I am an LPN, I am proud to have completed the courses required to get my licence. It wasn't easy working full time while going to school full time and raising 2 daughters on my own. When I passed the boards I was thrilled, then I had a pt (a retired RN) ask when I'd become a "real" Nurse. She became very upset when I informed her I was a "real" nurse. But, I am becoming frustrated by the lack of job opportunities available. The only jobs that seem open to me are LTC or Dr's offices. At one place I went into they had me working as a CNA because they said LPN's are not used to do Nursing jobs
except in an emergency (when the RN's were busy) and then only to pass meds, nothing else. I'm not looking forward to more schooling, but, in order find a better job I'll have to. My boss just informed me that Ma. has changed the pay scale for LPN's & RN's from Pools to work in Hospitals. Pools are now able to charge more for LPN's in hospital settings and RN's in LTC's. What's next???? Talk about locking in an entire profession! I know, I'm venting, but, does anyone else feel this way??