LPNs looked down on

  1. I was so happy that I was accepted into the LPN program at a cc. My excitement made me tell people, family, friends, nurse secretary, prof. All of them say they are very disappointed in me because I can do better. My professors especially made me feel very bad and sad. I did also get accepted into the RN program. At this time, I needed to postpone that due to finances. I cannot quit my job since they pay full tuition and books. I work the midnight shift also. On my acceptance letter was all of the fees that needed to be paid in less than 30 days. This financial notice came without warning (uniforms, cpr, etc books - i expected but not everything else so quickly )
    LPNs that I have spoke to highly recommended becoming a LPN to get a feel and experience.I have seen A students struggling, failing etc and only a very small portion of rn nursing entrants actually finish the program at this cc. I need to do this! One professor actually told me to go on welfare. I was insulted.
    Why are LPNs looked down on? I actually had someone ask me are you going to be a nurse or a LPN. This is what I need to do for me right now. Why doesnt anyone be happy for ME? There seems to be so much prestige with being an RN and I dont want to take anything from them but is being a LPN so low? I shut off my phones and am isolating for a few hours. Im hurt but still proud of myself regardless and look forward to the classes and actually completing the program. Because to me it is not so much that you get in but that you actually complete the program and become a nurse.
    I plan to enter an RN program once I am an LPN, the bridge program. Im glad that I can come here to get things out. Thank you all for listening.
    Last edit by Butterflybee on Dec 20, '05
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  2. 16 Comments

  3. by   Jessy_RN
    You do what you have to do and do NOT worry about what anyone else has to say. It's such a shame what these folks have been saying.

    Get your LPN, get your foot in the door and then go back for your RN if you wish. You will find lots of support here and nothing less than that.

    Good luck to you!

    Jess
  4. by   fletchnurse
    Don't let people discourage you! I wanted to be a nurse, since I was a hospital volunteer at age 14. I never intended on being a LPN, but that was what ended up happening, because life changes your plans. Initially I was taking prerequsites, all the while planning on getting a nursing degree (RN), from the community college. Instead, I found myself to be waiting tables as a single parent & I thought that being a LPN would make me happier & require less financial commitment than the RN program. That is what I did....I became a CNA first, then I took the phlebotomy course, to be sure that nursing was the career for me. Some of my friends & family were sure that I had given up on my dreams, but I hadn't. In 1999 I graduated from LPN school & was very proud of myself, as were my parents & close friends.
    You will always find people who don't consider LPNs to be real nurses or professional. However, what makes you happy is what is important.
    I was not happy with my LPN & I began taking the rest of the RN prerequistes, one class at a time, until they were all completed. Two weeks ago I graduated from the RN program. Instead of being sorry that I was a LPN for 6 years....I am happy for the time I spent as a LPN, the experience that I gained & the peoples lives that I touched.
    >>>>>>>And please don't misunderstand me....if you get your LPN and are finished with school then, you are still a nurse, you are still impacting peoples lives & will go home to sleep at night, knowing that nursing is a profession which you are part of & proud to be part of.
    I hope that this encourages you, because I can't tell you how much encouragement helped me make it through school! Best of luck to you!
  5. by   Jessy_RN
    Welcome fletchnurse and butterflybee to the site.
  6. by   GooeyRN
    Don't let them get to you. I was a CNA, and an LPN before becoming an RN. Each member of the team has their own role in patient care, and no member is more important or better than the other. LPN's are needed and loved in my book!
  7. by   fletchnurse
    Hi FutureRNJess & Butterflybee...I have graduated from Edison College, in Florida, from an ADN program & hope to take the NCLEX by the end of the month. I do plan on going back to school in the summer, for what...I haven't decided.....I am torn between continuing in nursing or going for PA (physician's assistant). Does anyone have input on this?
  8. by   Jessy_RN
    Quote from fletchnurse
    Hi FutureRNJess & Butterflybee...I have graduated from Edison College, in Florida, from an ADN program & hope to take the NCLEX by the end of the month. I do plan on going back to school in the summer, for what...I haven't decided.....I am torn between continuing in nursing or going for PA (physician's assistant). Does anyone have input on this?
    Congratulations on graduating! It depends what appeals to you the most. They are 2 different scopes of practices so ultimately it is up to you. I know that for me, nursing is what I want. Upon completion of the NCLEX, try it out and see what you want to do. Good luck
  9. by   daisy9980
    Hi. I am in nursing school for my LPN. I am proud. Many people frown upon it. Alot of others ask why not just go for your RN. It is annoying sometimes. But I can relate to this topic! Take care, Tracy
  10. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    The best answer when people ask why you're not doing this or that is "I'm doing what's best for ME." Don't let people discourage you for what is best for you.
  11. by   Tweety
    Good luck.

    The fact of the matter is for nine more months of education you can make up to $200.00 a week more, and much more opportunity, thus the feedback your getting.

    Don't own the negativity. You're going about it in an excellent way, the way that works for you and you should be proud of that regardless of how anyone else feels.

    Best wishes.
  12. by   Maisie
    Don't worry about what people think. Every occupation is like that. People look down on RNs as well. They are called doctors. Specialist look down on general doctors. This system allows people to feel better about themselves.

    I have seen this in my previous occupation as well. I was a systems programmer. They look down on applications programmers. All programmers feel superior to computer operators. The computer operators looked down on keypunch operators. The whole system changed when everyone moved to a PC enviroment. Then the PC people looked down on the mainframe people. It is entirely silly.

    Here is the thing. We are all equal. God declared this long ago. The occupation you choose is based on time, finances, and your general feelings about what you want to do with your life at that particular time. Answer your phone and tell this to the next person who thinks LPNs are not good enough. None of us can take our occupations to the grave. Not even Donald Trump.
  13. by   Maisie
    Don't worry about what people think. Every occupation is like that. People look down on RNs as well. They are called doctors. Specialist look down on general doctors. This system allows people to feel better about themselves.

    I have seen this in my previous occupation as well. I was a systems programmer. They look down on applications programmers. All programmers feel superior to computer operators. The computer operators looked down on keypunch operators. The whole system changed when everyone moved to a PC enviroment. Then the PC people looked down on the mainframe people. It is entirely silly.

    Here is the thing. We are all equal. God declared this long ago. The occupation you choose is based on time, finances, and your general feelings about what you want to do with your life at that particular time. Answer your phone and tell this to the next person who thinks LPNs are not good enough. None of us can take our occupations to the grave. Not even Donald Trump.
  14. by   jnette
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    The best answer when people ask why you're not doing this or that is "I'm doing what's best for ME." Don't let people discourage you for what is best for you.
    I totally agree.. end of story. That's ALL that you need to say.

    Don't own the negativity. You're going about it in an excellent way, the way that works for you and you should be proud of that regardless of how anyone else feels.

    So true. Hold your head up and hang on to that joy and pride in doing what YOU chose to do. This is for YOU.. not to please everyone else.

    So very sorry for the negative feedback, but ppl can only make you feel hurt and bad if you LET them Please don't allow this.

    We support you, and are happy for and with you ! (((HUGS)))

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