New LPN and dont feel like a "real" nurse!

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    I just Graduated as an LPN June 16th of this year and passed Nclex August
    15th, I am still looking for my first
    Nursing job so i haven’t even started working yet but I dont’t feel like a “real” nurse! Like I know RNs can do SO much more than an LPN but I know I didn’t just Go thru a whole year of
    Hell to not be a real nurse!! And it doesnt help when i hear other people saying i’m not a real nurse! Maybe when I actually start working I’ll start to feel like a real nurse!

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    Well if it’s true that I’m not a real nurse, please tell my achy feet and my 24 years of experience as a LPN. I enjy working as a LPN. I have worked in nursing homes, hospice, rural family clinic, assisted living and mental health. Nursing is a a very rewarding career. I enjoy just being able to help people in need. So yes a LPN is indeed a REAL NURSE!!! Be proud and stand tall….a lot of people would do anything to be in your shoes!!!


    Being a RN does not make someone a real nurse. Being a LVN does not make someone a real nurse either. It does not matter if you are a LVN or a RN, you are still a nurse. But to be what you describe a “real nurse” takes experience to grow into by working and learning. Both roles as a RN and LVN are valuable pieces of the medical team. Don’t sell yourself short. The feeling of being a real nurse will come in time.


    I’m unfamiliar with your scope… I’m an rpn in ontario and our scope is the same as the rn… Skills wise there is no difference but it’s harder to get jobs in certain settings as an rpn. But i do feel like a nurse as I am one 😉 worked my butt off for 2 1/2 years to be one!

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