MAs call themselves Nurses at my office..opinions please? - page 5

Hi, I have been an LPN for 2 1/2 years and am a new Grad-RN since 9/2011. I got a job working at a Dermatology Office last November. It's the only job I could get, and I am making the best of... Read More

  1. Visit  slasher profile page
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    I understand BlueDevil's point. In a few months I will understand the other side of the coin as well. No offense to LPN's (I am a nursing student just for the record), but when I become an R.N., it would be a tad irritating for the LPN's to call themselves nurses. I can't recall how many times someone has said, "I'm a nurse", and come to find out they're an LPN. Again, I am a student, I am not bashing anyone so don't flip out. Point being, which can be applied to LPN's as well as MA's, when someone tells me they are a nurse, there is a specific "visual" you get in your head. R.N. is what comes to mind. So, in BD's defense, if we call one out let's call them all out. Nurse Practitioner's can be seen at their private office instead of someone going to the doctor...they still are not doctors. Being a male, I pray that this type of drama is vented on sites like this one and not on the floor.
  2. Visit  Mommy&RN profile page
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    LPN - Licensed Practical NURSE
  3. Visit  chrisrn24 profile page
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    Quote from slasher
    I understand BlueDevil's point. In a few months I will understand the other side of the coin as well. No offense to LPN's (I am a nursing student just for the record), but when I become an R.N., it would be a tad irritating for the LPN's to call themselves nurses. I can't recall how many times someone has said, "I'm a nurse", and come to find out they're an LPN. Again, I am a student, I am not bashing anyone so don't flip out. Point being, which can be applied to LPN's as well as MA's, when someone tells me they are a nurse, there is a specific "visual" you get in your head. R.N. is what comes to mind. So, in BD's defense, if we call one out let's call them all out. Nurse Practitioner's can be seen at their private office instead of someone going to the doctor...they still are not doctors. Being a male, I pray that this type of drama is vented on sites like this one and not on the floor.
    An LPN is a nurse, just a different kind.
  4. Visit  SaoirseRN profile page
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    Quote from slasher
    I understand BlueDevil's point. In a few months I will understand the other side of the coin as well. No offense to LPN's (I am a nursing student just for the record), but when I become an R.N., it would be a tad irritating for the LPN's to call themselves nurses. I can't recall how many times someone has said, "I'm a nurse", and come to find out they're an LPN. Again, I am a student, I am not bashing anyone so don't flip out. Point being, which can be applied to LPN's as well as MA's, when someone tells me they are a nurse, there is a specific "visual" you get in your head. R.N. is what comes to mind. So, in BD's defense, if we call one out let's call them all out. Nurse Practitioner's can be seen at their private office instead of someone going to the doctor...they still are not doctors. Being a male, I pray that this type of drama is vented on sites like this one and not on the floor.
    Tell me, do you know what the "N" in LPN stands for?

    NPs are not physicians, but they may be doctors.
  5. Visit  BuckyBadgerRN profile page
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    Ha! LPN's ARE nurses, it will serve you well to lose that attitude before you obtain your RN license and work side by side with this group of professionals...
  6. Visit  Bringonthenight profile page
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    Is that student serious about the LPN comment?


    Someone get BrandonLPN to reply
  7. Visit  CrunchRN profile page
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    Rn's and LPN's are nurses. MA's and CNA's are not.
  8. Visit  slasher profile page
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    I had a feeling this wasn't going to go anywhere. I didn't insult anyone. There was no attitude. SaoirseRN, you simply repeated what I already stated. It is possible they may be doctors...they may be astronauts also. Both "they may be" scenarios are beside the point. ColleenRN2B, Ha!, you got me! I had no clue they were nurses. It will serve you well to comprehend what you read before you work side by side with these professionals. Bringonthenight, I am serious. You, like everyone else, took my comment out of context. When people hear the word "nurse" LPN is not exactly what they have in mind. It does not mean an LPN is not a nurse. Did you people read my comment? Did you read it and not understand what I meant? Did you read it, comprehend it, and decide to get emotional anyway? You are the one's who get straight A's on tests but don't have any people or communication skills aren't you? Please, please if you are going to comment further, read my original comment again and try to digest it before flipping out and getting crazy. If someone says they are a doctor the first thing that comes to mind is M.D. Not someone with a Ph.D in (insert profession here). They are both doctors. They are different however.
  9. Visit  slasher profile page
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    You are talking about the word "nurse" that happens to be in your title vs. the idea people get when you use certain terms. I think it is safe to assume no one caught on to that.
  10. Visit  nursel56 profile page
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    Quote from slasher
    I had a feeling this wasn't going to go anywhere. I didn't insult anyone. There was no attitude. SaoirseRN, you simply repeated what I already stated. It is possible they may be doctors...they may be astronauts also. Both "they may be" scenarios are beside the point. ColleenRN2B, Ha!, you got me! I had no clue they were nurses. It will serve you well to comprehend what you read before you work side by side with these professionals. Bringonthenight, I am serious. You, like everyone else, took my comment out of context. When people hear the word "nurse" LPN is not exactly what they have in mind. It does not mean an LPN is not a nurse. Did you people read my comment? Did you read it and not understand what I meant? Did you read it, comprehend it, and decide to get emotional anyway? You are the one's who get straight A's on tests but don't have any people or communication skills aren't you? Please, please if you are going to comment further, read my original comment again and try to digest it before flipping out and getting crazy. If someone says they are a doctor the first thing that comes to mind is M.D. Not someone with a Ph.D in (insert profession here). They are both doctors. They are different however.
    Where do you get the idea that people mean RN when they think "nurse"?

    Making at the very least an abrasive comment and demurring with "not trying to insult" doesn;t mean anything if you proceed to insult LPNs by saying you will feel irritated if someone refers to them as a nurse. I've never heard anybody say LPNs aren't nurses in 25 years. We hear it from BSN students occasionally.
  11. Visit  SaoirseRN profile page
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    Quote from slasher
    I had a feeling this wasn't going to go anywhere. I didn't insult anyone. There was no attitude. SaoirseRN, you simply repeated what I already stated. It is possible they may be doctors...they may be astronauts also. Both "they may be" scenarios are beside the point. ColleenRN2B, Ha!, you got me! I had no clue they were nurses. It will serve you well to comprehend what you read before you work side by side with these professionals. Bringonthenight, I am serious. You, like everyone else, took my comment out of context. When people hear the word "nurse" LPN is not exactly what they have in mind. It does not mean an LPN is not a nurse. Did you people read my comment? Did you read it and not understand what I meant? Did you read it, comprehend it, and decide to get emotional anyway? You are the one's who get straight A's on tests but don't have any people or communication skills aren't you? Please, please if you are going to comment further, read my original comment again and try to digest it before flipping out and getting crazy. If someone says they are a doctor the first thing that comes to mind is M.D. Not someone with a Ph.D in (insert profession here). They are both doctors. They are different however.
    You said it annoyed you when LPNs call themselves nurses. They are nurses and have every right to call themselves nurses. It does not matter what people picture, an LPN is a nurse. Similarly, an NP who has obtained their doctorate has every right to call themselves doctor, so long as they don't mislead people to believe they are
    Physicians. You would do well to lose your attitude. It will not take you very far in your career.
  12. Visit  slasher profile page
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    Ok, let's try this one more time.
    -The original point I was making, pertains to the point originally made on this thread: giving the same title to everyone even though the skills/education is not the same.
    -Nurseel56, I will answer your question with a question. Since when do people think "LPN" when they hear someone say they are a nurse? The hospital, the clinic, etc. where everyone has a similar understanding of the term?
    -If an LPN and an RN are standing side by side in a patients room and the LPN tells the patient, "we're the nurses that will be taking care of you." The patient will think they are both of equal "status" when in fact they are not.
    -People verbally beat on BlueDevil about MA's being called a nurse and then began to give reasons why. I then explained that everyone throwing the stones have not taken a look at themselves. LPN's and RN's are both nurses. I get it. Because the term nurse is in the title everyone thinks they are the same. They are not. If MA's had the word "nurse" in their title everyone would still be crying because their education, training, etc. is not the same.
  13. Visit  slasher profile page
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    SaoirseRN, please stop with the "lose your attitude", I never had an attitude. Did you read all the posts of this thread? I suppose anyone who disagrees or doesn't side with you or the majority have attitude problems. With your train of thought, I figure I will last as long as you if not longer in my career. If an NP with a doctorate answered the phone and said, "this is Dr. so and so", would the M.D.'s not think in the same manner as everyone here posting about MA's being called nurse? Bottom line, MA's, LPN's, and RN's are 3 separate titles. The skills required increase at each level. Did this clear up anything? LPN's are nurses. Ok, I get the point being made. Nurse is in the title so they are a nurse. Are they the same as an RN? No they are not. NP's with doctorates are doctors. Are they MD's? No they are not. I will make the assumption we all understand each other's perspective's now.

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