Originally posted by Susy K
Alicia - if I'm not mistaken, isn't there a professional organization specifically for LPNs? One that RNs aren't a part of? Kind of a parallel to the ANA? Perhaps you could become a member, if you aren't already, and make some changes that way and become involved.
Yes we have a national organization with state chapters just like the ANA has! Susy this is true and yes we should use whatever we have at our disposal to help us (LPN's) gain recognition, both locally and nationally! But we also need to be represented as a collective group that has clout for negotiating contracts and wages, hours, and case loads! These are two seperate issues one is legislative and the other is collective bargining power. We as a group known as "Nurse" need to focus on that part of unity.
Today, these issues are more important than the legislative recognition, for the moment we have that! Look to the Firemans union for some guidance, they have EMT-Basic, EMT-Advance, and Para-Medics, they are all full members with a collective ability to bargin.! Unity is the answer!
Now, to the subject at hand we are left out of many areas of patient care and certification just becuase we are not a RN. Although we had this topic here before and I am not debating whether our skills is better than a RN or if we have critical thinking skills, (WE DO!) We work in different worlds to an extent doing the samee job. You want to talk about patient loads try 50 clients, for 12 hours, with 2 aids. This is our norm in a Nursing Home or Long Term Care Center! We are the primary nurse and or are the house supervisor, too!
Am I getting through to you and others we (ALL NURSES) do, do the same job and preform at the same skill level, yet we are not the same just because we do not have RN after our name!