Please don't EVER say that. Like some of the other replys, the initials behind your name, in most situations, means NOTHING when it comes to patient care.
As the others, I too have spent most of my career with Long Term Care.....I LOVE IT!! Does is suck? sometimes, but the rewards of getting a smile or hug are sure worth it.
I'm a LPN/IVC supervisor and would love to finish school and sit for RN boards, but it won't make me a better nurse. I'm not boasting, but I'm darn good at my job. Most RN's I know are 'somewhat' unskilled and I wonder what they are learning, if anything, at school? Not all RN's are this way, but most I've worked with are. Some of them scare me. They know nothing!
I've been doing this for so long, I bet if I were to sit for boards, I would pass. Most of it is just plain old common sense! It comes from the heart!
Maybe someday LPN's will be allowed to take a 'test' to advance our standings. We do seem to get the 'bottom of the bucket' jobs, but I'll stay in Long Term. The rewards are great! Staffing is tragic, but I can only hope that it will improve when our Gov't. sees we are needed and laws need to be made to protect the workers and not just the residents.
Hang in there....your worth more than your weight in millions!!