I know I have my share of debates when it comes to scopes of practice but this article is really off base! I guess after reading this article I agree with some of the other posters who have called for LPNs to become certified in some speciality areas. I guess I saw all the bickering between levels of nursing but I never realized until reading this article how little some really don't understand what LPN's do. When I did long term care as an LPN I was often the only nurse in the building (on night shift). I think the person writing this may need to follow an LPN one day on the job. While I have argued that RN's do have a greater knowledge base (at least I learned more with my generals and nursing courses), I certainly have had a new light shed on what LPN's are up against. I had been in my own little homecare area so long that I did not realize how much the LPN practice is misunderstood to other healthcare professionals and the public. I always felt that I was very capable to care for my patients--what I thought was the biggest problem in LTC was the lack of help.
Apr 28, '05
I just read it awhile ago. Maybe it is down right now. It was written by a doctor and it was titled "Licensed Practical Nurse or Less prepared nurse?"...from the title you can see his point of view.
Last edit by GN1974 on Apr 29, '05
Apr 29, '05
I just tried the link and it's still down, but I look forward to reading it---by the title, I can only imagine what it will say
. I went to a doctor the other day (as a patient, that is....) and he casually asked me what I "did" and I said: "I'm a nurse"....he then said "oh, a REAL nurse or one of those others
:uhoh21: (As if LPN's are SO worthless to him, he can't even remember what we're called).
Yeaaaaaaaa, if only he could've been in the NICU with me when I took care of premies under oxyhoods with lots of apnea, bradycardia, umbilical arterial lines, OG feedings, etc---........but noooo, he's convinced I'm just one of "THOSE OTHER" worthless LPNs that doesn't have a CLUE..... :angryfire
Last edit by nervousnurse on Apr 29, '05
May 9, '05
I just read the article and I am dismayed by what this doctor had to say. Years ago I worked in a LTC setting for a short period of time after a 2 year stint in the ER. LTC is, like all of nursing, a specialized field. I attended a RN program but left d/t heart problems with only ob left to finish. I sat for my lpn boards instead. I didn't learn in depth Geriatric care, Emergency care, or Hemodialysis (which I have done for 3 years) in school. Nursing school
teaches the very basics. We learn a little about a lot. Most of the knowledge comes from "on the job" training, in-services, and from those who have been in the field before us. I think so many MD's, practioners, and RN's forget this point. Our skills, knowledge, and competency comes from experience. I would bet my license that I would be better prepared to dialyize my ARF pt in the CCU than a brand new RN. However, if you follow the article's train of thought I am the "less prepared Nurse" simply because the initials after my name are LPN vs RN. Too often nurses get hung up on the titles vs the skills of a particular nurse. I work with some RN's with more experience than me that I wouldn't want dializing my cat simply because they are not competent enough. But because I am an LPN, they are seen as the more knowledgeable ones. Maybe we as nurses need to educate ourseves more and utilize those who are more comptent vs those who have a better title.
Last edit by shovelbunny on May 9, '05