Comment about LPNs made by clinical instructor - page 8

Hello everyone! Last week, I was attending a post-conference (for clinical) and my clinical instructor was discussing on how one of the LPNs on the unit didn't take out the foley catheter correctly... Read More

  1. by   BENNETTRN
    Quote from LPN1974
    Well, I'll tell ya, I don't want to be an RN.
    I am 3 years away from retirement, and as soon as I get there I'm taking it
    and getting out.
    Yall can have it, the whole kit and kaboodle.
    I never had "that wanna be factor" you all refer to.
    But I'll tell ya this, I've worked with several RNs for several years,and I've been on this job 25 years, and I have yet to meet one who would get in there and roll up her sleeves and go to work like an LPN would.
    They will do everything they can to get out of giving medication. Call everybody else on their day off to try to get someone to come in, just so they wouldn't have to give meds.
    One in particular that I know of, would say "No, I'm NOT giving meds." And another was so scared, she would literally shake like a leaf on a tree if she had to draw up an injection and give it.
    On the job I am on, there will be at least 4, if not 5 LPNs that will retire within the next few months to 5 years. The first one will be gone before winter hits again.
    And the DON is begging her to stay and take a part time position.
    So, when LPNs start retiring, you may see an even bigger shortage of nurses, but right now whenever I read anything on the nurse shortage all they ever refer to are RNs.
    Well, LPNs do a major part of work, whether you like it or not, and when we're gone, you're going to feel the crunch. Just wait and see.
    I know it will hit hard in Arkansas, because Arkansas uses aLOT of LPNs.

    And I have exactly 2 years, 11 months, and 19 days to go. And then I'm out.

    Im not sure where you work and what area of nsg, but please know there are many of us RN's who "roll our sleeves up, and dig in" remember many units in hospitals have gone to totol pt care, and that means we do everything. I work in labor and delivery, I have noone to give my meds, clean up the massive mess after delivery, give my antepartum pts bedbaths and get them on and off the bedpan, or clean the projectile vomit off every square inch of the room they spewed for the 5th time, I am it and I do it all for my pts very willingly, and honestly I wouldnt have it any other way. I feel like I have the best possible grasp on my pts condition with TPC and can give the best care to my pts, and have a great relationship with them.