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LPN, will I be respected as a nurse?

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Hello, I am a 37 year old mother of 3 and I am bamboozled! I have talked and investgated and researched my brains out:confused:

I am upgrading until April of 2012, and starting either LPN, or BScN in the fall, here is where my fear or lack of understanding comes into play. I want to be a nurse, I want to care for people but my concern is even though I will have 2 years of schooling under my belt(LPN), I won't have the respect as a "real nurse",(this is a perceived notion, not a statement) within the care facility. Am I the only one who feels this way?:eek:

I have no time constraints, I'll be 40 one day either way..lol so that doesn't factor in. Any opinions, or comments welcomed.

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Fiona59 has 18 years experience.

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Depends on where you work and who you work with. It depends on how confident you are in yourself.

I've only ever had one patient say they wouldn't be cared for by an LPN. Forwarded their request on to my Unit Manager, who then assigned a fresh, new grad RN. The new grad kept bringing me back into the room to walk her through her skills because she was unsure of herself. That patient never turned down an LPN.

I work acute care. In my hospital we are very respected.

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joanna73 is a BSN, RN and specializes in geriatrics.

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Also, you can't really go by the comments here on these boards. It seems like the whole LPN vs RN drama is worse in the US. Most people should not have a problem. For those who do, that's their own insecurity. You will find many facilities staffed with both.

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I should mention that I do live in Canada. I guess my question is among fellow nurses vs patients. I suppose that if I want to be a nurse an LPN is just as respected as an RN, correct? Also we would share a lot of the same duties, and in the long run I could also do the LPN...RN track.

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joanna73 is a BSN, RN and specializes in geriatrics.

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Since you've posted on the Canadian nurses forum, we assumed you live in Canada :) Ultimately, the decision has to be yours. Do you want to spend 4 years or 2? What are your long term goals in nursing? These are questions only you can answer.

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loriangel14 is a RN and specializes in Acute Care, Rehab, Palliative.

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I haven't run into any lack of respect due to being an RPN.We are treated the same as an RN where I work and except for the very odd occasion that someting is outside of my scope of practice I perform pretty much the same duties.We have RPNs working in almost all areas of the hospital except ICU.I have had new grad RNs come to me for help and advice.

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Since you've posted on the Canadian nurses forum, we assumed you live in Canada :) Ultimately, the decision has to be yours. Do you want to spend 4 years or 2? What are your long term goals in nursing? These are questions only you can answer.

Yes, silly me I guess I didn't need to specify did I....my ultimate goal is to work in the NICU. While I'm looking at job postings in Alberta there is noting listed for NICU for an LPN, is that because it's not a job I would be able to hole or is there just nothing open. The amount of school doesn't bother me at all.

Thanks for your input.

Krista

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Fiona59 has 18 years experience.

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LPNs in AB have about the broadest scope of practice in Canada and the most opportunities employment wise.

NICU and PICU are about the only two units that currently don't employ LPNs. Having said that, with the way scope of practices is constantly changing, who knows in what will be happening in five years?

Why are you fixated on NICU? I've had friends go over to ICU, do a year and find it out just wasn't what they expected or wanted.

I started out thinking I'd enjoy Geriatrics. Never been so wrong in my life. I'm a surgical nurse. I found my niche and I'm happy on a surgical unit.

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loriangel14 is a RN and specializes in Acute Care, Rehab, Palliative.

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Many people vision in their mind of where they see themselves working. Quite often that changes when they actually experience it or do a placement in another area and end up loving that instead.Wait until you have had some experience. I did a placement in a large mental hospital and thought I would hate it.I loved it. While I didn't end up in mental health I did gain valuable experience.If the facility had been closer to home I would have applied.

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joanna73 is a BSN, RN and specializes in geriatrics.

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Right. I was adamant that I would not work in seniors health or LTC.

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Fiona59 has 18 years experience.

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Right. I was adamant that I would not work in seniors health or LTC.

... and we all know how that changed.

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A new grad LPN from my class is currently being orientated to the NICU here... so it does happen.

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