Why do so many people insist that LPN'S AREN'T REAL NURSES!!?? - page 22

I mean, the title does have "Nurse" in it.So why are so many people insisting that LPN's arent real nurses? When I go to the hospital, I see these people giving medication , care, comfort and other... Read More

  1. by   CloudySue
    The questions themselves don't bother me. What does irk me is the smarmy "Hhhmmmmmmm?" that follows every question. And yeah, where's your source?
  2. by   LongislandRN23
    I have a feeling that someday in the future "ASN/ADN" nurses are not going to be considered "real nurses".
  3. by   nursel56
    That is already underway with some of the RN unions wanting to divide RNs into categories of "technical RN" (ADN) and "professional RN"(BSN) with different scopes of practice, opportunities for promotion to management, and pay scales.
  4. by   tothepointeLVN
    Quote from gypsygurl40

    idont think a cna could pass the lpn state boards in this day and time. the cna training im ga is about 6 weeks and lpn is 18 months.
    in ca there is a provision that allows a cna with 3 years of acute hospital experience and an approved pharmacology to take the lvn boards. not sure how many actually succeed but the provision is there and i have heard it mention multiple times out and about in ca so there must be somebody doing it.

    bvnpt - licensed vocational nurses (lvns)

    "method #3: completion of equivalent education and experience.
    • pharmacology - 54 hours
    • paid bedside nursing experience - 51 months
    • verification of skill proficiency."
  5. by   vintage_RN
    I'm glad I live in Canada (Ontario). RPNs (our name for LPN) have almost the same scope as RNs (yes, also for MUCH less pay), however we are not that restricted in our practice. We can do IV, hang blood, administer meds, make assessments etc. There is very little we are restricted from. It makes RPNs in our province mad because we do essentially the same job for $10 less an hour. Here it is a 2 year program, and yes we absolutely are nurses!
  6. by   Nurse Fee Fee
    how childish........If there was only a LPN available to save your life would she/he be a real nurse then? SMH
  7. by   Merlyn
    Quote from Nurse Fee Fee
    how childish........If there was only a LPN available to save your life would she/he be a real nurse then? SMH
    and afterward they would thank God or the doctor.
  8. by   Dalzac
    I am so glad I had a killer career as an LPN and I worked in CCU,ICU, and ER the whole 38 yrs of working and was just as trusted as the rest of the TEAM I worked with.
  9. by   JenLPN001
    aw crud, just started a thread on this subject... mental note....*READ DOWN THE PAGE FIRST*

    I figured out years ago that RN = Real Nurse (in the minds of the general public) so therefore LPN must mean Learned Practically Nuthin' (I'm joking, I'm joking)

    Where I live, LPN's are no longer hired to work in hospitals or specialty clinics. We LPN's are almost exclusively hired by ALF's, nursing homes and geriatric rehab facilities. Doesn't bother me though.... I work in a facility that is 100% Alzheimer's and other types of dementia and I love my residents. I've been encouraged to get my RN but I'd miss what I do too much.
  10. by   Merlyn
    Quote from JenLPN001
    aw crud, just started a thread on this subject... mental note....*READ DOWN THE PAGE FIRST*

    I figured out years ago that RN = Real Nurse (in the minds of the general public) so therefore LPN must mean Learned Practically Nuthin' (I'm joking, I'm joking)

    Where I live, LPN's are no longer hired to work in hospitals or specialty clinics. We LPN's are almost exclusively hired by ALF's, nursing homes and geriatric rehab facilities. Doesn't bother me though.... I work in a facility that is 100% Alzheimer's and other types of dementia and I love my residents. I've been encouraged to get my RN but I'd miss what I do too much.
    There is a special place in heaven for us LPNs that work with Alzheimer's patients. I know I'll see you there. I'll be the one wearing the clown shoes. Shalom
  11. by   Kashia
    A little research from Merriam Webster and Oxford: Definition of NURSE

    1
    : a woman who suckles an infant not her own : wet nurse

    2
    : a person who cares for the sick or infirm; specifically : a licensed health-care professional who practices independently or is supervised by a physician, surgeon, or dentist and who is skilled in promoting and maintaining health--see licensed practical nurse, licensed vocational nurse, [COLOR=#1122cc]registered nurse

    Oxford Definition of nurse
    noun






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