LPN'S are NURSES TOO - page 4

We, LPN'S need to speak up more and grab the attention of administrators,Legislators, (State and Federal) Governors ,the public and anybody else who views the RN as the only true nurse. Just the same... Read More

  1. by   imnrs2
    That is exactly the thought that I would like to further that the LPN should have additional training and certification. Directed only to the further education of the LPN. Such things occured with the RN here in upstate new York in there specialty They became RNC as they were certified in the specialty that they were working.
  2. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from imnrs2
    That is exactly the thought that I would like to further that the LPN should have additional training and certification. Directed only to the further education of the LPN. Such things occured with the RN here in upstate new York in there specialty They became RNC as they were certified in the specialty that they were working.
    That is not a bad idea, maybe the LPN organizations need to take note of this, or maybe there is something available that we aren't aware of. The only thing I think an LPN can be certified in as a specialty is Long Term Care Certification. I hear rumors of wound care, but haven't received confirmation on that one, yet.
  3. by   S.N. Visit
    I'm very proud to be a brand new "LPN!". If it weren't for my state not allowing LPN's to work in occupational or community health, I'd stay an LPN!
  4. by   Cherybaby
    I think there is a tremendous ripple effect. NP's acting as though they are far above an RN, RN's chastising LPN's, LPN's looking down on Medical Assistants, MA's feeling superior to CNA's.

    And it makes me wonder...aren't we all part of the same team? I mean, we all want what is best for the patient. Isn't that the ultimate goal?

    I love being an LPN. I love having more hands on time with my patients. If I wanted to push paper and do charts, I would have stayed a paralegal. But, I don't feel I am any better than a seasoned Medical Assistant and frankly, I also feel I know a lot more than many RN's I have worked with.

    Experience is key. Nothing more.
  5. by   SuesquatchRN
    LPN's can get all sorts of additional certifications, from inserting and starting IV's to LTC.
  6. by   rn1997
    I have been a RN for almost 10 years and would not be where I am today or know the things I know today if it was not for the LPNs that I work with. I have the upmost respect for them and believe they should SHOUT very loud that they too are nurses. There are several LPNs or Nursing Assistants that I would rather have my back than some of the RNs I work with.
  7. by   rn1997
    our CNO has really pissed off our LPNs by basically saying they want an all RN staff, says it is best for the patient. I am an RN I diffently don't think it is best for the patient. I am an RN that has no problem doing any job from butt wiping to digging out inpactions, I work as hard as I expect my staff to work. My question is how as a supervisor can I get my LPN staff morale back up and make them feel they are an important part of my team. They know I don't feel that way but they are still very negative all the time.
  8. by   blueheaven
    Quote from traumaRUs
    Health care in the US and the nursing shortage/excess is cyclical. Jules is right - the way to get respect for a profession is to lobby for it and make the public aware. I'll be honest here, I was an LPN for two years while I got my RN. I worked in LTC and the RN's had no respect for me. It was at that point that I decided that I would always try to remember that we are a team of healthcare providers and we all contribute to the ultimate goal of helping people.
    I thank God for all the excellent LPN's that I have had the pleasure of working with over the years. When I was a new nurse on a telemetry floor and didn't know a PVC from a PAC, they took me under their wing and taught me what I needed to know. There have been many times I would have taken one GOOD LPN over the 2 RNs that were scheduled with me. I never have understood why some of my RN coworkers treat them the way they do. Too many times, it is forgotten that we are supposed to be a team.
  9. by   foxxcat
    Quote from traumaRUs
    Health care in the US and the nursing shortage/excess is cyclical. Jules is right - the way to get respect for a profession is to lobby for it and make the public aware. I'll be honest here, I was an LPN for two years while I got my RN. I worked in LTC and the RN's had no respect for me. It was at that point that I decided that I would always try to remember that we are a team of healthcare providers and we all contribute to the ultimate goal of helping people.
    THAT JUST SHOWS ALL OF US ( LPN's) WHAT RN's think of us
    WHAT EACH AND EVERYONE OF US LPN's MUST ALWAYS KEEP IN MIND IS WE ARE JUST AS GOOD AS ANY RN, THERE's REASONS WHY WE DID NOT GO ON TO RN, (MONEY, FAMILY ISSUES AND SO ON) BUT WE ARE ALSO NURSES AND 99% OF THE TIME WE DO THE HANDS ON THAT RN' s CAN'T OR WON'T DO . WONDER WHY THAT IS .
    TO ALL RN'S THAT WERE LPN'S I TAKE MY HAT OFF TO YOU. CONGRATS!!!!! BUT REMEMBER WHERE YOU CAME FROM AND TREAT LPN's WITH THE UP MOST RESPECT!!!!!!!!!!
  10. by   icugirl33
    Why do LPN's compare themselves to RN's? Of course you are all nurses, the last time I checked only RNs and LPNs can call themselves nurses. However, I haven't seen one Nurse Practice Act in any state that didn't call for the LPN to work under the directions of an RN. If an LPN could assess,perform IV's,ect..Then you would be an RN. Be proud of who you are.

    In addition, the public does have the right to ask you whether you are an RN or LPN. If the question offends you, you need to analyse why it does.I have asked practitioners if they are the MD,NP, or PA and none of them get bend out of shape. Everyone has a different scope of practice & regardless of whether you've been an LPN for 100 yrs, don't perform services on me or any other pt for that matter unless you are not legally suppose to perform it.
  11. by   Fiona59
    My nurse practice act does allow me to perform assessments, start IVs and a few other goodies. I'm not an RN and don't want to become one.

    Our scope of practice is constantly expanding due to limited healthcare dollars. It's almost as if RN's are pricing themselves out of the labour market in some provinces. Maybe it's time for the public and RN professional bodies to realize exactly what PNs are educated and capable of doing.
  12. by   icugirl33
    What state are you in?
    Last edit by Tweety on Feb 5, '07 : Reason: potential inflammatory part removed.
  13. by   joyrck9
    Here in NY LPN's perform ongoing assessments, insert IV's and administer IV medication

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