I was just thinking how hard I worked as a nurse for over 25 years, but was not considered a nurse, because I was an LPN. I got paid to go to LPN school, had two years of clinical and one year of class. Worked at all the major Boston Hospitals, did All my own care, was involved in codes daily, taught the new RN's everything, taught the med students basic procedures, was consulted daily by experienced RN's and still am, the last five years went back to school(Not nursing) and did all the care plans, admissions and discharges as well as MDS and MMQ for LTC, made 46 dollars an hour and still not considered a real nurse.(by the way, my pay doubled when I graduated) I could name 25 other things, such as peritoneal dialysis, GT FEEDS, IV, hang blood...oh, had a BS in Biology etc...but not considered a nurse by young RN's who do not know sqwart. I will tell you this, most experienced nurses if sick, would rather have me as their nurse. So humble yourself and learn. Your school does not make a nurse, hard work, questions, watching, doing, listening, continuing your education, and working as a team do. So all those post, putting us down, just shows your own insecurities. All those post putting down temp nurses are just as bad. (most agency, traveling, temp nurses are competent, smart and probably forgot more than you know) Nursing was different 15 years ago and I believe loss of humility is a big reason why. Peace! Nb- I also read every medical periodical I could get my hands on. I went to seminars every chance I could. I advocated for my patients and would yell, kick and scream if I thought something was wrong. I also worked hard for prevailing wage, proper equipment, and humane working conditions. Guess what, that's what I wanted to do. So all you RN's who think we LPN's arent nurses, what have you done and what do you know? Do your own thing and be glad we are here, on your side and yes, are nurses too. Peace!