the problem oftem steams from rn instructors telling rn students the on going *myth* that lpns just act/react without thinking critically. they often will interchange lpns with uaps & not even refer lpns *as* nurses! while i was in my bsn program, one of the ob instructors had the gull to state that any monkey could be trained to do what lpns do! needless to say, i told her that she wouldn't appreciate it if doctors state the same thing of rns...why the disrespect? it turns out that many of the rn instructors themselves where taught this so-called *myth* while they were in school. many have no clue/idea what the lpn curriculum even consist of. sadly, they just here this *myth* & run with it.
that being said, their rn students go away with this superior attitude because it's being taught to them in their respective rn programs without just cause.
of course lpns are taught the critical thinking, delegating, care plans, patho, etc. the biggest difference is that each area of instruction isn't as long or in as much in-depth. the same subject matter (with the exception of bsn courses like community nursing, leadership courses, nursing informatics, nursing research writing, nursing stats, & critical care) are taught to both lpns & adn/diploma nurses...just that adn/diploma courses are spread-out much more over time. yet adn/diploma nurses sit for the same entry level nclex-rn that the bsn students sit for...even with six to nine months of the "other above mentioned courses" not taught to adn/diploma students. that doesn't mean they aren't able to think, function, & react in the same manner that rn-bsns...right.
so again, why the quickness to discredit the educational levels of lpns?