LPNs: Myths and Misconceptions (Part I) - page 3
by TheCommuter 9,657 Views | 22 Comments Senior Moderator
Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) have impacted the delivery of healthcare in a positively beneficial manner in multiple countries for many years. In fact, the role of the LPN has been in existence for several generations.... Read More
- 4Jun 30, '12 by slimlvnI, too, am a LVN of over 30 years. Tried going back for my RN but the school used the HESI midcurricular against me and because I missed it by 1.8 I can not return to the school.
I am so proud of my work experiences, education and the knowledge of truly knowing how to care for the most important people in the equation; the patients. I have had so many occasions where the patients have stated 'I'm so glad to have you' taking care of me.
There should be some unity in this profession; we all have to do the bathing, the cleaning, and everything that goes with the territory so please allow us to be respected and not under appreciated.
Thank you, Commuter, for never forgetting that you were once an LPN and that you still care for them very much as evidenced by this article.
- 1Jul 2, '12 by nursemartin00I have been an LPN for 7 years now. I have no desire to become a RN. I love my home health job and wouldn't make much more as a RN. Certainly not enough to be put through pure hell of nursing school for yet another year. No thanks! I have heard the expression, oh, you are just an LPN a million times before and I just don't let it get to me. Anyone who would ever say that has obviously never been to nursing school or walked in my shoes so shame on them and their ignorance.
- 0Jul 12, '12 by hubcap56I decided to change careers when I was in my 40's. I took an LPN course with the intention of working after graduation and going to school to get my BSN. I got a job right out of school as a hospice LPN and started working on my BSN. I soon realized that the RNs were all case managers--the ones who did the assessments, got doctors' orders, and did all the paperwork. The CNAs and the LPNs did the patient care. My goal from the beginning was to be a hospice nurse; I wanted to take care of patients at the end of life. Although I have tremendous respect for the roles of hospice social workers, chaplains, and administrators, they were not the people I wanted to work with day in and day out. I wanted to do hands-on care of patients and help educate family members on end-of-life issues. I stopped working on my BSN because I did not want to do the job it would have prepared me for.
I have been a hospice LPN for eight years now and I have never regretted not becoming an RN. I have worked with two women who possessed RN licenses but chose to practice under their LPN licenses because they just wanted to do hands-on patient care. So, it is true that there are LPNs out here who love what they do.