I hope the posters are right about LPN's not being phased out...personally I believe the association and friends are working harder than ever, especially the past 2 years to phase out LPN's (and you'd be surprised by some that are in their corner).
I keep hearing how LPN's have and can do so much that an RN can do, but look at the posters who say "I'm not allowed to assess, admit etc, anymore".
The long term care unit in the hospital where I work stopped their LPN's from even measuring wounds. To me that is changing my job content, but to the LPN's on that unit it's "just one more thing I won't have to be responsible for".
If LPN's are phased out it will be our own fault for allowing our "work" "at the bedside" to be taken away from us.
My state has recently passed a bill and named the state RN board and state LPN board to plan a pilot program to allow unlicensed persons to administer meds in nursing homes. (One of the bill's sponsors was an RN turned delegate.)Many LPN's have been forced from the hospital setting already (I think certain areas are targeted at a time). What will this mean to resident safety and to LPN's in LTC (where they thought they would always have work)?
If management can pay someone less to pass p.o. meds and if those managers are also association members wanting to eliminate LPN positions...then ADN nurses can give the injections, PRN's etc. Can you see the plan coming together??? Aides get a little more education to be able to pass po meds..ADN
nurses pick up with injections and narcs, etc., and LPN's are gone--sooner or later. That leaves acute care etc. for BSN's and on up the 'professional registered nurse' ladder.
Better wake up fellow LPN's! With this 'head in the sand' attitude we don't pose much of a threat to the ANA.
I've been searching legislative action and writing to delegates in my state regarding bills concerning my job. We can post all we want but it is probably safe to say that not many delegates or congressman read here (but I'll wager that there are ANA members who do!)
I hope to see a lot of response to this post...that at least a few are checking your state lawmaking website, if only to get your representatives' e-mail address and drop him/her a question about bills/votes concerning your/our jobs.