Quote from Suesquatch
I have to say that, as an LPN, I was actively discouraged from learning and questioning. I'm close to becoming an RN and wonder if it's the same.
I've only ever encountered this attitude twice. Once in a province that under utilizes their LPNs and once from a dinosaur RN that told me we were taking RN jobs (and this in a province with a massive labour shortage). I reported the comment to the manager in charge of the job site and she spent 20 minutes trying to talk me out of quitting and apologizing and trying to reassure me that this was not the health authority's attitude. I still quit the job (it was only temporary and I just wanted the experience) because I already work for the authority and know their attitude is supportive.
Education is encouraged. While they won't pay us to upgrade to RN (it's not as simple up here as it is in the US), they will pay for us to attend work shops, to obtain specialty certificates, and to take on site education days.
I've been encouraged to ask questions, to do research and learn, learn, learn. Our input is encouraged on rounds because we know the patients and how the recovery process is going. It doesn't matter if it's the surgeon, the resident, or clinical RN specialist, they accept our input and base their orders upon it.
At the end of the day, it's the bedside nurse who knows if the patient is eating, voiding, participating in their recovery, how the wound is healing. And the LPN is the bedside nurse. I've worked shifts where it's been six LPNs, one RN, and one Charge RN. No patient suffered or recieved poor care.