Why do so many people insist that LPN'S AREN'T REAL NURSES!!?? - page 8

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   angell883RN
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    I have just graduated from LPN school, awaiting RN transition program clinicals this Jan., In my experince-I haven't really found any negitive reactions towards the "LPN" title, I have , however, found that NO hospital facilities in my area, west Florida, will hire them! Only a nursing home will even grant an interview to a LPN, especially a new grad! All of the hospitals I have recently interviewed with stated "come back when you complete your RN". I have been around long enough to know that the nursing "tends" go in cycles, with the terrible nursing shortage across the USA as we speak the "cycle" better start including us LPN's! Don't ya think??:mortarboard:
  2. by   LJJ
    I was a LPN for 15 years before going back to get my ADN and I know from experience that LPN's are nurses. In fact my schooling as a LPN was much more patient focused than my ADN classes which was more process focused. I know LPN's who are much more experienced and in some cases much better nurses than RN's. The main reason I went back was so I could get paid for what I do.
  3. by   gr8grii
    Quote from Brita01
    Where are you that your LPN's only go to school for 9 months? I went for 12 months of intense study crammed into that 12 months. Most LPN's are very capable in what they do and have a real care for the patients. To many times it is the RN that is only concerned with the technical aspects and not the emotional needs of the pts.
    I have worked in dialysis for 11yrs, and it amazes me to here RN's views that it is their own fault that they are here.
    I do not think that it is all RN's that feel we are not "real nurses", just some. It is mostly the uninformed public.
  4. by   moodychick
    Are there varying degees of nurses in the UK? Do you have an LPN equivelant in the UK? Do any other countries have LPN equivalents? How are they treated in other countries?
  5. by   Tarsha
    Oh my God! This is so discouraging to me as I am starting my LPN program this Monday!

    That is so sad.

    I am in an LPN program at the moment and it is taking like a year and a half to complete. I would love to get my RN but at the moment it just wasn't practical. From these discussions I'm not looking forward to those with such snobby attutudes. I know my sister-in-law is a MA and she does IV's at her dr.s office where she works. I never really even thought about things like this before. Whenever I've been in the hospital I'm always glad that someone is there period.
  6. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from moodychick
    Do any other countries have LPN equivalents? How are they treated in other countries?
    Canada has LPNs.
  7. by   sayitgirl
    Quote from RNsoon!
    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 services to their patients, isn't that what nursing is all about? What do you think about this issue? Do you think LPN's aren't real nurses?
    It is not a matter of opinion, LPN's are ancillary staff. I had to take a LPN transition course the first semester that I returned to school for my RN. And I was shocked, angry, etc...but soon accepted it. If you are going to school for your RN, if you have not taken that class yet you will.... Nothing against LPNs they are bedside nurses, but limited in their scope and education. I was an LPN for ten years, I value my education now and respect both levels of nursing, but it is what it is.....
  8. by   txspadequeenRN
    [font=lucida sans unicode]im not sure if your trying to say lvn's are ancillary staff or bedside nurses.



    Quote from sayitgirl
    it is not a matter of opinion, lpn's are ancillary staff. i had to take a lpn transition course the first semester that i returned to school for my rn. and i was shocked, angry, etc...but soon accepted it. if you are going to school for your rn, if you have not taken that class yet you will.... nothing against lpns they are bedside nurses, but limited in their scope and education. i was an lpn for ten years, i value my education now and respect both levels of nursing, but it is what it is.....
  9. by   mixyplixy
    Does that mean CNA's are nurses too? The public doesnt know the difference with them either.
  10. by   rambisisking
    How do I say this....

    See here's the deal...

    I became a nurse so I could care for and nurse people who needed someone to care for and nurse them.

    I have been doing that since 1974.

    Being an LPN has not prevented me from doing that.

    Getting an RN would not have allowed me to do that more.

    It matters not to me if I get paid as much as an RN.

    It matters not if you think I am a nurse.

    It matters not if you don't think I am a nurse.

    It matters only that I can still care for and nurse people who need cared for and nursed.

    I can make boo-boo's go away, big ones and small ones and as long as I can do that what else could possibly matter?
  11. by   mkeep74
    I've been a LPN for a year now, and work in LTC. I do everything that the Rn does. The Rn just has to sign off on my work. I chose to got to school for LPN because it would have taken forever to get into school as an Rn because of waiting lists. I love being a LPN, but I choose to go back to school to get my RN because I realized that I also love education. Many of the LPN's I work with are more knowledgeable, insightful and kind than the RN's I work with. There's good and bad in each title.
    Some people in this thread (she know's who she is) think there is no excuse for not going for BSN and instead starting off as LPN. I am a single mother who couldn't afford to wait to get into RN programs in my area, not to mention the closest BSN program is an hour away, and that doesn't include clinical affiliations that are even farther.
    My LPN program was 18 months of 32 hour weeks, not including studying and extra hours at clinical sites researching patients. I also worked part time. My teachers were STRICT!!!! More like drill seargents, but I grew to love and respect them them because they taught me soooo much. Don't tell me I'm not educated. I love being a LPN. I intend to get my RN because I love learning more everyday. I love my patients and their families. I work hard to get them the best care. I sit with them and hold their hands and comfort their loved ones when they pass away. I am a nurse with all of the responsibilities of a nurse, and I carry them out with pride that I am helping people. Anyone who thinks I am not a nurse is a zero in my book. That's just "MHO"
  12. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Nothing against LPNs they are bedside nurses, but limited in their scope and education.
    If i had a dime for everytime that someone said this....
  13. by   txspadequeenRN
    What is going on here, is it National hate LVN month or something. I keep seeing new post going up everyday about how "LVN's a phasing out" or "I really want to be a RN should I settle to be a LVN right now". I know there has always been a thread or two about LVN's but this has become unreal.

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