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RPN/LPN/RNA all the same??? - page 9

I've been looking for information on nursing and the different levels of nursing. I'm getting a little confused. Are RPN/LPN/RNA all the same??? Also, I heard from a friend that Practical Nursing is... Read More

  1. Visit  linzz profile page
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    What I find frustrating is that even though I have a degree with good marks, I am still required to do all kinds of arts courses if I were to obtain a BSN. I can see having to do the nursing courses and clinicals but doing arts courses over again, some of which are the exact same courses I took years ago, is just a cash grab.

    I know that I can write a university level paper and my degree should be enough evidence of that.
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    [quote=studentnurse75;3725075]
    Quote from loriangel14
    i disagree. the role of the rpn in ontario is growing, with employers using rpns in ever expanding roles. most acute care facilities in my area are very rpn friendly. the trend here is growth not dying. remember this is canada, not the us. things are different up here.
    Quote from loriangel14


    i agree....i am currently taking the psw program through fanshawe college and we are being told the scope of a psw in the near future is going to entail more of what the rpn's are doing. and the scope of the rpn is going to broaden and cover a lot of what the rn's are doing. the roles in the health care team are definatley changing and growing, but rpn is not being phased out!!! if it is i'm in trouble...i start an rpn program through humber in september!!!!
    this is true to an extent but you may find that each workplace will have it's own policies on what rn's and rpn's will be allowed to do. some workplaces will let rpn's do many things and work at full scope and others will limit your scope of practice. the key is to work somewhere that makes good use of your skills if that is important to you.
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  3. Visit  loriangel14 profile page
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    Yes and some people that I went to school with become raving lunatics if anyone suggests that they not be allowed to work at full scope. I work in a complex continuing care hospital and we deal with very little IVs and PICC lines so the RNs deal with them,even though technically they are within our scope and there is no policy stating we can't.I love my job and work with terrific nurses so that little item is really not important. Former classmates are horrified that i don't have my IV certification but I really wouldn't keep up my competentcy if i did. if we do have a pt with an IV they usually came with it.
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    I agree with the above. I would choose a supportive workplace first, then worry about skills. JMO.
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  5. Visit  nursebetty1975 profile page
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    All I have to say is Southern Ontario Is the worst for RPN jobs. I graduated from the new Diploma RPN program, and I regret it soo much. I should have just gone to the RN program. Ontario is not RPN friendly, and even though our skill level has really increased and improved no body seems to care. Most hospitals around here do not let you use those skills, which is a great pitty. I am still a "nurse" and I should be allowed to "nurse" to my full capacity. Very unfair,
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    hi,
    i was in the adn program in the us but unfortunately i could not complete the last semester. my department faculty said that i can go ahead and apply for lpn license which i am going to sit for the lpn board. my concern is i am a canadian resident and have to go back to canada anyhow. can i as an american lpn work there as an rpn? if yes how do i process it?
    valuable suggestions are open please help me!!
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    Quote from sun12
    hi,
    i was in the adn program in the us but unfortunately i could not complete the last semester. my department faculty said that i can go ahead and apply for lpn license which i am going to sit for the lpn board. my concern is i am a canadian resident and have to go back to canada anyhow. can i as an american lpn work there as an rpn? if yes how do i process it?
    valuable suggestions are open please help me!!
    you would need to apply to the province college of lpn's and see what they decide
  8. Visit  nursebetty1975 profile page
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    for the record, in ontario there is no longer the title "rna" those "rnas" were considered nurse assistants and we no longer have those, we have something similar called a "psw" which is a personal support worker, similar to a "cna" in the us, except the us at least trains their "cna" to do some nursing duties, i know because i worked as a "cna/ er tech" in the us for many years and i was never limited to personal care of clients (which i find crazy that they do that to psw’s).

    i learned and did so many things including forming part of the "code team" and was allowed to take my acls just like the nurses! (this was in az) now sitting in canada as an rpn, im am disgusted when i watch rn's & rpn's trying to minimize their roles as nurse. as if there is a question of who is better!!?? give me a break! i know rn's & rpn's who have diplomas & degrees & are not even qualified to wipe my butt, much less call themselves a nurse at any level.

    we need to respect each others role for what it is and what each nurse individually is qualified to do, because everyone has the opportunity of continuing education to either further their knowledge or become specialist regardless of their title!!

    nursing school was a breeze for me, for one reason alone i was a darned good cna who worked with great rn's and rpn's who taught me well and never made me feel like less than they were. i went into to nursing school prepared and with full understanding of what makes you a good nurse...and that is you never can expect to know everything regardless of your title..everyone can learn something from each other ..... i can tell you a few stories of doctors that have learned a thing or two from a "cna" simply cuz she had more experiance!!

    nuff said, quit hating on each other and learn to respect and support each nurse individually!!!

    o, and i don’t think that the bcsn nurses are any better than the diploma rn's just cuz they got 1 extra year of art class under their belts!!! ( just had to say that cuz i have found many rn's in our area who have their degrees that seem to think they are better than the "diploma" rn ... its just crazy!!!)
    Last edit by NotReady4PrimeTime on Feb 19, '10 : Reason: cleaned up the language


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