Having Trouble telling people I'm an LPN - page 3

so i'm an lpn. when people ask me what i do, i say i'm a nurse to avoid having to give a long explanation! then they ask me what i'm going to school for and i say nursing, so they're like... Read More

  1. by   LfmVigilo
    I'm glad I came across this thread because I have these same exact problems, especially when I was in nursing school at 16. (Whole life story time lol) I left highschool at the age of 16 because I felt It was a waste of time I wasn't being challenged and the courses wern't the least bit stimulating. At that point I was unsure of what exactly I wanted to do and with no highschool diploma there wasnt much I could no anyway. I recieved my GED about 3 months after leaving highschool. When considering career options I did some research on well paying jobs and cross referenced them that with some of my interests. Nursing seemed to be a sure winner, so I began LPN school in April of 07' my original graduation date was Mar 08' but because of serious internal staff changes at the private college I attend I missed out on an entire quarter of school which set my graduation date to Aug 08'. I was devastated at first because I was looking forward to registering for my NCLEX the day I turned 18 in April, but now I would have to wait even longer than what already seemed like a forever and then some goal. During the quarter there was no school I decided to take courses to become a real estate agent which I also can't test out for until April of this year, but real estate has always been an interest of mine, but it just was more like a cushion to not feel like the time I was out of school was wasted time. When I finish in Aug I plan to going right back and attending the school's LPN-ADN bridge program Jan 09' right away before they change the requirements to 1yr experience as an LPN effective for all students accepted after Jan 09'. My ultimate goal is to become a CRNA and with the mind set of success and the daughter(15months) I have to take care of I know the goal is within reach.
  2. by   AspiringNurse7
    Quote from Suesquatch
    Why go through all of this?

    "I'm an LPN. I'm going to school to become an RN."
    Well put.Are you ashamed of being a LPN?While most people don't know what LPN's do, they will recognize the name.Do RN's have to explain what they do?? They simply say "im a RN."
  3. by   Lovely_RN
    GT sometimes you just have to stop explaining things to thick headed people Lol.

    The average 19 year old is going to school and maybe making a few bucks doing a PT job somewhere.

    You are an LPN in NYC and we have the potential to make a very decent living in this part of the country. People are raising families off of LPN money and you at only 19 with no baggage are probably doing very well for yourself.

    So tell your friends, loved ones, and other nosy people who don't get it after the first explanation:

    "I'm an LPN, A NURSE, I make good money and that's more than the average 19 year old can say."
  4. by   suzi-Q
    Hey Falon, You're good!!!
  5. by   hospitalstaph
    Quote from caliotter3

    None of this will be a problem anymore once you become an RN.
    Oh if only that were true. I am working on my RN-to-BSN, but I still get "so when will you been done with your nursing degree?" They seem so confused when I explain that I am an RN now! It is even more confusing to them that my job description will not change once I obtain my BSN.

    I should point out that I have NEVER had another nurse ask me if I was going to get my BSN after finishing my ADN.

    It is irritating when you feel like others may be challenging your education and hard work, but I always try to picture them trying to do the same thing, and it just makes me laugh!
  6. by   MrsCaseyRN
    I agree with the replie to just say, I'm an LPN going for my RN". Enough said. Even when you're an RN (which I am) people will still not get what you do. Yep, I've had many people think all nurses just give meds and "wipe butts". You'll always have that pt that thinks doctor is the only one they should be concerned with. Its okay to explain your education but don't feel you have to justify it.
  7. by   gt4everpn
    Quote from falon
    gt sometimes you just have to stop explaining things to thick headed people lol.

    the average 19 year old is going to school and maybe making a few bucks doing a pt job somewhere.

    you are an lpn in nyc and we have the potential to make a very decent living in this part of the country. people are raising families off of lpn money and you at only 19 with no baggage are probably doing very well for yourself.

    so tell your friends, loved ones, and other nosy people who don't get it after the first explanation:

    "i'm an lpn, a nurse, i make good money and that's more than the average 19 year old can say."
    thanks, falon!! this may be alittle cocky of me to say:icon_roll but thanks anyway, i'll give it a try!
  8. by   jessiern
    I agree. Don't work about what others think. Correct misconceptions if you feel you must. And it will be years before the age thing gets better. I recently had a patient refuse to have me as a nurse becuase a 12 yr old could in no way be a good nurse. Patients ask me all the time if I am really old enough to be a nurse.
  9. by   bigsyis
    I had a gentleman in a 4 bed ward one night who used all of those same questions on me and then wanted to know if I was nurse, where my cap was? I told him to watch me throughout the evening (3-11) and then let me know at the end of the shift if he thought that I was a nurse or not. He was convinced, and said that until he watched me work he didn't know that an LPN "could be a real nurse." That was on a cardiac/ICU stepdown unit in 1984.
  10. by   queenjean
    I was an LPN for many years, and now am an RN.

    When people asked me my job, I said I was a nurse. When they asked me what I was going to school for, I'd say I was advancing my nursing degree. If they wanted specifics, I'd tell them, but some people just get lost in the LPN-ADN-RN-BSN-etc shuffle.

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