I agree with the original post, the articles that I have read & what I have seen on tv mentions the shortage to be RN's only. While in the bridge RN program, two of our instructors referred to RN's being professional nurses, while LPNs are not. I felt that those were bold words, considering they were saying this to a class made up entirely of LPNs. :angryfire
We were provided with information from Johnson & Johnson (SE wax company) for nurses week. They too recognize RNs as nurses, not LPNs.
I spoke to the CNO (chief nursing officer) at my hospital, after it was announced that all nurses would be receiving a 2% raise, only for the truth to be found....it was only for the RNs. She told me, well, we have to retain the RNs. I was appauled by her answer, since I was a very hardworking LPN, whom has worked for the same hospital for 6 years.
I don't think that there is anything that can be done to change the way of thinking unless nurses bond together & educate both the medical community & their local communities.