Oh how I hate it when ppl say or think LVN/LPN's aren't Nurses. Those people use their ignorance in their two cents. The very first person to put me in this position of questioning my Nursing title was my MOTHER IN LAW. Could you believe it? The nerve!!! After graduating the VN program, she asked about someone we both knew, about that person's job. I told her this person she was asking about is an LVN and a DSD, and my MONSTER IN LAW said, "Oh I thought she was a nurse." Oh myy goshhh, she knew I was an LVN too. *****!!!! That hurt my feelings. I replied, "SHE IS A NURSE." Then when I passed my boards, my husband calls his mother (my MONSTER IN LAW) to tell her the great news. I didn't care for her to be informed. You know what this monstrous woman told me on the phone? "Oh congratulations, so are you an RN now?" Knowing for a FACT, that it was LVN that I recently finished... I replied, "Mom, no LVN remember?", and the monster said, "Oh."
When my husband and I were first dating, I remember Monster in law thinking about going back to school in becoming a nurse but felt too old. Mind you, she is in her mid 50's. Then she was pushing her daughter (my sister in law) to do Nursing, but she didn't want to at the time because she claims it's a dirty job and can't deal with blood, crap, and smelly stuff. Yes, they were both describing the Nursing job as a "dirty job" in front of me. Now, the hypocrites that they are, my sister in law is majoring in Nursing too. HAHAHAHAHA....
I think my Mother in law is too old fashioned (from the philippines, where they think RN's are the only qualified nurses, no wait BSN). Little does she know that I am going to be an RN one day, and I opted in becoming an LVN first because it's a requirement for the local RN program at the community college. Nd' I LOVE NURSING, I always wanted to be a nurse. I am not in it because I don't know what to do with my life so I just decided to be a nurse. Or I am not in it becasue I seen in the ad that nurses make 45 dollars an hour. Hence, my sister in law's reasons for becoming a nurse.
SO TO MY FELLOW LVN/LPN's... More power to you all. We are all nurses. We know it, and our patients know, that is all that matters. Whether becoming an RN is in our plans and goals or not, LVN/LPN's are stillll and will always be nurses.