Please don't generalize RN's as papers pushers!
I feel this thread is generalizing LPN's as well.
Less authority, not necesarily, I ran An Assisted living where I was supervisor to ALL nursing staff.
Less pay? Not Necessarily...I made more money doing agency nursing that a lot of the regular staff RN's at certain facilities. Less responsiblity...I have a license to protect as well. I also must perform my nursing duties just like an RN, my duties may different in some cases but if I fail to do them correctly it certainly IS my responsiblity.
As far as RN's being "paper pushers", in many settings they are unfortunately. The standards for care have become so impersonal that many RN's simply do not have time to do the "basics" (for lack of a better word). It sounds like FURBALL works in some sort of a specialized or critical care unit where typically LPN's are not utilized and therefore may not really be relavant to this issue.
Ask any RN charge nurse in a LTC facility,.. "who does all the paperwork?" it would be that person and the LPN would be the one one the floor pushing meds and the CNA's are the one's truley doing the one to one.!!
I know if I am paired w/ an RN, unless there is something that is beyond my scope of practice I will perform most nursing tasks during the shift, the RN will 9 times out of 10 primarily be charting. I don't think that speaks to any sort of laziness, RN's have no choice, it has now become a HUGE part of being an RN.
and that is the simple fact.
I love my job, I certainly have never felt beneath anybody because they have an RN behind their name. I am confident in what I know and my abilities as a nurse. I may go back to school to continue on, but my decision to do that would not be based on becoming more authoritative, making more money or having more responsibility. I habe those things already.
Okay, I will hop down from my soapbox now.