LPN to RN Bridge program to assist them in their educational endeavors.
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    Quote from Jeffthenurse
    I've been teaching PN students for the past three years and I'm very proud of the graduates and what they've been able to accomplish after just a year in school. We have an 87% pass rate on the boards and most of the graduates have jobs in nursing. Hospitals are not hiring LPN's in the urban areas of NJ & PA but nursing homes and prisons are. But the writing is on the wall for my students mostly because of a study by Linda Aiken, RN, a Ph.D at the University of PA, who proved (by Dr Aiken and by others replicating her study) that patient outcomes were better if the nurse caring for patients had a BSN. She studied the charts of over 20,000 patients so it was a signficant study size. We've even lost some clinical sites because the hospitals decided to only have BSN students in their buildings and asked the LPN and AD programs to find other clinical sites. I strongly disagree with this practice but there wasn't much I could do; those places no longer hire LPN's and therefore felt they only wanted to teach BSN students because that's who they were looking to hire. I now tell my students to be the best LPN they can be but to look for an RN program ASAP after graduation. My school also now has an LPN to RN Bridge program to assist them in their educational endeavors.
    I'm in Lpn school and my teacher tells me the same thing. Not because we aren't good enough, but the opportunities for us are slim lately because of magnet statuses.
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