Nflpn & Napnes - page 2
And they'll keep fighting another 50 years....... run solely by LPNs...and who are they fighting against???? Themselves! And you know what??? who cares. I can't even get onto NAPNES website unless I... Read More
Oct 2, '03Occupation: skilled care nurse Joined: Sep '03; Posts: 66; Likes: 1I used to frequent the NFLPN a lot back a couple of years ago, But when folks would ask questions directed at those in control of the organization, many times NO ONE would answer it. Like the fact that it takes MONTHS to get your membership card...even after paying with credit card!
I emailed them once, and NEVER did get a response! They have just this year changed the setup there, and you can't find any posts ealier than when they changed the site. They used to have some regulars on the there...but I don't even see them anymore.
In the process of promoting change, I have emailed the executive director of the NFLPN 4 times in the last week. She has answered promptly on 3, and I am waiting for the 4th. I must say that I am enormously pleased that I have gotten her attention in this matter.
I wondered why there was apparently no active chapter in the state of Kentucky, and would it be possible to start one. Her response, and I quote - was "go for it"! (What a rush for me!)
WE have to initiate change - WE THE NURSES have to get involved! I encourage anybody interested to do the same - WE can - and will - make the difference, if we only try! P
Oct 2, '03Occupation: skilled care nurse Joined: Sep '03; Posts: 66; Likes: 1"Since most LPN's are going on to persue the RN degree and become members of the ANA, what's the point in them fighting for us??? I'm just disgusted with it all and at 47, going back to school is probably a waste of time."
I know plentyof LPN`s wo are "lifers" - like myself. I never wanted to be an RN - I wanted to be a bedside nurse, and at the time I went to LPN school, all the RN`s were supervisors - the LPN`s did all the floor work. I respect any RN who is a good nurse, and I respect the authority the supervisors have over me - I just don`t want to be one of them. We all have our place in life, and being an LPN is mine.
The point is that, if you start promoting public information and awareness, and work towards getting the MSS laws passed, we can see history made in our lifetime. P
Oct 2, '03Occupation: skilled care nurse Joined: Sep '03; Posts: 66; Likes: 1"NFLPN has alittle more to their site, even has a discussion board of which 65 whole members are registered. The most they ever had online in one day was 5!"
Excellent information - thanks! I will promote the use of their website as much as I possibly can! I don`t know yet how active the NFLPN is re: MSS legislation, but if they see us nurses getting actively involved, it will certainly further our cause. P
Oct 2, '03Occupation: lpn Joined: Jun '02; Posts: 87; Likes: 10Hey there just listening in on your conversation and I thought I would add my 2-cents. I too have considered going back for a R.N degree but at 41..... the amount of time it would take me part-time is about 7 years. Do I want to be a new grad at 48 competing with all the 20 something applicants. Not to mention the cost financially, it works out to be about 25,ooo.oo canadian!
Why should we have to put ourselves through this hard-ship why can"t we just be respected as experienced Practical nurses and be paid accordingly. I think it is disgusting the pay we recieve and the lack of utilization. If we were all men this would never be tolerated! It is sad to say but...... Women seem to be to accomodating.
Oct 3, '03Occupation: skilled care nurse Joined: Sep '03; Posts: 66; Likes: 1"If we were all men this would never be tolerated! It is sad to say but...... Women seem to be too accomodating."
You are right! Us ladies all went to school and got a vocation - a career - and since then it seems like we`ve laid down......We need to make our voices heard across this nation! There are approximately 750,000 LPN`s in the US - what is WRONG with us?We are a substantial part of the healthcare system - we need to act like it! Nothing will ever change as long as we stand silently by and let a handful of people control our working lives. Get up! Get up and get going! I am making a diference here- one step at a time. P
PS - hey, carz - glad you are man enough to be a nurse! LOL P
Oct 3, '03Occupation: lpn Joined: Jun '02; Posts: 87; Likes: 10Well said..... only I dont know what we can do to turn things around, it seems every time I check the LPN post it is all about LPN'S up grading. Is it all about money or do they feel that they have no credability as a nurse.I find this subject so stress ful, how can we make the bodies in power aware of how valuable we really are?
Oct 4, '03Occupation: skilled care nurse Joined: Sep '03; Posts: 66; Likes: 1"Well said..... only I dont know what we can do to turn things around, it seems every time I check the LPN post it is all about LPN'S up grading. Is it all about money or do they feel that they have no credability as a nurse."
It is a good thing for LPN`s to upgrade, to further their own education. But that will not stop the nursing shortage in any way, shape, or form. LPN`s are a vital part of the American healthcare system,and will be more so, as the baby boomers age.
"I find this subject so stressful, how can we make the bodies in power aware of how valuable we really are?"
I`m not aware of Canada`s healthcare system, but if I were you I`d think in a more positive light, about who you are and what you are capable of, as an LPN. We are worth a lot - we are worth a fortune, actually - and if somebody codes and we bring them back,we are PRICELESS! We are good, functional, well-trained professionals - we just don`t have the advanced book-learning that the RN`s have. And we are getting deeper and deeper into the IV side of nursing, as well.
Look at the apathy and disinterest displayed on the Kentucky nursing board. THIS is what is wrong with the LPN`s today. We are not together as a group - we are not in the NFLPN - we are not a team - we are just wobbling along, not knowing or caring what happens to us.
I am one person, and I am doing this one step at a time. But each step I take is one step forward, for the good of all. You can do the same. Take it one step at a time. I will help you all I can. P
Oct 5, '03Occupation: lpn Joined: Jun '02; Posts: 87; Likes: 10SORRY IF i CAME ACROSS AS NEGATIVE THAT WAS NOT MY INTENTION, I TOO WANT TO MAKE IT BETTER FOR LPN'S. I AM PROUD OF WHAT I GIVE , AND HOPE WE REMAIN AROUND FOR A LONG TIME. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A LPN?
Oct 6, '03Occupation: skilled care nurse Joined: Sep '03; Posts: 66; Likes: 1"SORRY IF i CAME ACROSS AS NEGATIVE THAT WAS NOT MY INTENTION, I TOO WANT TO MAKE IT BETTER FOR LPN'S. I AM PROUD OF WHAT I GIVE , AND HOPE WE REMAIN AROUND FOR A LONG TIME. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A LPN?"
You didn`t come across as negative - a little discouraged, maybe -I never WAS discouraged by being an LPN until I read all the LPN-RN debates -LOL.
I have been an LPN for 25 years - over half my life! And this is going to be a grand year - we here in the US are seeing nursing history made.
Back to the point....
I received a phone callfrom the NFLPN - I am very pleased and proud to report that the organization leaders are actively helping me to establish a northern Kentucky chapter.
I have talked to the nurses I work with, and some of them, and a LOT of CNA`s, are interested in joining. Now I need to find a president for our chapter. I had much rather do the behind-the-scenes work and let someone else be the spokesman - LOL.
But interest is picking up, and public interest is picking up, also. It just goes to show you what one person can do, if they try!
I suggest you go into search engines and find out everything you can about the Canadian system. Then begin to improve it. I am making progress here, one step at a time. :roll P