I work in a hospital. Most of the LPNs that work inpatient tell me that they feel that they do not get the respect that RNs get. I was in med-surg for 6 weeks of orientation, and then, I was moved to the clinic where I worked before, but as an LPN. I have gained a great deal of respect there, but am not sure if it is because I already knew these people or what.
On the med-surg floors, the LPN is the medication nurse, and she will get about 10 patients to medicate only, but the RN will have about 5 patients, medicate those 5, do treatments, suctioning, catherization;plus the paperwork. For some reason, they took primary care from the LPNs and now, they just do PO medications and piggybacks. They don't really do many nursing notes, either. Personally, if I were on the floor, I would say that they were doing me a favor; but they may be losing skills. I would be losing skills in the clinic, but I plan to work the floors once I get off of orientation so that I don't forget how to do IV care. But, my perspective is that I'd let the RN have the headache if she feels that I am not competent enough to assist her. I do hear of plently of stories where LPNs feel disregarded. I feel that way sometimes, but I also know (for myself) that I am not interested in taking on the responsibility of the RN, either, so, they can actually breathe easy...I don't want their job in the least.
I think that respect is earned, and as time runs on, if the LPN carries herself properly, she may be able to gain the respect that is earned. And, if I were to feel that I did not receive it, I'd leave.