Grandfather/Grant right to challenge Board of Nurses to transition LPN - RN
  • Petitioned MS. Kathleen Sebelius

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Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
MS. Kathleen Sebelius
President of the United States

Grandfather/Grant right to challenge Board of Nurses to transition LPN - RN

    1. Anthony Robinson
    2. Petition by

      Anthony Robinson

      Charlotte, NC

The Nursing shortage is getting worse and worse. I feel the States and the Board of Nurses should be addressing this in many areas. I heard recently that a CNA can challenge the Board of Nurses to became an LPN. I wanted to know the facts so I contacted some States Boards of Nurses (California) and verified that in fact this is truthful.

Should a LPN be able to challenge the RN’s boards? If you have a LPN with, lets says 5 years plus experience. Has gained vast knowledge of the body systems, pharmacology, assessment skills, and theory among other things through practicing their Nursing and caring for very ill patients. Why shouldn’t she or he be able to challenge the Board of Nurses to help close the gap of our nursing shortage? We as an Americans should stop Importing Registered Nurses when we have Many Quality Licensed Practical Nurses here in our Own Country.

Many of our patients are sicker and sicker theses days in the hospitals and the acuity of care is higher and higher each day. Why it is ok to have an LPN on the floor or in Telemetry units and or a variety of other areas for that matter within an acute care hospitals taking up the slack so RN's have a ratio of 2-1. While the LPN carries 6 patients and in some cases more. And this is in a hospital setting. Please do not forget that in a Skill Nursing Facility the ratio could be 25 and even 40 to 1, not counting the States that have not limit on Patient / Nurse Ratio.

Why does our legislation allow us LPN’s to provide primary care to these patients in this type of setting and deem us competent? We start our own Intravenous lines, pass our own medications, do our own NGT and GT feeding, and do our own dressing changes. Do our own pre-post operative care & procedures. Receive both incoming and outgoing patients to & from surgery. Handle our own orders T.O. doctor’s calls, and rounds. Hang our own blood, and provide patient teachings among other things.

Why it is ok for the LPN's to close this gap in the hospitals, SNF, Private Duty and not be allowed to close the gap in the nursing shortage we have by being able to challenge the Boards of Nurses so there are more RN's available to fill positions?

Why do we have to Import Nurses and then have to retrain them here in America,(many times an old time LPN is the one doing the training), wasting resources we desperately need instead of using the nurses we already have in our own country?

I have personally trained RN's as well as new grads. Some are very knowledgeable while others are not. And I find this to be true in all type of employment out there. It’s not just limited to nursing. "We are not just LPN's. We are smart valued, competent compassionate Nurses trying to provide the best care we can for our patients and their families. As our titles per the Board of Nurses say, Licensed Practical Nurse.

If the US Department of Health a Social Services would look at this and study the facts they might possibly change their minds about LPN’s challenging the RN's boards and help address our Nursing shortage with our own Nurses instead of importing them from overseas.

We petition to be grandfathered in or at least to be granted the opportunity to challenge the States Board of Nurses to transition from LPN’s to RN’s

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      Anthony Robinson
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    Reasons for signing

    • Elisabeth Larsen HURON, SD
      • almost 2 years ago

      This is absolutely necessary! I had no idea nurses are being exported from overseas. How ridiculous! Thank you for addressing this issue! It is obviously a much needed topic!

    • Miriam Ankerbrand CHAMBERSBURG, PA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I recently gave up my career as an LPN because of lack of recognition given to work done well. The RN's that are fresh out of school know little to nothing about good nursing care and I'm tired of training them to be good nurses. I've been an LPN for over 20 years and it's no longer rewarding. You are expected to do more than an RN does and yet about half the pay. I have just as much knowledge if not more than these new RN's coming out of nursing school. If I could have the chance to challenge and become an RN, I'd return to nursing in a heartbeat. I love nursing, but hate what it has become because of politics, rediculous insurance requirements, and the lack of compassion and caring displayed by the new graduates who are pushed through school and not trained well just to help meet the nursing shortage. Let those of us who really care about the patients and want to make a difference be able to be grandfathered in as an RN. It's one very good way to get the quality nurses that hospitals and doctors are looking for.

    • Phyllis Williams CHICAGO RIDGE, IL
      • almost 2 years ago

      In the 1980's there was an informational session regarding this matter. It was said that by 1995 ALL LPN's who had been practicing for a least 10 yrs would be grandfathered in as Associate -Degreed RNs. What happen? This session took place in a well known hospital in chicago, Ill.

    • debbie barsch DOWNSVILLE, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      this is very important to me.. i cannot afford to go back to school. have been a lpn for almost 30 years. am a single mom. and still have a son living with me and a son in college at the present.... to grandfather in would be wonderful.. i have worked in all aspects of nursing and is currently working with the geriatric generation...

    • Karen Spafard JOHNSON CITY, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      Almost a century ago, it was true that LPNs only received rudimentary training in basic technical skills, did not know anatomy and physiology or nursing theory. It is NOT the case with present day LPNs. We have had all of the same training as RNs have had. We learn nursing theory, anatomy and physiology, etc. We learn the same complex technical skills. The only thing they have that we don't have are some general liberal arts credits to give them enough credits to get an associates degree. Present day LPN programs are quite similar to what the hospital diploma RN programs used to be.


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