LPNs: Myths And Misconceptions (Part IV) - page 2

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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


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    Quote from nursel56
    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".
    Exactly. 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.

    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
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    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.
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    Quote from tothepointeLVN
    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.
    Yes. I love working with accomplished people who have not forgotten where they came from.

    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?"
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    What 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.
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    CEU's ARE are a required part of maintaing my LVN license at least in my state and I assumed all.
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    Quote from tothepointeLVN
    CEU's ARE are a required part of maintaing my LVN license at least in my state and I assumed all.
    Nope. There is a wide disparity between states.
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    Quote from tothepointeLVN
    CEU's ARE are a required part of maintaing my LVN license at least in my state and I assumed all.
    I've been licensed as an LPN in Oklahoma, which required absolutely no CEUs upon renewal. Some states do not have any CEU requirement.

    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.
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    Well so goes California so goes the nation (so they say). You really should have to prove you've made some effort to stay current to keep your licence current.
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    Click on the link below to scroll through the different CEU requirements set by each state's board of nursing. A staggering number of states have no CEU requirements.

    http://www.pearlsreview.com/requirements.html
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    UGH just another card they have against us. Though glancing through that link it does look like a lot of the states that don't require CE's from LPN don't need them from RN's either so at least thats some what equal.


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