Quote from emt... rn student
Hi, I am a nursing student, and after year 1 of my RN, Ive realized I can't afford to finish RN so I'm doing the 2 year LPN course instead. One day I do hope to upgrade but for now it will just be LPN. I've been reading alot of discussions on here and alot of what i read is people (RN's) talking about how bad LPNs are and how unsafe they are. I don't want to end up in a career where I have no respect from my colleagues. I thought we were all nurses, and although RNs do have a greater scope of practice what is the purpose of disrespecting LPNs?
First, I notice that you are CANADIAN, so perhaps you would get more relevant responses by having this moved to the Canadian Forum.
LPNs in Canada are a different species from LPNs in the US and ENs in Australia.
In my province, under our Health Professions Act, I am an independent nurse responsible for my own actions and patient load. I do NOT require an RN to "sign off" on anything for me as many Americans do.
On my unit, you would have a hard time determining who is a RN and who is an LPN solely based on the patient load. The skills gap between the RN and PN is constantly becoming narrower.
Unlike in the US, to upgrade to the RN status you will have to go back to university to acquire your BScN. Pick up as many electives as you can while working.
My unit manager is very supportive of LPNs and nobody is permitted to be rude or abusive to any of her nurses regardless of their educational level.