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Has anyone ever hadan unfair professor that treats students unfairly except for a fewstudents. I felt I was treated unfairly by a teacher and wantsomething done about it so she doesn't treat others unfairly. I'mafraid reporting her will only harm me and the problem won't getresolved. I don't want my future hindered by this problem. I gotreally upset with us today because I asked her if she was gradingpapers for people who stayed after class and although I was the firstto ask her, she made sure she graded my paper last. She never givesus full class time to finish a test. Today she gave us a 45 questiontest and gave us less than 35 minutes to finish it. I read thechapter 3 times plus studied and still made a 69 on the test. Italked to another student after class, finding out she uses her powerpoints which are totally different than the book. She lies aboutwhat's on the test and adds question that are not in the chapter thatwe are going over. Luckily, I could drop her anatomy class since Ionly retook the class for a refresher course. I'll keep my “B”and she can play head games with someone else. I took many collegecourses in the past few years and never had problems with myprofessors. Hope everyone drops her class at midterm and she ends upwith no students left in her class. I must find a way to prove whatshe is doing before I can report her. I'm glad I got a great math anda fantastic nutrition teacher.How would you handle the situation?
I'm an LVN, working in an assisted living facility in southern CA. So my boss asked me to cover a few shifts or to cover a caregiver when they call out, not available, etc. Since there would be 2 LVNs in the same shift when I cover, they offered to pay me at half my original pay as LVN, similar to that of a caregiver's pay. Is it not ok for the facility to do this? Or it's still ok as I'm working different job codes when I clock in (1 as LVN, the other as caregiver when I fill in for others' absence). I do have 1 resident who needs his colostomy bag changed when it has to, or do I pass that responsibility to the other LVN on duty since I'm only working as caregiver on that shift.
This is my second time to post on this thread.
Having been an LPN (and an LVN) for numerous years before bridging to RN. Then having been an RN for about as many years while working in critical care, and then going on to get my MSN, I think I can speak to both sides.
What I found, is that if you put an RN and an LPN/LVN side by side and gave them the same tasks, they could each state that they did the same thing. The perception is that the scope of practice is the either the same, or extremely similar.
As you get more and more in to critical care, trauma, etcetera, the tasks that can be performed by both become more and more dissimilar. The perception is that the scope of practice is vastly different.
Depending upon where you stand within the spectrum of same-versus-different as noted above, you may have a different perception of RN versus LPN/LVN.
Just because you might know how to fly an airplane, does not mean that you can legally fly one. The whole purpose of having a license is to demonstrate competency to show that you’re capable. If you have an RN license, then you’ve passed a competency in order to call yourself an RN. If you have an LPN/LVN license, then you’ve passed a competency in order to call yourself an LPN/LVN.
I think the RN versus LPN/LVN debate centers around flying the airplane. (I’m talking in metaphors here.....) You can talk all day long about how you can fly one in this State, or that State without a pilots license, or that you can fly one at certain hours of the day, or under special weather conditions, or that you’re perfectly happy where you’re at with learning how to fly the airplane, or that someone just gave you a lot of money to learn how to fly an airplane. However, until you have demonstrated competency that you can pass the exam, there-in lies the rub; you are merely talking, and have not put your money where your mouth is. Not only that, but you snub your nose at those who have went through the effort to GET the pilots license to begin with.
Worst of all: You put yourself down, because there is nothing wrong with being an LPN/LVN.
Again, I have spent numerous years as an LPN, and then some more as an LVN. I speak from experience. I’ve endured years of hearing ALL of the disparaging comments that ignorant, rude, and hateful RN’s could think of to say to me. I’ve left work in tears at the end of the day, from the mean things that were said because I was not one of them.
All's an LPN ever got me was a smaller paycheck and a requirement to change my task-scope based upon where I was employed at the time.
One place I could do A, and B, but not C.
Another place, I could only do B, and neither A nor C.
Yet another place, I would have to tag after the RN to get the RN to do A before I was allowed to do B or C.
It was a rigmarole that I happily left behind when I bridged to RN.
I applaud anyone going from LPN/LVN to RN.
I understand what struggles you have had to endure.
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My suggestion would be to find your early adopters (nurses who are pro-skin to skin), and start a journal club with them.
Try and make one of your first topics be skin to skin, and critically appraise about 3 to 5 good solid peer review articles on the subject.
Disseminate the data, and promote the awareness of the data with your early adopters and other nurses on the unit. You'll never get 100%, but you should see much better results.
Have the docs and management on board as well. Produce the evidence. It's out there.
See if your facility can run for "baby friendly" status. That may get even more momentum running.
To the OP:
You must first learn what to do, in order to understand when not to do it.
Everything that you learn allows you to build your ability to perform high level critical thinking, which is the hallmark of a Registered Nurse.
You Will get to use the detailed seemingly-benign information that you are learning. It will be the baseline information that you draw upon when you have to put the big picture together, later.
Do you work in a MAGNET hospital, (or one trying for Magnet), btw, Tweety?
This sounds a lot like a MAGNET-Journey "checklist".
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