canadian lpn not a "nurse"? - page 4

by char1976 11,910 Views | 55 Comments

Hello all, let me begin by saying I am in the lpn program and loving it. The other day, I was told by a presently employed lpn that lpns are just NOT nurses. She firmly told me that the world "nurse" was protected by the... Read More


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    I am currently a practicing LPN in Manitoba. The only skills I can not perform at work are IV push, central line care and epidural care. I can not mix IV insulin as an LPN as well. I am also in the third year of my bachelor's degree at the UofM and the education I received as an LPN has better prepared me for duties as a NURSE! The education the degree nurses are receiving in this province is joke. The degree program is preparing students for primary health and administration. The RN diploma and LPN programs are training students to be bedside nurses. The shortage is in hospitals and these are the type of nurses that are needed at present across the country.
    Last edit by Jay-Jay on Nov 13, '06 : Reason: quoting deleted post
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    You can't give an injection to a five year old because LPN's are only licensed to care for stable patients, and kids are not considered stable.[/quote]


    Oh one more thing as an LPN I care for paediatric patients on a daily basis. I can give them medication and injections. I can start IVs and run IV meds for them as well. Children's hospital in Calgary employs a large number of LPNs and they don't just care for the pt.s over 5.
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    Are titles different in Canada? LPN in the United States=Licensed Practical Nurse. Uh...yeah..."Nurse" I am an RN...and many of my co-workers are LPN's....We are all NURSES If the rules are the same in Canada then your friend needs some educating.
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    Quote from PamelaJean
    You can't give an injection to a five year old because LPN's are only licensed to care for stable patients, and kids are not considered stable.

    Oh one more thing as an LPN I care for paediatric patients on a daily basis. I can give them medication and injections. I can start IVs and run IV meds for them as well. Children's hospital in Calgary employs a large number of LPNs and they don't just care for the pt.s over 5.[/quote]

    I think Gaijingal is a troll. Hasn't been back since.

    The thing I mentioned is that LPN's are licensed to vaccinate anyone over the age of five. I can not vaccinate a child born Oct 3, 2001, but I can immunize a child born Oct. 1, 2001. Nobody has ever explained this one to us to a satifactory level. Don't tell me that two days make a big difference and we are talking children for school shots. Never mind in the hospital. Stable, unstable it doesn't matter on my unit, if the bed's empty and its filled its my patient in that bed.
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    I was told in my intro to nursing course that the term "nurse" is reserved for registered nurses only, and unless you're a registered nurse you cannot call yourself a nurse. LPN's have to go by "practical nurse". To me, I don't see the difference, they both have nurse in the title, they're both nurses..
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    I checked this one with the head of my RPN program in Ontario and she said all RNs and RPNs liscenced by the CNO are legally called nurses.
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    GEZZZZ, things are sure different here in the states......
    Last edit by Jay-Jay on Nov 13, '06 : Reason: quoting deleted post
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    There must be some fundamental differences betweenLPN and RPN.RPN now is 2.5 years and when I am an RPN I will have no age restriction on who I can care for.
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    No, they are the same. RPN is the older terminology. Around the time I started my nursing progam, Ontario changed the term from RPN to LPN. I know because I have a good friend who was an RPN (now retired.) I am not really sure why there are restrictions on the giving of vaccines. It may have to do with them being given I.M., which is an extended-class skill for LPN's requiring special certification.

    It could also be that different colleges/different provinces have different regulations.

    I have deleted gaijingal's post, as it is rude, and gives incorrect information. Sorry I missed it the first time around!
    Last edit by Jay-Jay on Nov 13, '06
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    You could be right.I am not up on all the different programs.In my RPN program IM are part of the program but they used to be special certification.:spin:


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