Seeing this quite a bit

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    I've been subscribed to this site for some time now and gravitate to the LPN/LVN since that is my position.
    I've been noticing that for quite sometime now most of the postings are related to people lamenting becoming an LPN/LVN. It's usually the same RN vs LPN issue.
    It would be refreshing to read items posted about LPNs doing their jobs and NOT complaining about the letters after their name, to me, this subject is old and stale!
    As a side note, I'd like to mention that I find it very hard to believe that some people here finished elementary school, let alone nursing school. The spelling and grammar is awful in some of the entries.
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    Quote from KRSLPN
    I'd like to mention that I find it very hard to believe that some people here finished elementary school, let alone nursing school. The spelling and grammar is awful in some of the entries.
    I agree with that one! Not just here on AN, but all over Facebook and anywhere else I see people expressing themselves! To me, one's grammar and spelling is a presentation of oneself. We cannot see people's grooming and hygiene, nor hear their voices, so their written words are all we have to go on. Judgement of people may not be fair in all cases, but it's nearly always done, whether we admit it or not. A typo here and there is fine, it happens to everyone. But some people... whew!
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    And here's my positive spin about being an LPN... In my second year of nursing, I made more than I was making when I was an elementary school teacher. Granted, it was 12 months of working instead of 9, but the potential earnings were there! Not a bad return for a one-year program!
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    To be honest, I don't think it's LPNs views of themselves so much as it is ignorant people making stupid remarks. The thing is that you don't escape this once you reach the next rung of the ladder. The ADN vs BSN argument spills over, too. The only real way to deal with it is to be true to ourselves and secure in our life choices.
    Last edit by nursel56 on Jan 19, '13
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    The nurses that have been training me in my new position are all LPNs, and they can run circles around this new grad RN. They are all excellent nurses, and I think that they all enjoy their work. I would imagine that most LPNs are proud of the work they do, but not happy about the perception that they're a rung lower than the RNs. It's like everywhere else, some people think they will feel better about themselves if they can put others down, too bad.

    Had to add: The grammar and spelling stuff gets me, too. I hate the "text-speak" world we live in, but I'm trying to adapt. I'm learning to just laugh it off and not be so uptight.
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    I've worked with great LPNS and Great RNs and crummy LPNs and crummy RNs. It's the person and not the letter behind their name.
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    Quote from KRSLPN
    As a side note, I'd like to mention that I find it very hard to believe that some people here finished elementary school, let alone nursing school. The spelling and grammar is awful in some of the entries.
    Do keep in mind that for a good portion of our posters, English is not their native language; however, English is what we mandate that they post in. If I was plunked in a French-only forum, I'm sure I'd be a spelling/grammatical train wreck too

    Of course, that doesn't cover everyone, nor does it even remotely address text speak...

    IMO, since you can't control how others post, it's easier to just let it roll off you and focus on the message in the post, than to let typos get you worked up.

    Quote from JZ_RN
    I've worked with great LPNS and Great RNs and crummy LPNs and crummy RNs. It's the person and not the letter behind their name.

    Very true.
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    Ever read William Faulkner? No idea how the dude scammed a Nobel Prize for literature and two Pulitzers with grammar like that.
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    Quote from Meriwhen
    Do keep in mind that for a good portion of our posters, English is not their native language; however, English is what we mandate that they post in. If I was plunked in a French-only forum, I'm sure I'd be a spelling/grammatical train wreck too

    Of course, that doesn't cover everyone, nor does it even remotely address text speak...

    IMO, since you can't control how others post, it's easier to just let it roll off you and focus on the message in the post, than to let typos get you worked up.


    Very true.

    I don't accept this arguement. LPNs, RPNs, and LVNs really only exist in North America and Australia. All of which were English speaking areas last time I checked. I know here in Canada, you have to have Grade 12 English to be accepted into the programme and then be able to write at university level throughout the coursework.
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    Quote from Fiona59

    I don't accept this arguement. LPNs, RPNs, and LVNs really only exist in North America and Australia. All of which were English speaking areas last time I checked. I know here in Canada, you have to have Grade 12 English to be accepted into the programme and then be able to write at university level throughout the coursework.
    I believe they are referring to all posters on all nurses not just the posters in the LPN forum
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