Not a nurse? Then, why does LPN stand for Licensed Practical Nurse? - page 3

by tjmiller

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    I was an LPN for 11 years before I became an RN. I never felt the need to defend my decision to be an LPN, I loved it. LPN was the best choice for me for a very long time for many reasons, and when the time was right I went back to school.

    But you know, it's always something. LPN vs RN; ADN vs. BSN; BSN vs. MSN..etc. We're all nurses and we do what is right for us. I just remember why I went into nursing in the first place. It definitely wasn't so I could play this alphabet soup game of letters and titles with ignorant people.
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    N stands for nurse in LPN and RN. Don't let someone treat you poorly. You know the truth!
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    I worked as a CNA while in school for my BSN. While I've never been an LPN, I've worked with several in both LTC and acute care. I also get the question (although my badge says RN in large letters) if I'm an RN or LPN. One day my patient asked me that and then chuckled, stating "that means real nurse, right?". I was so infuriated. I put on my sweetest smile and said "Actually it stands for registered nurse. And your nurse today, the LPN? She has 20 years of experience on me, I think if anyone is a "real nurse" it's her."

    Like another posted, people will always have something to say about CNA vs LPN vs RN and ADN vs BSN...you just have to roll with it. As long as you are working in an environment where your coworkers are supportive and not making these sorts of comments, and you're confident in your own skills, keep your chin up!
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    Aww, I'm sorry. I was an LPN for 4 yrs before graduating with my ADN. Of course I thought that was going to be the end of being put down. Oh no..now I'm *only* an ADN.
    I should have been born a BSN. Then I could have been top dog from the birth.

    Hold your head up high and be proud of who and what you are. Part of me will always be a LPN.
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    I don't know why people have to be such idiots! I'm so sorry your feelings were hurt. Unfortunately, that belittling goes on at every level of nursing. When I finally earned a B.S.N., a few people asked, "Oh, you stopped at only a B.S.N. degree? What if you decide you want to advance someday?" OK, got my M.S.N. "What if you want to teach someday?" SCREECH! "When do you plan do go on and either get a PhD or become an NP?" Hey! Let me get some experience, PLEASE! You and you alone determine who you are and what you become! Don't let some darned fool mess with your head or your confidence and your sense of self.
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    Those kind of comments are rude, annoying, and ignorant.

    I rec'd a few of them myself during my years as LPN. Finally found the best way to avioid them was by answering the question "What do you do?" (outside of hospital) with "I am a Licensed Practical Nurse."

    B/c if you say "I'm a nurse" (which is natural inclination), they inevitably followed that up with "Oh, you're a Registered Nurse?" Then you have to correct, explain, blah,blah,blah.

    So I avoided it.

    However, in hospital, I did say "I'm a nurse" (Because I was, and you ARE!)

    Here's my thought: A great LPN can easliy become a great RN. A crappy RN could never be ANYTHING but a crappy LPN or RN!

    Take pride in your work and your education (because ALL and ANY is valuable), and identify ignorance as...ignorance.

    But I get the vent...
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    Wow! Great reading here! Would like to add that those comments have been from CNA's and RN's.
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    In my area the only difference between each level is 3 classes. That's if you are done with all basic courses or prerequisites. The first two semesters of NS the RN and LPN students are put in the same classes at most schools in this state. To get accepted into the program they require the same thing.

    I believe that once some people get out of NS and start on their Nursing career they forget how they got there and what it took for them to get to the position they are now. And the same mistreatment can be used towards Nursing students during their (our) clinical rotations. Why must some Nurses fill the need to be rude and unprofessional towards nursing students. Did you forget that you had to get through NS to get where you are?
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    Quote from tjmiller
    Wow! Great reading here! Would like to add that those comments have been from CNA's and RN's.
    CNA's I believe that act they way are jealous by the fact that you are a nurse. Some of my classmates have experienced CNA's being mean towards them during clinicals as well I believe its jealousy.
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    I laughed at my son while I was going through the transition.. sn.. gn.. rn, because of the names he would come up with to go with the letters on my name tag. (Silly nurse, Good nurse or Great nurse, Regular nurse / Real nurse/ Ratty nurse, depending on his mood of the day)

    The job of LVN demands work ethic, smarts, and a certain sense of self worth that comes from the inside. Some of the very best RN's I've worked with were LVNs for years - and (IME) they're different from the people who were RN's for years in that the people who were RNs from the beginning seem to be burnt out, where as the people who progress through the ranks over the years (usually) seem to be always working towards some sort of growth. Of course, that's probably just the growth personality causing them to progress through the ranks... but the outcome is the same.

    Anyway - my oldest child is looking at becoming a nurse now. I told him I'd pay for LVN school. He told me, "You started at RN." My response? If I had it to do over, I'd start LVN.
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