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You Know You're an LPN When...

You Know You're an LPN When...

Rachael Travis | Scrubs Magazine

How do you know you’re an LPN (or an LVN if you’re practicing in California or Texas)?

See if you recognize yourself in the following tongue-in-cheek list, compiled by a 30-something Mississippi-based LPN.

1. You feel like Malcolm in the Middle—stuck between the RNs and CNAs.

2. You’re so used to eating cold food that you don’t bother microwaving anything other than coffee.

3. You put scissors, tape, TAO, Band-Aids and a black pen in your pocket everywhere you go.

4. You can identify pills found on the floor whether they’re brand-name or generic.

5. You are used to getting cussed out at 7 a.m. daily, thanks to the RP phone calls letting them know Mom’s Colace has been changed from capsule to tablet.

6. You go through more shoes than Paris Hilton to ward off foot pain.

7. You label all the meds you have at home with the “open” date and circle the expiration.

8. Your lunches sometimes consist of Mountain Dew and Snickers—the wrapper allows you to eat and chart without dirty fingers.

9. You get more puke and poo on yourself than a new mom.

10. You date and initial your kids’ Band-Aids.

Sound familiar? What would you add?

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    Old_School_Nurse

    over 3 years ago

    26 comments

    11. when there are more than 18 patients on the floor and 2 RN's, 1 LPN / LVN, 3-4 CNA's, The RN's call supervisors for more help, get upset when they are refused. Assign the LPN meds only to 15 of the patients and complain about the patient load instead of a 3 way split and helping out with IV's if necessary, etc.
    12. The LPN finds a problem with a patient, reports it. The RN gets the credit. (Team nursing is extinct).

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    Account Removed

    over 3 years ago

    This is SOOO true!!

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