LPN-RN partnership in nursing-a gentle reminder

  1. A Gentle Reminder.....


    Hello RN, it's me LPN. (Not JLPN..JUST an LPN.) Don't look behind you, I'm not there. Don't look down, I'm not there either. Look beside you, that's where I am.
    We're on the same team. I help you, you help me, and together we get it done. Vitals need to be taken.If I'm busy, and you have time,you can take them. Putting a patient on a commode is not strictly an LPN duty, nor an RN duty - it is a nursing duty. Emptying commodes is a nursing duty. Please do not leave them in the room, hallway, or service room for me to do. Stool gatherer, urine collector, sputum catcher, yes I am, as you are. If you don't know which container, ask me, and I'll show you. There will be things I'll want to ask you too. Don't roll your eyes, or become impatient with me. No one knows everything. I have things I must get done too. My nursing duties are just as important as yours. I have things to chart, assessments to do. I have my own governing body and standards of practice, to which I hold myself accountable.. Please don't ask me to do something just because you'd rather not do it yourself. That's not what LPN's are for. Besides, it's not fair. I love nursing and I hope you do too. When LPN's and RN's work together it's a wonderful nursing partnership, and a very productive team. So come and work with me, .........
    Partner.

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  2. 87 Comments

  3. by   Russ Dowling
    BRAVO!
  4. by   RRMLPN
    EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!!!
  5. by   michellelpn
    WELL PUT!!!!! THAT IS HOW IT SHOULD BE !!!!!!
  6. by   nursedarlene
    VERY WELL SAID!!!!!!! If everyone felt that way nursing would be so much better!!
  7. by   auntmimi57
    ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
    Last edit by auntmimi57 on May 15, '04
  8. by   RRMLPN
    Mimiboop,

    Really sorry to hear you were treated in such a way. I guess anywhere you work you tend to have one or two(or three if your really unlucky!!!) that make the atmosphere at work a little hard to bear sometimes. I too have had my difficulties so i can empathize (sp) with you. If you ever come my way to work, i can garuntee i'll be more than willing to give a smile and any help i can offer.
  9. by   RNforLongTime
    Leesonlpn,

    What you posted was very well put! I am an RN, but have worked with LPN's over the course of my 4 year career. Most were good but a few had a problem with us RN's. I am sure that you get "dumped" on a lot. I have never considered myself above empying a bedpan or a urinal. The last hospital I worked at made the RN's cover the LPN's assignment. So if I had 6 pt's of my own and had to cover 2 of the LPN's 6 pts then I actually had 8 patients that I was responsible for. I was required to assess the LPN's pt's that I was assigned to cover then I had to co-sign the LPN's charting and if there was a problem that warranted calling the Doctor I had to do that as well. In PA, LPN's are not allowed to accept phone orders from Doctors. Not complaining here just explaining. Now I don't work side by side with any LPNs. I learned a lot from some of the ones that I used to work with and what you posted was very well put!

    Kelly
  10. by   thundercat LPN
    WOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOO


    I ARGEE WITH YOU 100% TO BAD EVERYONE DIDNT IT WOULD BE A BETTER PLACE FOR OUR PATIENTS
  11. by   thundercat LPN
    I Love My Job!I love my job, I love the pay!I love it more and more each day.I love my boss, he is the best!I love his boss and all the rest.I love my office and its location, I hate to have to go on vacation.I love my furniture, drab and grey, and piles of paper that grow each day!I think my job is really swell, there's nothing else I love so wellII love to work among my peers, I love their leers, and jeers, and sneers.I love my computer and its software;I hug it often though it won't care. I love each program and every file.I'd love them more if they worked a while.I'm happy to be here. I am. I am.I'm the happiest slave of the Firm, I am.I love this work, I love these chores.I love the meetings with deadly bores.I love my job - I'll say it again - I even love those friendly men.Those friendly men who've come today,In clean white coats to take me away!!!!!
  12. by   michellelpn
    I really like that though I was beginning to wonder about you. Some times the job is great and the people we work with and for are too.

  13. by   Rn2BinMaine
    I also work with RN's and there are just a handful of LPN's on the med/surg floor that I work on. The RN's are great, we all work well together and have no "this isn't my job " type of stuff going on. When new hires are oriented, it is made clear to them within a few days that LPN's are treated the same as RN's, and vice versa. Of course, they can observe this anyways without being told nicely and politely. We have run into the few new hires who had an attitude problem, and either they left because they couldn't put up with our "no attitude" unspoken policy, or were given the cold shoulder, so to say, that they left eventually on their own. When it comes to patient care, there is no line drawn where only a certain type of license is allowed to do a certain job. Be it a bedpan, bedchange, etc.. Not having CNA's where I work, we really need to pitch in and help each other. I am now attending my last two semesters for my ADN and vow to NEVER have an attitude to any fellow nurse because of what type of license they should hold.
  14. by   auntmimi57
    ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
    Last edit by auntmimi57 on May 15, '04

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