LPNs: Myths And Misconceptions (Part IV) - page 2
by TheCommuter 5,747 Views | 27 Comments Senior Moderator
Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) have made significant contributions to the nursing profession in several different countries for many years. However, a multitude of myths and misconceptions exist that threaten to tarnish their... Read More
- 1Jul 12, '12 by TheCommuter Senior ModeratorQuote from nursel56Exactly. This is a physician who wrote a scholarly-appearing article filled with myths and misconceptions about LPNs. He is painting an entire part of the nursing workforce with a generalizing sweep of a brush.The article also contains many of the myths pointed out by the Commuter, such as "LPNs cannot assess" and "LPNs cannot see the big picture".
I have said that most of the people who are critical of LPNs have never worked as one.Last edit by TheCommuter on Jul 12, '12
- 0Jul 12, '12 by tothepointeLVNI'm so fortunate that I was trained by several RN's who used to be LVN's when I was in school. Some of them had worked their way all the way up to the MSN level and they really understood fundamentally they were the same nurse all the way through but they just added layers of experience and knowledge.
- 0Jul 15, '12 by TheCommuter Senior ModeratorQuote from tothepointeLVNYes. I love working with accomplished people who have not forgotten where they came from.I'm so fortunate that I was trained by several RN's who used to be LVN's when I was in school. Some of them had worked their way all the way up to the MSN level and they really understood fundamentally they were the same nurse all the way through but they just added layers of experience and knowledge.
I cannot stand the snobby people who had humble beginnings, but renounce their start in life. My friend has an aunt who was an LPN for many years prior to becoming an RN. When my friend announced that she had gotten accepted into the LPN program, the aunt replied, "Why are you going to bother with getting a petty LPN license?"
- 0Jul 16, '12 by withasmilelpnWhat I meant was after graduating, education is spent more at facilities I've worked at for the RNs. I believe that although it would be a financial burden for some, CEUs should be a required part of maintaining your LPN license. The school I went to had a lengthier program then many states require for LPN schools and our clinicals definitely compared to an AD program.
I didn't find the MD'a article to be an overly derogatory one. I think it had some good suggestions worth examining.
- 0Jul 16, '12 by TheCommuter Senior ModeratorQuote from tothepointeLVNI've been licensed as an LPN in Oklahoma, which required absolutely no CEUs upon renewal. Some states do not have any CEU requirement.CEU's ARE are a required part of maintaing my LVN license at least in my state and I assumed all.
On the other hand, I've been licensed as an LVN in CA and TX. CA required 30 CEUs upon renewal and Texas requires 20 CEUs prior to each renewal of licensure.