How are you treated?

  1. Hello everyone, Im new here and I just wanted to get this out in the open.. I don't know what kind of setting you all work in but I'm going to share this with you. When I became an LPN 4 years ago, I started in the same Nursing Home where I was already a CNA. I liked it there, but after a year of pushing a med cart and dressing the same wounds it became very stale. My DON then gave me a charge nurse position which was alright, I wasnt pushing a med cart but I was now in charge of the other staff (CNA's and Med Nurses) as well as talking to the doctors, taking telephone orders and dealing with families, resident issues such as A&I's and general complaints. When I was in charge, it was me, I had an RN supervisor running around but she was busy with her own paperwork. I got paid well and I was top dog so to speak. I have since left long term care and I now work in the Emergency Room of my local community hospital. I love my new found skills such as IV insertion, accessing ports, assisting doctors and surgeons at the bedside, I can read and diagnose EKG's, its great.........but............the RN's treat the 5 of us (5 lpns in the er) like were idiots. I have heard comments like lpn (lets pretend nurse) or someone will ask for a nurse and someone may say oh, christina is right there and the RN will say, oh no, I need an RN. HELLO!!! I went through a 16month LPN program, took and passed the NCLEX my 1st go round, I am a damn good nurse and get treated like an idiot. Not to mention the pay is lousy in the hospital. I am slowly taking pre-requisite after pre-requisite for the LPN to RN advanced placement program at the community college but I feel like at this rate, I'll be 50 before I'm done, and I'm 29 now. Any one have any advice?? I'm getting burnt out already and I'm only and LPN 4 years.
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  3. by   Jessy_RN
    welcome to the site. enjoy your stay and best wishes to you.
  4. by   Tweety
    I'm sorry you're going through such a rough time. Don't feel bad. I work med-surg and am an RN and the ER RN's and ICU RNs sometimes think they are holier than thou. (Not all, just a few with ego problems) It's their problem, don't own it. Just continue to be the best nurse that you can be and that you are.
  5. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from ChristinaLPN
    Hello everyone, Im new here and I just wanted to get this out in the open.. I don't know what kind of setting you all work in but I'm going to share this with you. When I became an LPN 4 years ago, I started in the same Nursing Home where I was already a CNA. I liked it there, but after a year of pushing a med cart and dressing the same wounds it became very stale. My DON then gave me a charge nurse position which was alright, I wasnt pushing a med cart but I was now in charge of the other staff (CNA's and Med Nurses) as well as talking to the doctors, taking telephone orders and dealing with families, resident issues such as A&I's and general complaints. When I was in charge, it was me, I had an RN supervisor running around but she was busy with her own paperwork. I got paid well and I was top dog so to speak. I have since left long term care and I now work in the Emergency Room of my local community hospital. I love my new found skills such as IV insertion, accessing ports, assisting doctors and surgeons at the bedside, I can read and diagnose EKG's, its great.........but............the RN's treat the 5 of us (5 lpns in the er) like were idiots. I have heard comments like lpn (lets pretend nurse) or someone will ask for a nurse and someone may say oh, christina is right there and the RN will say, oh no, I need an RN. HELLO!!! I went through a 16month LPN program, took and passed the NCLEX my 1st go round, I am a damn good nurse and get treated like an idiot. Not to mention the pay is lousy in the hospital. I am slowly taking pre-requisite after pre-requisite for the LPN to RN advanced placement program at the community college but I feel like at this rate, I'll be 50 before I'm done, and I'm 29 now. Any one have any advice?? I'm getting burnt out already and I'm only and LPN 4 years.
    Ignore the people that insist on putting down others to make themselves feel better. You know you worked hard to get where you are, don't let someone else attempt to minimize that.

    You got a lot on your plate, which can stress you out, but when peopel seek out ways to put down others, that just makes people feel worse. You know you're doing your job, a good job. And one day, you'll complete your degree, and you'll remember what it was like when others made the let's pretend nurse remarks, but you'll have a better understanding on why you won't do that.

    (And i totally understand the i'll-be-50-before-i'm-done feeling. I'm 28 and doing the same thing.)
  6. by   djcrocker
    Christina - Been there, felt your pain. As you are taking classes to get your RN, find a mentor amoung the RN staff. Pick one of the nurses that is hassling you the most. Ask her/him to teach you, explain theory and other things that will help you through the RN program and transitions. If the others see one of the "in crowd" accepting you, they will be more likely to accept you.
  7. by   traumaRUs
    My advice is to also find a mentor. I know in our ER, we phased out LPN's because of the differences in the state practice act with what an LPN could do in the ER. However, we encouraged (strongly) the LPN's to continue in school - we have a College of Nursing attached to the hospital and offer tuition assistance. I was an LPN for two years while I pursued my RN and am very glad I continued in school.
  8. by   LPN2RNdude
    i have been an LPN for 5 years. ive never been treated like an inferior.... just the few patients who ask if im an RN or LPN and they were just curious, not meaning anything by it. Most do not care.
    sorry you are going through that. i work in LTC so im sure your situation is very different that mine.
    i love being an LPN, but i want more options as to where i can work. so im in my final year of LPN to RN school.... and im loving it......
  9. by   nancyrsharpe
    I think sometimes, maybe cause it's a mostly woman field, cattiness is omnipresent...to everyone... the PCAs think they do all the hard work while rns sit on the computer all night, The RNs are burnt out sometimes when we have to do our assignments plus push IV meds or do assessments for the LPN's, but what it comes down to is usually poor staffing. NOONE has the time to do the kind of care we went into this field to do.. and we're all sad...but we are a team too..and loving your nursing "Family" is very important for job satisfaction.
  10. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I think sometimes, maybe cause it's a mostly woman field, cattiness is omnipresent.
    Oh, for Pete's sake, NOT AGAIN!
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