Great post, Commuter!
People might want to take a look at how nurses are educated in Canada, as their system is somewhat different from that in the US.
Downsouthlaff, I just reread your post and honestly, I think you put forth a good faith effort and did not mean to disparage either RNs or LPNs and that saying that somebody is "down to earth and more everyday, but highly knowledgeable" is not a bad thing and I think I know what you were getting at there.
I think probably the question is unanswerable in a general sense. People themselves are very different. They bring a myriad of unique qualities, prior education post-high school, and cultural experiences with them. They become nurses like the people they are, which is for the most part, a good thing.
The standards set by the education process are to make sure that whatever type of personality one comes in with, they meet minimum standards for practice under the license they earn.
For me, I try to take people as they come, no matter what their degree or the letters after their name. This has helped me avoid embarrassment on one hand and expecting a level of expertise based on my notions of what a person with advanced education would display in their technical and interpersonal selves while in the work environment on the other.
I've felt like a doofus for unconsciously talking down to someone I assumed lacked expertise and been left holding the bag for expecting a higher level from someone based on their degree. Hope that makes a little bit of sense.