8 true definitions for “RN”

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I always enjoy hearing other nurses talk about our profession. Everyone has their own opinion, be it positive or negative in nature. One of the greatest opinions on the matter came from a coworker of mine who posted the “true meanings of RN” on her Facebook page which started a tremendous chatter in response. I thought I would comment on each of these meanings and provide my own insight into the truth behind ‘RN.’

“The true meanings behind RN: Reluctantly Nice, Real Nurturer, Registered Nutcase, Rather Nerdy, Rockstar Nanny, Regretfully Naive, Rebelliously Naughty, Rescue Ninja…”

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Nicole Lehr

Nicole Lehr is a pediatric nurse. She can be described in three adjectives: content, thankful and fortunate. All credit for the aforementioned description can be given to the love she has for her profession as an RN. She graduated from University of Florida with her Bachelor’s in Nursing and moved to Atlanta to work at the Cardiac Stepdown Unit at Children’s — her dream job.

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19 Responses to 8 true definitions for “RN”

  1. Susie

    CNA chick not available
    LPN living pretty nice
    LVN living very nice
    NP nurse professional

    • Kathleen H

      One of my patients told me it was Registered Nerd!

  2. Helen Marshall RN, BSN

    RN- really nuts; BSN- born severely nuts

  3. Helen Marshall

    I like Rebelliously Naughty and Rescue Ninja. I’ve never been a strict black/white copulsively anal rule follower. I’ve snuck pats of butter, “not seen” dogs wrapped in coats and dug patients teeth out of dirty linen hampers.

    I never believed “It’s Not My Job’. I’ve done housekeeper, lab and transporter things. Most of my patients over the years have been elderly and chronically/terminaly ill. I’ve done so many things that were the “other duties as required” that I could write a whole new job discription.

  4. A friend of my husband has this to say, RN–Real Nurse, LPN– Low Paid Nurse!!

    • Tonya

      It really bothers me to see the comments made by non professional as well as professional regarding this beloved profession im a LPN which i enjoy my skills,opions & knowledge works side by side with the RN & Dr as we no who are in the fill the LPN’S are working the floor running the units etc healthcare is ever changing everyone does not desire to be a RN. As for me i will be completing school soon & my job will change only pay!!!!

      • jas RN

        I have the utmost respect for LPN’s. I learned more from them after graduating than anyone else because they worked on the floors alongside the RNs. I have since moved to Michigan and here the hospital LPNs glorified CNAs (doing pt care duties), otherwise they work in nursing homes. It was a huge culture shock to me.

  5. Rigas Papagolos

    Refusing Negativity

  6. Janice

    I had a medical assistant say to me…”oh you’re an LPN…that means let’s Play Nurse”. I was deeply offends and stated that when I went to nursing school I choose LPN because back then-1960’s- the LPN’s were more hands on with the patient and not passing meds most of the shift. My program was equivalent to the RN associate degree program of today.

  7. Joanie Shelton

    2 more-

    Real Nut
    Registered Nuisance

  8. maribeth

    My nursing instructor. She said “ready now”

  9. Joy

    Right Now seemed to be the demand from my patients.

  10. jas RN

    I’m sure a few patients would call us, “Real nags” when we make them get out of bed and walk after surgery.

  11. Eleanor

    Just found this program. Love it. Wish we’d had it when I was first an LPN , than anRN. I boo’ed at the comment about lpn, little play nurse, if he only knew. As an LPN, I served many a night shift as charge nurse on one unit or another. Wouldn’t do it now for anything.

  12. sallypat RN

    It used to annoy me when I was a LPN, that I was “practically a nurse” and RN’s were “real nurses”.

  13. 8113lgr

    While giving a deposition, the lawyer asked me if I was a “real nurse”, of course my response to his question would have been thats what RN stands for! I thinkd if I had given that answer he probably would have felt dumb.

  14. JerZFox RN

    Robo Nurse

  15. india1945

    I am a RN, just got my license from New York. How can I make my best resume. Can any one have resume I can see please.