Is a LPN an aide or a nurse? - page 2

Just asking. I am a LPN x 2 years and feel unsupported from a variety of fields as to what "I thought" my professional capacity was to be. I find that LPN's are OVERLOOKED and BELITTLED from... Read More

  1. by   jamistlc
    Greetings All Nurses,

    WE ARE A NURSE! Look to the LPN Corner and post this question see the response you get!

    Have a Blessed Day,

    Jami a LPN
  2. by   Kris10lnC
    I agree with every post. I am so sick of being treated this way, see my post in LPN corner. LPN is not the way to go. Although look what it's done for us? We're excellent bedside nurses! In NH theyre trying to pass a bill that will allow CNAs to pass meds in nursing homes. Guess I'll be out of a job, I wouldn't want to be the RN responsible for that catastrophe. It's a shame where nursing is going.
  3. by   snazzle
    I have been an LPN for 10 years now. I love what I do. Most RN's do not give us any respect, they consider us gloried CNA's. I am planning to return to school soon to obtain my BSN, not because I'm tired of being an LPN, but because I'm tired of doing an RN's job for an LPN's pay. I work in LTC, most nurse consider that babysitting, but the scope of LTC has changed consderably.I do pt's assessments, pt & family education, critical thinking, administer meds IV,IM,PO,through peg tubes,start IV's,insert N-G tubes & have changed peg tubes,monitor labs, deal with the therapy dept, document, write careplans, have to sometimes attended careplan meetings & make rounds with the doctors, and the list goes on. So what part of that isn't NURSING??????????
  4. by   career_on_hold
    Well I understand your question totally. I becfaqme an LPN at the ripe old age of 19, and practiced for 17 years. I have experienced the frustration and have seen first hand the changes that role has faced. But chin up, I feel that the LPN is a vital part of the nursing profesion.

    How your supported and accecpted is in a large part determined by the area of practice and the facility you have chosen to work for.

    Some acute care settings are designed to use LPN's in a high level of nursing, depending on their skills, where others use them mainly as primaiary care givers, or nurses aides.

    I personally am married to an LPN who is the Unit Coordinator of a 25 bed Alzheimer's Unit. He manages the unit, does all the scheduling of staff, determines who works the unit. Wrote the policies and procedures for that unit. Wrote a training manual for the unit, and is encouraged at every step.

    So patience is key and research facilities that will utilize you to your potential.