HANG IN THERE, AND BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!
I have been an LPN for30 years and when I graduated from nursing school, I was told we (LPN's) would be phased out within 10 years. Slowly but surely, this is coming true, in one context. That being, that the experience and expertise of LPN's is downgraded by the medical community. I have worked on both coasts, as well as New Orleans, Americus, Ga.; and Arkansas. I've worked in ICU/CCU, BEFORE it was popular (in Philadelphia,Pa., and Americus, Ga.). I've worked in ER, Med/Surg, L&D, and Recovery room, in hospitals. I've worked as office nurse for an internist who specialized in coronary care (in Little Rock), a 5 physician clinic(in San Jose, Ca.), and as head nurse of an alcohol/drug acute care hospital(in Morgan Hill, Ca.). Along with these experiences, I have done private duty with cases that were very unpopular with my peers. At 52, along with many personal tragic happenings in my life, I've decided against furthering my nursing career. My most recent endeavor was to train CNA's in my community for home health, nursing home and as a "leg-up" for students who had visions of becoming nurses, but who weren't sure. Due to lack of community response, and my lack of business knowledge, I had to close my doors in Dec.,1997. In spite of this failur, I have pride in the fact that I had a 100% pass rate among my students who completed my course. And, hopefully, those who went on will find a rewarding life in nursing. Don't give up, you are a very valuable person, and God made you a nurse for a reason. Happiness, Sandra