I'm new here and I don't want to step on anyones toes, but I have been on both sides of this debate. I was an LPN for seven years and have been an RN for two years. All I can say is what some have already said. There are many LPN/LVN's with far more knowledge than I will ever hope to posess. Though I am there now to "supervise" them, they are often the ones helping me out of a bind. To tell you the truth, when I was an LPN, I used to see a lot of RN's and think "If so and so can be an RN, then I certainly can too." Unfortunately, licensure exams do not measure common sense. In my opinion, some RN's find it hard to give up control. In our hospital, LPN's can hang IVPB's, but cannot push meds and cannot hang blood/chemo etc. There is alot of talk about having them push meds. I say "Halleluiah". Less for me to do, and less for me to worry about.
Does anybody really think LPN's can work in nursing and not have any assessment skills? It's crazy.