LPN'S are NURSES TOO - page 6

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   LUVyourCNA
    I have been an LPN for 2 years, i am currently working at a nursing home. I worked at a hospital for a while but felt very unappreciated, because i am just an LPN. I have had people say, OH your a nurse, and when i reply yes an LPN , they say OH and change the subject. I am very proud of myself for my accomplishment. The only difference between and LPN and RN are pre-requisites, and i have taken all of them. All I have left to become an RN are 1 year of nursing classes. By the way I think if all of our prereqs are done we should be able to challenge the NCLEX for RN, I consider the clinical hours done from on the job training.

    Yes, I do consider myself a real nurse!!!
  2. by   GracieLVN
    i hate it when people find out that i'm a nurse and naturally assume that i am an "rn" and i'd have to explain that i am an LVN and their reaction is almost always "LVN? Whats that?". At my facility, LVNs do as much (if not MORE) than the RNs. LVNs truly deserve more credit AND better pay
  3. by   jelorde37
    yeah ive only been in nursing for 6 months now and ive encountered my own frustrations. My mom and i also run a residential care facilty. one of our residents had an emergency soi called up 9-1-1. i got our residents paper work ready, positioned the patient on his uneffected side, and got him ready for transport. when the emt was reading my writing he said that i had the writing of a doctor. i said that i was a nurse, an lvn. one of the emt guys said "oh, your about to be a nurse." i responded by saying, no, i am a nurse, im the real deal and my lvn is so much more than your 6 month emt course... i know i shouldnt have said that much but at that point, i was just furious. the emt guy just disrespected me, my mom, my brother, and the whole lvn profession. i worked really hard to be an lvn, to be a nurse, and i wasnt gonna sit around to let some emt disrespect me and my passion. i was gonna say more to him but i had to control myself. well, the emt ended up walking away after i said what i said. i felt pretty horrible when they left. =(
  4. by   pagandeva2000
    I had a situation where I went to an army base with an RN to give immunizations and I was specifically there to also draw blood. A solider sat down before me and asked me if I was an RN and I said "LPN". Then, he said "Oh, I want an RN to help me...don't they have more skills?" I then looked down at the roster and saw that he needed blood to be drawn (that RN didn't have a clue how to take blood on a vein the size of a water hose) as well as checked to see what shots he was supposed to get. I sent him to her. She stated that she didn't have time to check, but told him and me that he was supposed to get a tetanus shot. I told the solider that he had his dT shot two years ago, and he was due his second Hep A and third Hep B...and then, the RN told him that "That NURSE is better skilled to draw blood than I. Don't ever assume that I would delegate a person that is not educated in what they are assigned to do". I looked at that jerk and grinned. Told him that he is mandated to have his blood drawn, or I would contact his commanding officer. The idiot actually shook. I drew his blood gently, and told him not to ever make a comment like that again.
  5. by   PANurseRN1
    Quote from jalease
    I chose not to pursue my RN because I believed in patient care, most new RN's are in it for the money and spend very little time really caring for the patient, both physically and mentally/emotionally.
    If you want to be respected, you also need to be respectful of others. That was a grossly unfair comment.
  6. by   imnrs2
    [quote=jelorde37;2059276]yeah ive only been in nursing for 6 months now and ive encountered my own frustrations. My mom and i also run a residential care facilty. one of our residents had an emergency soi called up 9-1-1. i got our residents paper work ready, positioned the patient on his uneffected side, and got him ready for transport. when the emt was reading my writing he said that i had the writing of a doctor. i said that i was a nurse, an lvn. one of the emt guys said "oh, your about to be a nurse." i responded by saying, no, i am a nurse, im the real deal and my lvn is so much more than your 6 month emt course... i know i shouldnt have said that much but at that point, i was just furious. the emt guy just disrespected me, my mom, my brother, and the whole lvn profession. i worked really hard to be an lvn, to be a nurse, and i wasnt gonna sit around to let some emt disrespect me and my passion. i was gonna say more to him but i had to control myself. well, the emt ended up walking away after i said what i said. i felt pretty horrible when they left.
  7. by   imnrs2
    :roll Yes Yes .Most excellent action and reply to this tuff army man .Sounds like he was more afraid of the needle and having blood drawn. and the RN well she gets my respect because she's not afraid to point out the qualifications of the LPN. Therefore she does respect you for your abilities .Not in nursing for the money, control,power.
  8. by   allantiques4me
    Quote from 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.
    I absolutely agree with you!
  9. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from imnrs2
    :roll Yes Yes .Most excellent action and reply to this tuff army man .Sounds like he was more afraid of the needle and having blood drawn. and the RN well she gets my respect because she's not afraid to point out the qualifications of the LPN. Therefore she does respect you for your abilities .Not in nursing for the money, control,power.

    Yes, it was good to see that she did actually support me, and also, she knew that she was not skilled in that area, so, what other choice did this man have???
  10. by   kstec
    Read the forum about NY making nurses get their BSN. By the time I read some of the comments I was thoroughly convinced I as a LPN am not a nurse and that even having your ADN isn't good enough. I was very irritated. Why can't we all just do what is in our scope of practice and not have this I'm better than you cra__. I hope that I as a LPN never have to help some of these people who make degrading comments, because I would definitely have to act as dumb as they make me out to be. No I am not a critcial care nurse, but I also do not claim to be. I like what I do and if I decide to go back to school, someone shoot me if my head gets big.
  11. by   pagandeva2000
    I do dream of days when an arrogrant anything would ask me to assist them...I can play legally dumb, because of course...what does an LPN know (spiteful smile)?
  12. by   antidote
    As an RN myself, I need to hop in and tell you guy's that you would make my job a WHOLE lot easier if you guy's were at the hospital I work at. I'm all for bringing LPN/LVN's back into the game.

    You all receive an extensive amount of training during college and come to find out you are "not needed". You guy's would be greatly appreciated in the hospital I work in if they'd begin to hire them (we're an all RN/CNA... maybe 2 LPN hospital I suppose you could say).

    Even though I'm an RN I really support you guy's! You are pretty much just as capable and can do just about as much.
  13. by   foxxcat
    Thank You So Much From An Ohio Lpn

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