All you wonderful LPN's

  1. I'm a new RN, but I venture into the LPN section sometimes because I was an LPN for so long and still identify with it. I loved being an LPN. It was the best foundation for my current role than I could ever have imagined.

    I was an awesome LPN!! I was confident in my skills, knew my scope, and handled my business. I know one day I'll get to that place as an RN, but I just wanted to check in here (if you don't mind) and say how much I love my fellow LPN's. I get a bit overwhelmed with my new job and responsibilities at times, and I'll never forget how I got my start.

    I wish hospitals still used LPN's, it would really be a win/win situation and I might've stayed an LPN for life. LPN's rock. They're resourceful and know how to get the job done. I'm so proud of the contribution LPN's make to the profession.

    Keep up the great work!!
    Last edit by proud nurse on Aug 22, '12
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    About proud nurse, BSN, RN

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    Med/Surg RN; from US
    Specialty: 15 year(s) of experience in Medical Oncology, Alzheimer/dementia


  3. by   Aongroup1990
    Yes, maam praise god because you are so telling the truth. My aunt works as an lpn for all of her life and she actually works in the hospital. She works hard taking care of patients, very sick patients. But she does get the job done. She does inspire me. I do only have one life as well. I will be pursuing my lpn certificate.
  4. by   cclash
    Thank you for your support. It is really interesting being an LPN. I just retired from a small general hospital after 35 years of service. Young RNs were always surprised when one of the RNs would say that they never would have made it through their early years without my help, or many of the things that I taught the, foleys, ngs tubes, how to support patients and family. I worked med surg for many years, did about 3 years in maternity then 15 years in the ER. A year before I retired, I had what I described as the best job in America. I worked in fast track. It was staffed with an LPN and a PA. We were a great team and buildt the reputation in the community as the place to go for care. A year before I retired Kathy, the other LPN and I were called into a meeting and laid off. There was no warning it was coming, just the explanation that they wanted to expand the scope of the unit and wanted RN coverage. They hired two RNs from withing, one was a loss to the ER, the other thought it would be an easy job. (LOL was she surprised) Because we had a union (thank God) we had a bump, allowing us to take other jobs. I took the unit secratay in the ER, Kathy became a phlebomy tech. We were paided LPN pay (80% of the RN salary) for a year. I was probably the highest paid unit secretaly in the country $39 and change and hour. I resigned effective 2 days before the money would change. The difference would have been over $20,000 a year. My last official duty as union chair was to sign off on a job description for Kathy, a newly created position in ACU. There is a place in nursing for LPNs. Many RNs just don't see it. Good luck in your new position, soon you will have the same confidence you had as an LPN. Look at the skills you've brought to your new position.
  5. by   Wild Irish LPN
    Thanks for the very nice and kind words!....I am refining my nursing skills and hope to be a great LPN in the near future, then who knows what will happen....maybe I will be writing a very similiar post in a few years....
  6. by   ncat
    i was an lpn for a few years before i went for an rn. i went 18 months and to date-with a masters' and a bsn-the best program,teaching staff and hands on experience i ever had. the director of the program taught us on the first day that no matter what-nursing is an art in our fellow humans' heart-all people have salty tears, all people belong to someone and everyone experiences pain,
    is fearful and alone in that bed...always remember that and i always have.
    in management i was always thankful and happy to have my core of lpn's-my backbone thanks to all lpns
    Last edit by ncat on Aug 22, '12 : Reason: added sentence
  7. by   Mocha419
    I will be taking my NCLEX-PN in October and I am happy I chose to start off as an LPN. I have an Aunt who spent 40 years as an LPN and she has trained many successful RNs as well. When the powers that be decided to re-assign LPNs she decided it was time for her to retire. Her testimony was an inspiration to me to travel this path onto LPN. I will begin my RN training April 2013 on a part-time basis while I perfect my foundation as an LPN. KUDOS to LPNS!!!
  8. by   Isitpossible
    LPNS ROCK!! ... Im a new RN, and the LPNs are so knowledgeable and very helpful to me w/out putting me down...they are very encouraging...(sometimes more than the RN)..
  9. by   itsmejuli
    Great post!

    Fortunately, here in the land of universal healthcare (Canada), Alberta specifically, there are plenty of job opportunities for LPNs.
  10. by   mindlor
    I am a new RN. Most of my coworkers are very very experienced LPNs.

    These nurses rock. Plain and simple. They teach me, help me and support me whenever and however they can.

    I am a tough guy ya know but when I think about these team mates and what they mean to me I get a little teary eyed.

    I thank goodness everyday for them.
  11. by   mindlor
    Everyday and every shift I work I wish I had begun as a CNA, then LPN, then RN.

    No way should a person with no healthcare experience go straight to RN. I wish I had it to do over again.
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  13. by   OnlybyHisgraceRN
    Thank you for this post. I was a LPN before RN and I also appreciate LPNS for everything we/they do.
  14. by   student forever
    Quote from mindlor
    Everyday and every shift I work I wish I had begun as a CNA, then LPN, then RN.

    No way should a person with no healthcare experience go straight to RN. I wish I had it to do over again.
    My sentiments exactly. I found being a cna for a year has really helped me comprehend a lot of things that will give me confidence as I proceed to lpn. I already have an associate's degree plus some pre-reqs to the rn program; maybe bsn will be my next step, maybe not... I like "one step at a time" and each one of us has our own pace that makes us happy.
    Last edit by student forever on Dec 5, '12 : Reason: sp