Quote from cheerfuldoer
I think this is very sad news, and hospitals are cutting off a very valuable resource of nurses for patient care. I hope this does not come to pass.
Well, personally, and I realize this is another topic, I think there should be either you are an RN, or you are a tech/aid etc. I think the LPNs should either go to school to get their RN, or have their titles become aids/techs etc. I know, I will be flamed for this one. But, I honestly think there should be one set of credentials for "nurse", and that is a Registered Nurse. LPN's had their time when they were very valuable to healthcare, and they still are... but as todays patients acuities are getting higher, I think this is the way to go.Like it or not, RN's are considered the professionals of the nursing field, and I think patients deserve to be treated by professionals, considering the high cost of healthcare these days. Now dont get me wrong, there are tons of very intelligent and competent LPNs out there who know their stuff...... but ..... in this day and age, you need the credentials.That way, there will be no more of that "oh, you are a nurse, are you a RN or a LPN?" junk. You work your butt off, get the title and respect you deserve!!! But in all actuality, its the BON's and all the powers that be that allow this debate to happen.
There should be a minimum requirement for a "nurse"........RN.