Former LPNs that are now RNs

  1. I recently became an RN after several years of working as an LPN.

    I started working on a telemetry floor as a new grad, I worked in ambulatory care and LTC as an LPN so no acute care.

    While I have been nervous about working in a hospital, I haven't been terrified like I was as a new LPN. Which is making me MORE nervous! Does that even make sense?!

    I am definitely asking a lot of questions, taking notes when I can, and am double checking everything I do. While I feel nervous about taking my own patients, I feel comfortable which I didn't expect to feel and I am almost afraid that I am being too overconfident. Which leads to making mistakes which I obviously do not want.

    Any former LPNs now RNs experience this? It's such a strange feeling because the fact that I am not super nervous is making me more nervous and is messing with my head!
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  3. by   Davey Do
    Quote from SaltySarcasticSally
    While I have been nervous about working in a hospital, I haven't been terrified like I was as a new LPN. Which is making me MORE nervous! Does that even make sense?!
    Could it be, SaltySarcasticSally, that you have a wealth of basics under your belt and now you're ascending to this level of care with some confidence in knowing where to focus your energies?

    I myself bounced around so much in doing EMS, LTC, Psych, OR, and CD Tx as an CNA/EMT/LPN that becoming an RN was a relatively easy transition.
  4. by   SaltySarcasticSally
    Quote from Davey Do
    Could it be, SaltySarcasticSally, that you have a wealth of basics under your belt and now you're ascending to this level of care with some confidence in knowing where to focus your energies?

    I myself bounced around so much in doing EMS, LTC, Psych, OR, and CD Tx as an CNA/EMT/LPN that becoming an RN was a relatively easy transition.
    That could defintely be the case and the fact that you find your transition easier than an RN without that medical experience makes me feel better. I just thought I was over estimating myself perhaps and wanted to get that in check if that were the case. Thanks for your comment!

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