LPN...not good enough?? - page 9

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. by   LadyFree28
    Quote from Franemtnurse
    When I went to school here in PA, I was taught that LPNs are only restricted from hanging blood, and can hang IVs
    Yes; I was IV PICC certified as an LPN in PA.

    They just broadened the scope of LPNs, RNs and NPs in PA; it is one the BON website.
  2. by   LadyFree28
    Quote from SleeepyRN
    There REALLY needs to be standardization of these things. It shows the curriculum in schools is somewhat scattered. It wasn't til the last semester that we learned about hanging blood. Therefore the LPNs here would not have learned it while in school. We learned it in our critical care class which was the last semester. I think there was too much fluff crap in our first semester that the time could have been utilized better learning more things
    Sleepy it's standardized by the State BON and also facility specific; I worked where I could draw labs off a PICC line, no IV push; There were RNs who couldn't draw labs off a PICC; some places have IV push machines, hence LPNs could hang IV push meds; schooling gives you enough of the essential framework of skills and knowledge you need; it is up to the facility to spell out the tasky skills that is permitted.
  3. by   payitforward
    Please,please don't let one sour puss spoil and degrade how you feel about yourself as a NURSE. You went to school, and sat boards just like she did, and you SHOULD be proud of what you have accomplished. I know many an RN that I HAVE worked circles around as well as some good ones. Don't let anyone demean who you are!!!
  4. by   Lmomma
    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.
    THANK YOU! I feel this exact same way. I will be graduating in less than 8 weeks from my LPN program and do not have any desire to be an RN. I don't know why everyone assumes that I am just "starting". I plan on building a fulfilling career as an LPN. I will be very proud of my accomplishment when I graduate and call myself a nurse!
  5. by   hppygr8ful
    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....


    My Daddy used to say that you wouldn't care so much what other people thought of you if you realized how rarely they did. That being said If you are good at what you do and are happy in that role there is no reason to sell yourself short. There will always be patients who are retired nurses and doctors who will question your abilities but that number is small compared to vast majority of those you will care for in a lifetime.

    Everybody takes their own path and no one aspect of nursing is better than another only different and prepared to care for people differently. I too have been asked why "I am selling myself short working LTC" I find such questions rude and not worthy of an answer but if I am feeling feisty I might say well I'm taking BSN courses so I can one day be your boss.

    I work with a great team of caregivers; CNA, LPN, ADN, BSN and we all bring valuable talents to the table. We have each others back in a very busy situation and I wouldn't trade a single one of them.