"Just an LPN"....does anyone else get discouraged? - page 8

Hello nurses! I have been discouraged lately...I feel like I am constantly fighting off the stigma of being "just an LPN." When people ask what I do, I always say I am a nurse....they then want... Read More

  1. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Oh no nooooooooo, i didn't see where you had used the words "cheap labor", i was refering to another post where someone else had said this to me. The person who had used those words pointedly to me didn't use the phrase as an economic standpoint.
  2. by   NursesRmofun
    Quote from RN34TX
    That's funny, I'd swear that there are a lot of RN's out there who are only "wannabes". You know those people that you wonder in the back of your mind how they ever got a license to begin with?
    I have no idea. I have not met many bad nurses. The ones that were bad were lazy most of the time, not stupid. LPNS and RNS have different educations....but I know that LPNS are nurses. I was one for 13 years.
  3. by   Kyriaka
    I am working on my BSN. There is one LPN in my class. And every opportunity the teacher has to slam LPN's he does it. I dont know why. It is very rude.

    In Chemistry there is a very bright CNA. And she gets it from both sides. RN's have been terribly ugly to her and other CNA's put her down for trying to get her BSN.
  4. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I am working on my BSN. There is one LPN in my class. And every opportunity the teacher has to slam LPN's he does it. I dont know why. It is very rude.
    He's trying to compesate for a tiny bodily organ (his mind).
  5. by   NightNurseKathy
    Denise, do NOT be discouraged, you ARE A NURSE.... a nurse takes care of people. I was an LPN 21 years, and NEVER felt LOWLY and treated like I was not as good, that I remember....

    I HAVE seen RN's pull that in the place I work now, and I wrote my boss about it. RN's have to give the IV med pushes and take care of PICC lines etc. FOR LPN's. My attitude is , that the LPN's pts. meds are MINE. When they need something they NEED IT NOW. But some RN's don't like working with LPN's because of that... well too bad!!!

    Maybe it is the fact I was an LPN for so long that I fee totally different I don't know.... and let me tell you one other thing, I am JUST AN RN! ha...

    I am STILL a peon ... you will always be BELOW someone, so try to make the BEST of where you are, and care for you patients with ALL you are!!!
    Kathy
  6. by   Acadian
    Hi everyone

    I have been an LPN for the past 37 years. I have another 2 years and 7 months to work. I have had this "just an LPN" thrown at me all my life. I am from NB, Canada and for the longest time we were called RNA. We fought to have that changed to LPN.
    I told a patient one day that I enjoyed my work because I am in direct contact with her. She was pleased and told me that she was glad. RN's are busy with the paper work, giving out the medications and the abuse of Doctors (which I am glad I don't have to put-up with). :chuckle
    LPN's are as, if not more, important than RN's. We are the ones that see first hand what happens to the patients. We comfort them when they need to be comforted, we cry with them if the need arises, we laugh with them and tell them jokes.
    I work in the Rehabilitation Department of the hospital. We have mostly seniors but sometimes we have patients that are younger than me. I love to tease and they all enjoy that.
    If I was an RN I would not be able to do this as I would be busy with other things.
    So young LPN's do not dispair or get discouraged. As one of my co-worker says it "Licensed Practically Nurses" and PROUD OF IT.
  7. by   Sierralee
    Quote from HannasMom
    I am "just a LPN" and proud of it!!!!! I planned to go back to college to become an RN, then discovered that ALL my science classes are past the 7 year mark, sooo to be accepted into the LPN to RN program I will have to do all the A& P's over, besides Micorbiology, plus Nutrition, plus Pathophysiology, plus I would need another psych class...ugh!

    Just the idea of doing all my science classes over exhausts me, so I have decided that I will remain "just a LPN" and be the best LPN I can be. Besides now on my nights off I can paint my seascapes and landscapes and animal protraits and really enjoy my nights off. What I really love is the fact that I no longer have the need to fight with myself about this decision. I have made my choice and am content with it. From now on I can enjoy my life as a 53 year old Wife/Mom/Artist/LPN.

    So if someone says you are just a LPN, I'll say "YUP at least I'm doing what I love, how about you?!"
    You go girl!! Me too. Wife/Mom/Artist/and now LPN and I don't care what people think. Nursing school was hard no matter what degree. I have gone from nurses aide, to MA, now LPN. Quote from my husband, " If it were easy, there would be no nurses shortage!." Keep that in mine. Sierralee
  8. by   awilliams9570
    Quote from busylynn
    Yes, I know exactly how you feel. People treat you as if your not a REAL NURSE if your not an RN. I have been an LPN for almost 15 years and I work in a hospital. There are only a few things that RN's do that I am not permitted to do. Unfortunately it is only going to get worse as places are beginning to phase out LPNs. I decided to go back to school and I will graduate in April. Good Luck. Don't let people get you down. You are a real nurse!
    I have been a LPN for several years and i work proudly at a nursing home. I had a doctor to come in to check on a patient. He asked what nurses were working and I told him, the RN supervisor and myself was on that wing. He said well lets go,... I asked would you like the RN? he stated no,....I proudly said ok lets go and later asked why. He stated that he would much rather have a LPN because we are what RNs should be. He said they can do my paperwork. I laughed and went on. I am proud of being a lpn. Hold your head high and dont let anyone discourage you. Sing it loud and sing it proud!!!
  9. by   BestXNurse
    Quote from DeniseLPN
    Hello nurses!

    I have been discouraged lately...I feel like I am constantly fighting off the stigma of being "just an LPN." When people ask what I do, I always say I am a nurse....they then want to know if that means "RN" and of course what hospital do I work at???!!!!! I work in a clinic and have been an LPN for several years. UGGGHHH!!! Anyone else have this challenge?
    Denise
    I went to nursing school to become a registered nurse. I went to college later to get my BSN. During my initial education I worked as a nurses aid (where I really learned to care for patients) in a nursing home. Half way through my initial schooling I was able to take the LPN boards. Then I became a charge nurse on the weekends on a ward of 40 patients. When I finished my RN I went to work in the hospital.I came out way ahead of my classmates in terms of organizational and patient care skills because of what I learned as an aide and LPN. Guess who taught me what I needed to know? The aide and LPN's. I've extensively worked with CNA's and LPN's throughout my career.They enhance patient care. My job is so much easier with these folks. I started in team nursing and when the aides and LPN's were removed with the advent of primary care, I knew a valuable part of the team was gone. It was a travasty.
    When I get to work with aides and LPN's now I'm thrilled. I'll always respect the LPN and aide.
    Pam RN,BSN, CPAN
    Last edit by BestXNurse on Feb 6, '05
  10. by   lastkiss32
    I say, as long as you are proud of yourself, the only other thing to care about is how your patients and family feel about you. Patients are the ones who count and if you are proud of yourself and the caring work you do they will know it and feel it where it counts most, in thier hearts.
    They may not remember your name but they will remember the loving way you take care of them.

    Most of us got into nursing because we care about people and want to help ease thier pain- and sometimes just a smile and a tender loving attitude can make a person feel better(better than any medicine alot of times)

    I am an LPN and my patients know I care and that is what matters to me not what someone else says about my title. I have respect for my CNA's as they do me.(I think-lol)

    Remeber the Golden Rule- Do unto others as you would have others do unto you- no matter how bad it gets- gets you through a lot of tough spots -specially with families and always have a smile and take pride in all you do.

    And remember, if you weren't there providing your tender loving care- there may be no one there that cares at all.
  11. by   sblanchet
    Quote from DeniseLPN
    Hello nurses!

    I have been discouraged lately...I feel like I am constantly fighting off the stigma of being "just an LPN." When people ask what I do, I always say I am a nurse....they then want to know if that means "RN" and of course what hospital do I work at???!!!!! I work in a clinic and have been an LPN for several years. UGGGHHH!!! Anyone else have this challenge?
    Denise
    It is terrible that your skills are not valued by rn's and others. No one in healthcare is "just" anything. Everyone's job is important. Everyone brings a special set of skills and expertise to the job. I work with a tech who is also a certified phlebotomist. She and I have fun together trying to find a vein on patients who will be difficult sticks when I have to restart their IV's. She is much better than I am at doing this. Techs have taught me much about how to do physical care on patients; tips for how to change patients quickly and get the brief "just right", something I was not very good at for a very long time. I rely on one tech in particular who works full-time while I work part-time. Her observations about patients, particularly if a particular behavior or whatever represents a change from previous nights, is so helpful to me if it is my first night with that patient. I know what you mean, though. I work with loads of nurses who won't do their own vital signs as that is "tech work" or whatever. It isn't right. Everyone should help each other to keep the unit runnning well and so everyone feels supported and valued.
  12. by   illneverbe40
    I get discouraged too but i love being what I am and I am very proud of what I do. I do not want to become an RN, LVN is perfect for me....So blow 'em off and keep on taking care of your own business. You are wonderful as you are, and worked very hard to get where you are today.....Kelley


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    I have been discouraged lately...I feel like I am constantly fighting off the stigma of being "just an LPN." When people ask what I do, I always say I am a nurse....they then want to know if that means "RN" and of course what hospital do I work at???!!!!! I work in a clinic and have been an LPN for several years. UGGGHHH!!! Anyone else have this challenge?
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  13. by   waynesbororn
    Quote from DeniseLPN
    Hello nurses!

    I have been discouraged lately...I feel like I am constantly fighting off the stigma of being "just an LPN." When people ask what I do, I always say I am a nurse....they then want to know if that means "RN" and of course what hospital do I work at???!!!!! I work in a clinic and have been an LPN for several years. UGGGHHH!!! Anyone else have this challenge?
    Denise

    Dear Denise,
    I used to be just a LPN. I went back for my RN and am very sorry that I did. Many, many of the LPN's or CNA's that I know are very competent and some more so than RN's. I would rather have them take care of meif I were sick than some of the RN's. I know how you feel and it would make me angry. I started out as a NA and am proud of that, please be proud of what you do and who you are. It is how you feel about yourself that matters.

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