When did AORN become an elitist political organization?

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    I have been an LVN in Texas for 9 years. I have worked in the OR as a scrub and anesthesia tech(one of very few Certified Anesthesia Technologists in the US) for 13 years.

    Upon successful completion of my NCLEX-VN, I joined AORN(Association of Operating Room Nurses) and began studying for the CNOR(Certified Nurse in the Operating Room) certification exam. I spent close to $200 on exam-prep materials from AORN and other sources. A justifiable expense since the facility I worked for would pay a $2/hr certification bonus.

    I studied until I new the material inside/out and upside-down. I sent in my exam registration form(which made no mention of an RN-licensure requirement). Two weeks later I received a nice(read: condescending) hand-written note and my cashier's check saying that I could not take the exam because I was ONLY an LVN.:angryfire

    Subsequently, I let my AORN membership lapse...

    Before this year's Congress in New Orleans, my director asked if I would be interested in joining AORN...apparently, they are having some sort of membership drive. I decided that since I am nearing completion of my LVN-to-RN transition coursework that I would take a look at it. I go to the web-site and WHATTAYAKNOW!?! They have changed the name of the organization to Association of periOperative Registered Nurses?!?!?!?! And...now you cannot even join as an LVN!!!

    I am sick of listening to RNs complain about "lesser educated members of the nursing field", then turning to us for help when they can't find their butts with both hands, a flashlight, and the AORN Best Practice guidelines for "Finding Your Own Butt!"

    Seems to me that there is a concerted effort by many nursing groups to force the more cost-effective LVN/LPN into extinction simply to preserve the purity of their clubs. I think this has happened before...Zieg Hiel!

    Ich bin LVN!
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    Hey, did you know you can't join the ANA (American Nurse Association) either?

    Really great way to encourage unity in nursing, isn't it?
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    :angryfire Didn't know that! Checked it out...and...sorry to say, you're right! :angryfire

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    We can join the NLN! $90/year!

    Ladies and Gentlemen, the time has come to pull together and fortify our position!

    We are professional, knowledgeable, and capable NURSES!

    I endured more clinical hours than my ADN counterparts. I crammed just as many didactic hours into 1 year. ...and...I was a working single parent.

    I completely comprehend my current position in the chain of command.

    However, when I have the piece of paper that will allow me to practice as a Registered Nurse, I will use my position to further the cause. When I hang my BSN diploma on the wall, I will continue to do the same. When I hang my MBA-HCA diploma on the wall, I will continue to do the same...and fire those who do not share this philosophy!
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    Quote from mgordonlvn

    However, when I have the piece of paper that will allow me to practice as a Registered Nurse, I will use my position to further the cause. When I hang my BSN diploma on the wall, I will continue to do the same. When I hang my MBA-HCA diploma on the wall, I will continue to do the same...and fire those who do not share this philosophy!
    I completely empathize/sympathize with your plight, my friend... .

    We could receive so much more respect, achieve so many more goals if we placed a greater emphasis upon our "total" (kind of sounds like holism, doesn't it?) as opposed to our subparts (LVN/LPN, Diploma, ADN, BSN, MSN, yada yada yada...
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    Quote from Kelly_the_Great
    I completely empathize/sympathize with your plight, my friend... .

    We could receive so much more respect, achieve so many more goals if we placed a greater emphasis upon our "total" (kind of sounds like holism, doesn't it?) as opposed to our subparts (LVN/LPN, Diploma, ADN, BSN, MSN, yada yada yada...
    Can I get an AMEN for mah sistah?
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    How 'bout uh Hallelujah! :angel2:
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    They have changed the name of the organization to Association of periOperative Registered Nurses?!?!?!?! And...now you cannot even join as an LVN!!!
    And it's amazing how quick some RNs are to point out the name change.


    I will not join the AORN when i become an RN.
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    that you can join these clubs as an lvn but yet the boards have joined forces??? you have to follow the same rules as the rn ...and i am sorry to say that most rn's that i have worked with don't know there *** from a whole in the ground!!!! i have trained rns and
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    Quote from Kelly_the_Great
    Hey, did you know you can't join the ANA (American Nurse Association) either?

    Really great way to encourage unity in nursing, isn't it?
    Isn't that the truth.


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