I have been a LPN for 11 years! I am proud to be an LPN and at the same time would not recommend this ladder program for a CNA or anyone else who wants to be a nurse. The ANA who says they represent Nurses refuses to accept LPN's as full members. I have a desire to practice in womens health and as a LPN I am limited from doing that, as a male LPN I am not even considered! I have thought about going on for my RN or PA to overcome the gender thing! When I started looking into nursing schools
I did not know the difference between the two types of Nurses. I do now! I would not recommend this route to anyone we LPN's work long and hard for our licensure, to then be told by other "Real Nurses" that when they went to school or graduated a LPN could do little more than a Nurses Aid. I have even been told by Hospital Human Resource personnel "We do not hire LPN's for the Hospital, would you work at our LTC or Homehealth care Agency".<B>NO</B> If I wanted to work in that area I would have applied there.
On the flip side once when I was working at a teaching hospital (OSU) a attending physician was making grand rounds and actually asked my thoughts, later when in the Nursing station he was writing orders, he told me what he was going to do for so and so, My charge nurse heard this conversation, she proptly told him I was an LPN and could not take a verbal order! He told her he was didcussing this case with me and not her and that she should stay out of the conversation. At that moment I felt quite proud to be a Licensed to Play Nurse (LPN). He also told her that he would write the order to which she could take it off then!
So there are some ups and downs to being an LPN. One of the ups is you will in all probability be a bedside nurse regardless of your experience or training level. The bad news is not everyone will note or respect that knowledge!
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