I've been working as an LPN at a LTC and rehab facility for almost a year now, and never had an issue of being "recognized" as a nurse. I have been questioned if I'm going back to school to get an RN - I honestly reply, "Not sure yet." I'm not offended by it, nor do I think it was meant to be offensive, just casual conversation.
When there's a new admit I'm giving meds or treatment, I introduce myself, "Hi, my name is John Doe, the nurse, I'm here to do ..." My work badge clearly says "LPN". Never a question. There is no distinguishable difference where I work - RNs and LPNs do the exact same assessments, med pass, treatments, wound care, specimen retrieval, injections, vaccinations, charting, transcription, etc. The only thing that LPNs can't do from my experience and observation where I work is be nurse supervisor.
RNs and LPNs have the same title, Charge Nurse. That may be a good response, "I'm the charge nurse."
You may hear that LPNs can't do initial assessments. I've done admissions which includes initial assessments. You may also hear that LPNs can't write care plans
. More often than not, residents and patients are being transferred from another care facility or hospital with documentation of physical, emotional, social diagnosis with medical and nursing treatments, interventions, and how they responded - continuity of care. Along with the facility's protocol of common nursing diagnosis and interventions and initial assessments at admissions, I have also done the initial care plan creation during admissions. I as an LPN have done it all.
In the time I've worked at nothing no treatment or intervention has been out of my scope of practice. That may be another response, if questioned about your LPN, "I work within the scope of nursing."
You know what you do. You know who you are. You are a nurse, damn it! Say it loud and proud!