Once again, I said this . Our sad profession deteriorates every passing year, and the esteem it once held just isn't there anymore. We're all catalysts to this deterioration, and low morale. All nurses will continue to be disrespected because we can't seem to respect each other, nor give each other recognition where it's due. So, why should the public respect us when we're not united? A united front would be the only way to address, and one day ameliorate the issues our profession faces.
LPN/RPN, RN, NP... we're ALL qualified nurses!
The bullcrap rankism needs to stop. We're in the middle of a freaking PANDEMIC and people are squabbling about titles and taking digs at diploma nurses?! This is NOT productive, it's pathetic.... it's also a common baseline for most horizontal violence and bullying. Is this what you want our profession to look like? Is this the toxic environment you'd like to work in?
I'm both a RPN and a RN-BScN. And I'd like to mention that more than 50% of my classmates in the Practical Nursing program had baccalaureate degrees in another discipline before becoming RPNs (myself included). So, all this crap about LPNs/RPNs bing less qualified because they don't have "university preparation" is, well....FALSE! After studying to become both and RPN and RN, I can assure you we study from exactly the same textbooks, we cover the same material, we learn the same "generalist" skills. The only difference is RPNs study for 2 years, RNs traditionally used to study for 4 years (unless they're in a compressed program) and cover more depth. Does this make them better for bedside? Not necessarily. The ability to digest /process information is only as good as a person's ability to apply it to real life scenarios.
Anyone trying to diminnish the value of LPN/RPNs can take their insecurity elsewhere.