@Kayakoto....yes, at the end of the day, a nurse is a nurse. But for me and my other batchmates, we didn't spend four years of our lives to eventfully become a LVN. There are scope of practices that LVN's can't do that RN's are allowed to do in CA and it does vary from other states. Some out of state hospitals are now getting rid of LVN's or LPN's, since they can hire CNA's for almost half of their salaries and hiring more BSN-RN's. Many LVN's are working in home health care, nursing homes, LTC, SNF, etc and yes, in this tough economy, we should take any jobs, but that's just not me and I will speak on behalf of my batchmates.
My friends who are working in some of the mentioned places could not find a good hospital to work at, as those better hospitals offer better benefits (paid vacations, better salaries, retirement plans, better salaries, etc).
The RN's are able to later move on to higher positions versus the LVN's are not or very limited without a BSN degree.
In all honesty, from my friends working as a LVN's (was Phils BSN's), while they don't mind taking instructions from an RN, like most of the other LVN's they come into contact with are mostly wishing to get out of the LVN work load and become an RN one day, so you can imagine the frustrations they are having of being so close yet so far away.
Doing all the "crap" work (not just the dirty stuff) is okay, it's part of their job and yes, RN's have to do so in a pinch, it's like being a maid (not my words, but what they tell me). What's real hard is when it's a young new grad RN giving out the instructions and thinking that should be me doing that job. It's a matter of pride, sorry, just hard to accept after almost a year as a LVN. So yes, I do share her (their) sentiments and feelings.
Since CA is out of our reach for the time being, I (we) don't mind going to another state if we are allowed to have the RN title on our badge and to show for something after 4 years of the sacrifices we all made. I have heard the term "professional nurse" (RN) versus a "basic" nurse (CNA, LVN, LVP) and most patients don't know or care, they just want to be treated with care and passion and empathy, which all nurses regardless of title should do. I want something to show for it, sorry, that's just me. I'll do it in some other state, come heck or high water, I will do it as all of you will also, somehow someway.
@Proudpinay....yes, they applied in jan-feb 2010, one was my own cousin and a couple of her friends and while it seems that the CA BON didn't start enforcing till April 2010 more heavily, they were still affected, all but one denied. BUT actually, the one that got her ATT, failed the exam, like so many Phils unable to pass it the first time, so you know what happened on her re-application process later.....denied.
Yes, you're right there's nothing that any of us can do, we simply just must work within the CA BON requirements and hope that they can judge fairly on the documentation submitted to them from our schools. Ha, from our schools, I wonder if they are even aware of the situation or even care.
So many of us were caught blind-sided and wiped out due to their lack of action and knowing that they were getting all these requests from their students since 2010 and yet, I have heard nothing has been done to address these horrible problems they have placed on us, but willing to take out our hard earned money and fend for ourselves. Life goes on in Phils as if nothing happened.
This fact is more upsetting than getting angry at the CA BON!