My last post had a lot of responses! Mostly positive responses which is great to see, and it also caused a lot of conversations. I did have some negative responses too, which is expected.
I want to start off with that I really wish there was only one type of nurse. One body, all members with the same education. A dream, really.
Also, please don’t misplace my passion for incompetence. I do not bring my wage dissatisfaction to my place of work, I do not treat my patients differently because I am unhappy with my wage. My patients are treated how I would want my loved ones cared for; with competence, compassion, dignity, respect, and love.
Something that strikes me, was the fact that some people raised the point, “If you’re not happy with your job and wage, why don’t you do something else? Or why don’t you become an RN?”
I’ll answer the latter question first, Why don’t you become an RN?
Believe it or not I am enrolled in the LPN-RN Program with Athabasca University. Its expensive, I’m still paying my LPN student loans, and I’m finding it hard to make ends meet and also enjoy life. The things that scare me and make me hesitant is the job security and outlook. Some of my RN friends can only find casual or part time work. One had to move to NWT to get a full time job. If things continue the way they are, then LPN’s scope will keep increasing while their wages remain low, and I worry that LPN’s could be replacing RN’s. I do not wish for that to happen. RN’s should not be replaced. They are vital to a patients care.
The answer to the first question, Why don’t you do something else?
I think people get off topic with this question. It is not that simple. Should we not stand up for what we believe in? Should we not fight for our rights? All this discussion came about because of Bill 9, and threats of wage rollbacks. I don’t want my wage rolled back because I believe its already much lower than it should be. I also wanted to raise awareness to the general public that LPN’s are nurses, and that they’re doing a lot of the same tasks as an RN for much less money per hour. My post was not intended to undermine RN’s, they are necessary, smart, and they do have more post secondary education than LPN’s. RN’s should make more money than LPN’s, I agree, but I think its too big of a gap.
I don’t want people to assume that I hate my job because I’m concerned with my wages. I LOVE MY JOB, but I’m sad that my wages are at risk of being cut back when they are already low (see Bill 9 info). I write to raise awareness, I write to advocate for myself and fellow LPN’s who are working hard and not receiving the pay that is appropriate for the work they do.