RN vs LPN - page 2

by Melpomene

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Listen, before anyone's feathers get ruffled. Understand that I know we are ALL nurses and would never consider myself 'better' then another human being just because I have 2 letters after my name instead of 3. However...Why... Read More


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    Take a breath!

    There are bad LPNs and bad RNs. She sounds like a seasoned LPN who has a great capacity to mentor a new RN and chooses to prove her superiority by pointing out your flaws and mistakes.

    Perhaps you could try and have an adult conversation with her? Tell her you appreciate her knowledge but feel constructive criticism would be more effective than simply being critical.

    She can't "get" you fired if you are doing your job. Make it a policy not to make the same mistake twice. Be teachable. If your ADON wants the census documented a certain way, then do it that way. If she asks that you be more specific with your time documentation, then do it that way. Don't be concerned about what everyone else is doing. I don't document "9:12p" but I will document "9:15p". I round to the quarter hour. It's not a big deal to check your watch.

    There could be an element of "hazing" going on. They might be trying to see what you are made of. Once you prove your chops, they will probably lay off.

    Good luck and keep your chin up! Oh and keep in mind, your pregnancy may be exacerbating your feelings as well. I always took things WAY more personally when I was pregnant!!
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    Quote from OnlybyHisgraceRN
    That nurses' behavior have NOTHING to do with LPNS. Got it?
    I agree. Not sure why this thread is titled RN vs LPN... Being bullied in the workplace sounds more appropriate.

    Personally, I admire the nurses I work with that are not only dedicated to their patients, but have a sense of loyalty to their coworkers... without regard to what initials follow the name. Obviously, what this coworker is doing to you is wrong.
    Last edit by Nursewendy2000 on Oct 6, '12 : Reason: added thought.
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    Everyone starts somewhere. She was once a new LPN. She obviously is unhappy about many things; my guess would be that her personal life is a mess, that she wanted to be an RN but was unable to proceed for some reason (and no I don't believe LPNs all want to be RNs, but 99.9 of the LPNs do not act like this person does). I worked with a BSN that was awful to the young physicians that we worked with (not residents, there were done with all schooling and fellowships). Come to find out she had wanted to be a physician but her family could not afford to put her through medical school. So she proceeded to make the young physicians' lives as miserable as she could make them.

    The facility must want RNs, otherwise they would not have hired you.

    With both the ADON and DON replying that 'this is just the way she is' it shows that they tolerate poor behavior. If they choose to continue to be short staffed and have turnover because they tolerate the poor behavior of some, then that is their choice. If you have to stick it out till you have your baby, then do so but do not expect it to get better, just get through it. You might be surprised though that other facilities may work through around your pregnancy as well.

    BTW, no employee should be talked to about mistakes in front of others. That should be done in private, and it should be a learning experience, not a negative experience, and definitely not talking down to you. Again, something the administration there seems to allow and/or participate in.

    Unfortunately there are many poor run facilities in the nation, thankfully they are not all like that. I happen to be at one right now that treats us like gold, and that is a welcome relief after some of the jobs that I have had. Good luck to you!
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    RUN don't walk out the door... just saying.
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    Disclaimer: I do not know anyone in your facility, and this is an opinion... I think your ADON needs some assistance- "that's just how she is" is a cowardly, unprofessional, and ludicrous statement. If you've ever read my posts or seen my FB page on "Nurses Lead their Young", you would find that I DESPISE/DETEST/hate/SEE RED when someone says "just" anything. NO ONE is "JUST" anything. It works in this case to- if a nurse is "just that way" well then by god she is "just going to change her attitude" or get out the door. I would never condone that attitude. She sounds threatened... I don't know her side of the story, either- but based on information presented, you need to stand your ground, be the bigger person, and roll it off your back. As long as you are protecting the safety and security of your patients, she has no say. Don't engage her- you cannot change her and it wont help you. Also, look for another job. This place doesn't sound like the right people are at the helm.


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