I have only recently found this message board from LPNs, and have been writing to each of the LPNs, trying to get the word out to all LPNs around the country about the National Federation of LPNs, which is the only professional orgainzation for LPNs, run by LPNs. Please visit the website at www.nflpn.org to find out all the benifts, and to join. NFLPN is based on a 3 tier consept, National Level, State Level (what ever state you are from, New York is now a constiuent state. If an LPN belongs to a non- constiuent state of NFLPN, they can still join as an Individual member) and Local Level (each State does their own division of local levels). Benifts of being a member are endless, starting with Legislative monitoring on National and State Levels, Continuing Education via "Advance for LPNs" a magazine that you recieve quarterly, CEUs at Annual Conventions, Seminars, Workshops, Certification in IV Therapy, Gerintology, and Wound Care, and online CEUs. CEU data bank, reduced rates to attend the Convention, Seminars, Workshops, and Cerifactions, access to Liability Insurance with NSO Orgainzation, networking with LPNs from across the United States and Canada, and much more.
You are so right when you say, that you would rather trust your care to an experienced LPN, than a RN right out of school. I would go a step further and say I would trust my care to a NEW LPN rather than an new RN (LPNs are better trained on the on hands care of patients). I hear you loud and clear.So please take a few minutes and visit the web site for NFLPN, and join the NFLPN now. There are over 1.2 million LPNs in the US and we need then ALL!!! I have been a member of NFLPN since 1976 ( 3 years after I became an LPN), and always been active on the State level. Only recently (7 years ago) have I become active on the National Level, and have learned so very much about legislation, licenseure, scope of practice, State Boards of Nursing, and about othe LPNs in the same boat that I have been sailing....so join me and become a member. Sincerely, JoAnn Shaw LPN