I've been told this, by random people and close friends. A select few think I'm not a real nurse bc I don't hold a degree in nursing and my LPN program was 11 months long. I quickly remind them that the BON says I am a real nurse. I have a license to prove it and quantity of education doesn't equate to the quality of my education.
As another poster said some people assume anyone in scrubs
is a nurse. Many CMA's in my area refer to themselves as nurses and truly think they are since many of them hold associate degrees.
Some people are just just ignorant and feel so badly about themselves, that they try to knock down anyone around them.
Is a LPN the same as a R.N.? No, but we are both real nurses. Different scopes of practices, but still nurses.
When people ask what I am, I tell them I'm a nurse because that's what I am.