Suanna, I agree with your premise but I think it's missing the point of this discussion. I, too, would like to see "nurse" mean one thing: an RN with a BSN. I would love to see current LPNs grandfathered in and the LPN concept eliminated, along with ADN and diploma programs. I think BSN programs should be made more challenging and science based, and the boards more rigorous.
BUT, until that happens, LPNs are nurses. I can understand having different certifications for LPNs and RNs because the education, clinical judgment, and responsibilities are different. There is no reason, however, that currently practicing RNs should not be eligible for certifications. I'm also sick and tired of the crap spewed by the ANA and ivory tower nurses about how ADNs are "technical" nurses. Um, no. They have the same license, same scope of practice. And I've got to tell you--now that I'm one class away from completing my BSN--the BSN doesn't make you a better nurse. It's neat and all, and promotes the profession, but the courses were pretty much pansy and useless.
I'm all for promoting and elevating the profession. I'm against the denigration of members of the profession in order to achieve that goal. The outcome does not justify the means. I recently joined AACN and am happy to have done so.