Quote from Tinamae
New grad with 6 mos experience, and I'm not sure if I made a mistake in choosing this career? Told my a more experienced nurse to change my field all together! That more seasoned nurses were not leaving this field and it would take me a long time to get where she is! Wondering if adding more certifications and maybe taking a coding class could help?
Signed, DCD (dazed confused disappointed)
Hello! I'm also a new grad LPN (have yet to take the NCLEX) and I feel your frustrations. I knew going into this profession that nowadays, LPNs are much more limited in their opportunities. Where I am, the VA is the only hospital to hire LPNs and everywhere else - clinics, nursing homes are just as competitive. They tend to hire the new grad RN's and keep the older, experienced ("i won't give up my job) LPNS. I knew after graduation it was going to be difficult to find a job so I planned on doing an RN bridge program after my NCLEX, while (hopefully) working. The truth is the LPNs are fazing out. I've spoken with my nursing director about this, as well as my mom who's been a nurse for more almost 30 years. Definitely take advantage of your opportunities now before it's too late. Good luck!!!
PS: Take what that nurse said with a grain of salt. See the positive in it - "okay, so she's telling me to shoo bc she's threatened i'd take her job" (bc that's really what it is). This could be a wake up call or a sign telling you to not get comfortable and that there are more opportunities out there. So you'll say, "okay, so you want me to change fields? i'll do something better." Get your RN, come back and she'll have to work with you as her RN. Bottom line is that realize that this nurse is saying this bc she's threatened, insecure. She's probably alot older and knows all the "LPN" she knows and I'm sure if she could further advance her career, she would but possibly cannot so she's putting her frustrations and insecurities on you by intimidating you. Don't listen to her crap. Remember that it's her own problem