So I know this type of thing has been posted about time and time again constantly...and I'm not looking for any replies...this is just a rant (which is what this website is for!)
I'm starting an RPN program in 2 weeks (RPN is in Canada, its a full 2 year program, like the ADN program except its not a degree, its a diploma and they are called RPNs not RNs. Kind of like LPN but we have very little restrictions on scope of practice here and as i said the program is 2-2.5 years)
ANYWAY, a good friend of mine is going into her second year of the BScN program (RN). She keeps making comments like she already thinks RNs are better than RPNs. She said to me, "When you come to school, watch out for me and my BScN friends...we make fun of the RPNs. And in clinical, if there's a patient to be toileted or a bed to be made, we just call for the RPN...that's what they're for. Us RN students dont do stuff like that"
Then today, I told her I chose my first semester placement to be at the nursing home that she currently works at as a PSW (same thing as a CNA). I asked her what nursing home her first placement would be in (BScN students dont start placement until second year), and she was like "Oh, we don't do nursing homes
...we go right into the hospitals. All our placements are in the hospitals. RNs don't work in nursing homes.." I was like um, yes they do..I know many RNs who work in nursing homes. I asked her how they RN students learn basic care like toileting and stuff...she she was like "Well RNs dont really do that stuff..." Maybe not as much, but they still do it. Its part of patient care.
Then she was like, yeah beware of my co-workers at the nursing home...they hate me and treat me like crap because I am a nursing student. But they probably wont be mean to you since you're only an RPN student...
And just other little things like I was talking about being excited to learn a task in school and she was like "Oh, RPNs dont do that stuff..". It just irritates me. She has completed one year of nursing and she acts like she knows everything about nursing, the scope of practice for RPNs. Also anytime anyone says they have certain symptoms she also jumps in and acts like she knows what is wrong....even though she's only done one year of school.
Anyway, rant over. Thanks for listening.
Sep 4, '12
I'm with jadelpn on this one. I sort of expect my good friends not to belittle me all in the name of good fun. They don't have to gush their support over my every choice but this one seems to have a cutting edge to it.
If it gets really bad we can show you how to make fake poop to freak her out. Just kidding. I would never do that. That would be unprofessional and there are some recipes on youtube.
Last edit by nursel56 on Sep 4, '12