Apologizing for being "just an LPN" - page 5

I havn't even started LPN school yet (will this September though!!!!) :monkeydance: and I'm finding that I'm already "apologizing" if you will for becoming "just an LPN"!! I need to stop this! ... Read More

  1. by   supernurse65
    Don't ever, ever apologize for being an LPN. I was an LPN for 9 years. I learned more in those 9 years than i could have ever learned in ANY school. I worked in a skilled facility with g-tubes, trachs, IVs, you name it we had it.

    I decided to go to RN school simply because I was tired of training and teaching the RNs supervisors hired to be my bosses about skilled care!!!!
    NO KIDDING!!
    BE PROUD OF THE JOB YOU DO NOT THE LETTERS BEHIND YOUR NAME.
    GOOD LUCK.
  2. by   jaacosmom
    Oh, I hear you girl. I went for my LPN for the same reason. I had been an aide for 6 years and did not want to be an aide for the rest of my life. I had a husband and two kids (three now, I got pregnant towards the end and had #3 the day before graduation). I get "have you considered becoming an RN" alot. I don't really understand why there seems to be this drive away from LPNs. Supposedly there is a nursing shortage. So why aren't hospitals and other nursing facilities utilizing the LPNs. I know we as LPNs would be able to take some of the work load off of the RNs. Still when asked what I'm most proud of in my life it will always be my kids.
  3. by   gram8
    [quote=Ogopogo;2133963]I havn't even started LPN school yet (will this September though!!!!) and I'm finding that I'm already "apologizing" if you will for becoming "just an LPN"!!

    I need to stop this! I'm CHOOSING to become an LPN, not an RN. If I had unlimited time, money and a great tutor to take the harder pre reqs, I would become an RN. But I'm 30, two kids, a mortgage, etc. I can't afford to take 4 years of school right now!

    Plus, I want to see how much I love nursing before dedicating 4 years of time and money to a nursing degree.

    I was getting a TB skin test required by my school and it was a nurse doing the test. I told her why I was having the test and then said "oh, but I'd like to be an RN one day". I shouldn't have even said that. I shouldn't be explaining to anyone or apologizing for becoming "just an LPN".

    LPN's are in HUGE demand in my area and I know I will find a good job and be a GREAT LPN when I'm done, so I really need to be proud of that and stop making excuses to others as to why I'm not becoming an RN right now.[/quoNEVER APOLOGIZE TO ANYONE FOR CHOOSING TO BECOME A LPN. YOU ARE A NEEDED PART OF THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM . ENJOY WHAT YOU HAVE CHOOSEN TO BE AND BE THE BEST AT IT..GOOD LUCK TO YOU. I HAVE BEEN A LPN FOR 5 YEAR AND I APOLOGIZE TO NO ONE FOR CHOOSING TO BE COME A LPN..YOU ARE STIIL A NURSE
  4. by   pagandeva2000
    [QUOTE=gram8;2194310]
    Quote from Ogopogo
    I havn't even started LPN school yet (will this September though!!!!) and I'm finding that I'm already "apologizing" if you will for becoming "just an LPN"!!

    I need to stop this! I'm CHOOSING to become an LPN, not an RN. If I had unlimited time, money and a great tutor to take the harder pre reqs, I would become an RN. But I'm 30, two kids, a mortgage, etc. I can't afford to take 4 years of school right now!

    Plus, I want to see how much I love nursing before dedicating 4 years of time and money to a nursing degree.

    I was getting a TB skin test required by my school and it was a nurse doing the test. I told her why I was having the test and then said "oh, but I'd like to be an RN one day". I shouldn't have even said that. I shouldn't be explaining to anyone or apologizing for becoming "just an LPN".

    LPN's are in HUGE demand in my area and I know I will find a good job and be a GREAT LPN when I'm done, so I really need to be proud of that and stop making excuses to others as to why I'm not becoming an RN right now.[/quoNEVER APOLOGIZE TO ANYONE FOR CHOOSING TO BECOME A LPN. YOU ARE A NEEDED PART OF THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM . ENJOY WHAT YOU HAVE CHOOSEN TO BE AND BE THE BEST AT IT..GOOD LUCK TO YOU. I HAVE BEEN A LPN FOR 5 YEAR AND I APOLOGIZE TO NO ONE FOR CHOOSING TO BE COME A LPN..YOU ARE STIIL A NURSE

    Yeah!! All of that.... (great way to look at things...way to go!!)
  5. by   General E. Speaking, RN
    I have been an LVN for 17+ years and never apologize. However, if I had a dollar for every time I was asked, "When are you going to pursue your RN?" Or worse "You are such a good nurse- why don't you go for your RN?" I would be rich!

    I am going to transition to RN for the money and opportunity. It is a personal choice. We have a few LVNs on my floor at my acute care facility, but there is no room for advancement so back to school I go!
  6. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from kriso
    I have been an LVN for 17+ years and never apologize. However, if I had a dollar for every time I was asked, "When are you going to pursue your RN?" Or worse "You are such a good nurse- why don't you go for your RN?" I would be rich!

    I am going to transition to RN for the money and opportunity. It is a personal choice. We have a few LVNs on my floor at my acute care facility, but there is no room for advancement so back to school I go!
    I agree...the amount of times I had been asked that question since June should have already made me a thousandaire, if not over the top. Best wishes for your future school experience and represent us well:spin:
  7. by   BigB
    Quote from kriso
    I have been an LVN for 17+ years and never apologize. However, if I had a dollar for every time I was asked, "When are you going to pursue your RN?" Or worse "You are such a good nurse- why don't you go for your RN?" I would be rich!

    I am going to transition to RN for the money and opportunity. It is a personal choice. We have a few LVNs on my floor at my acute care facility, but there is no room for advancement so back to school I go!
    If only it were that easy as "just going back to school." I simple cannot do that with a family and morgage etc. I can't stop working and tell my bill collectors to "just wait" while I finsih my RN. Since eclesoir is not recognized by the CA RN board, that option is out. MY only option is a full time RN program..... which most of us LVN's can't afford to do.
  8. by   jill48
    [font=book antiqua]well i refuse to apologize for anything unless i have done something wrong . it's funny that i usually hear "why don't you have your rn?" from rn's that i am training. well let's see...... you come here new and i train you, so apparently i'm pretty good at what i do:lol_hitti . oh, and there are only two things i can't do, but don't worry, because when it's time for an iv push i will get the order and pull up the med and you can take it from my hand and push it, then you can go . and when my patient needs a blood transfusion, i will get the order for the h&h, i will call the abnormal values to the doc, i will get the order for the type and crossmatch and then the fresh frozen plasma or packed cells, then i will order the blood from the blood bank, then i get permission from the patient or the family, then i will go get the blood, then i will go start an iv on the patient and get some ns running. then you can stand there and compare names and patient information with me. once i get the blood hung on the pole, i'll come get you so you can spike it, then you can go . then i will get all the vitals and sit there all night and watch for adverse effects. i am not in the "business" of nursing to make money ....would be nice, but not my plan. i just want to take care of people :angel2: and i seem to be doing a damn good job of it even if i am only a "little play nurse" , "less payed nurse" , or "lets pretend nurse" :lol_hitti :angryfire . the funny thing is though, all rn's say they respect us, but on any given day you can find threads where the title specifically refers to rn's, but in most cases it's actually a question that pertains to all nurses:mortarboard: , (for example, threads that ask "did anyone else go to rn school while they were pregnant?" :stone or "did you change your name on your rn license after you got married?":stone ). hmmm.... i'd like to comment on that thread but apparently it's only for rn's. but it's okay because when i ask about it, i will always get a reply that says, "oh, sorry, no offense intended." well sorry, but it was offensive. :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire
  9. by   General E. Speaking, RN
    Quote from BigB
    If only it were that easy as "just going back to school." I simple cannot do that with a family and morgage etc. I can't stop working and tell my bill collectors to "just wait" while I finsih my RN. Since eclesoir is not recognized by the CA RN board, that option is out. MY only option is a full time RN program..... which most of us LVN's can't afford to do.
    I didn't mean to imply to that I think it is easy for adults to go back to school. Going back to school has been a huge sacrifice and being a "non-traditional student" has been a challenge. My daughter was 10 when I began taking classes- she's 14 now. I have been taking pre-reqs since 2003. I opted for in class learning instead of distance learning (although some of my classes were online). It has been difficult taking classes, working full time, managing a teenager, paying for a mortgage and car repairs while trying not to neglect my spouse. I begin actual nursing classes May 21. Part of my transition program in the summer is supposed to be 5 days per week. After the summer, the class/clinicals should be no more than 4 days per week. I plan to change to the night shift and work every Thur-Sat night. I work the weekend program at the hospital so I need at least three 12 hr shift to maintain my full time status. Honestly, I'm not sure how we are going to make it. I don't know if I can work full time, go to school full time, keep a decent GPA and keep the electricity on and gas in my car. My parents are getting older and my Dad is chronically ill. My Dh has been having chest pains and is in the process of having a cardiac work-up. We don't qualify for any grant money so I have gotten student loans in the past. However, I found out I wouldn't get any student loan money up front so now need to cough up >$1,000 for out of district tuition. I just know that I have to do it. I just keep praying that God will continue to guide me. I just keep putting one foot in front of the other.

    I am not saying going back to school is for everyone. LVNs are terrific nurses and have much to offer. If you have no desire to go back to school, I say "great!" You will have a rewarding experience in the nursing field no matter what your title is.

    Going back is a personal option that I chose to do.
  10. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from jill48
    [font=book antiqua]well i refuse to apologize for anything unless i have done something wrong . it's funny that i usually hear "why don't you have your rn?" from rn's that i am training. well let's see...... you come here new and i train you, so apparently i'm pretty good at what i do:lol_hitti . oh, and there are only two things i can't do, but don't worry, because when it's time for an iv push i will get the order and pull up the med and you can take it from my hand and push it, then you can go . and when my patient needs a blood transfusion, i will get the order for the h&h, i will call the abnormal values to the doc, i will get the order for the type and crossmatch and then the fresh frozen plasma or packed cells, then i will order the blood from the blood bank, then i get permission from the patient or the family, then i will go get the blood, then i will go start an iv on the patient and get some ns running. then you can stand there and compare names and patient information with me. once i get the blood hung on the pole, i'll come get you so you can spike it, then you can go . then i will get all the vitals and sit there all night and watch for adverse effects. i am not in the "business" of nursing to make money ....would be nice, but not my plan. i just want to take care of people :angel2: and i seem to be doing a damn good job of it even if i am only a "little play nurse" , "less payed nurse" , or "lets pretend nurse" :lol_hitti :angryfire . the funny thing is though, all rn's say they respect us, but on any given day you can find threads where the title specifically refers to rn's, but in most cases it's actually a question that pertains to all nurses:mortarboard: , (for example, threads that ask "did anyone else go to rn school while they were pregnant?" :stone or "did you change your name on your rn license after you got married?":stone ). hmmm.... i'd like to comment on that thread but apparently it's only for rn's. but it's okay because when i ask about it, i will always get a reply that says, "oh, sorry, no offense intended." well sorry, but it was offensive. :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire
    yeah, and when the hospital is applying for magnet status, they emphasize what the rn does, but do not mention lpns at all.
  11. by   hlfpnt
    I think everyone should follow their heart & be proud of what they are...who cares what others think! I was a Registered Medical Assistant for 8 years before going to nrsg school & am still proud of that fact. I chose to do what I did for myself...I learned a long time ago to do what's best for my life & situation, not for pleasing others. I don't care if you're a nrs mgr with a masters or a house keeper with a mop, I'm proud to work with all of you because we're all there for one reason...quality pt care!
  12. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from hlfpnt
    I think everyone should follow their heart & be proud of what they are...who cares what others think! I was a Registered Medical Assistant for 8 years before going to nrsg school & am still proud of that fact. I chose to do what I did for myself...I learned a long time ago to do what's best for my life & situation, not for pleasing others. I don't care if you're a nrs mgr with a masters or a house keeper with a mop, I'm proud to work with all of you because we're all there for one reason...quality pt care!
    Interesting that you mention the medical assisting, because I was curious about the registered medical assistant exam. I was a trained medical assistant, but did not sit for the exam, because I was not directed on how to. I believe they have a reason to be proud as well. I don't think anyone should fight against their personal grain to be something they don't want to be. At least make the decision independently of the pressure as some of the posters of this thread have stated...they have evolved out of their title emotionally or financially, and have decided to move on to registered nursing. I support them, too! This is what they want to be, now. Nothing wrong with that. I just don't care for the unsolicited advice. For me, each time I even entertained the thought of becoming an RN, an instant headache appears, because I really don't want to do it. I know that being an LPN may generate a mixed response...not enough money or recognition and such, but I also think that it can be whatever you make it. I am a happy LPN.
  13. by   hlfpnt
    I agree with it being whatever you make it. I found that to be true with all aspects of my life. My tech school promoted the exam is how I came by taking it. I loved my job as a MA & don't regret one minute of it. I just reached a point when I realized I wanted more in depth pt care than what a MA's scope of practice affords. I'm thankful for the experience & believe it has given me greater respect for all my coworkers. I don't think any of us should feel the need to apologize for what we have chosen to be. I was proud to be a MA, I'm proud to be a RN & I'm proud that some of my best friends are LPN's & CNA's as well as housekeepers. I never cared for unsolicited advice myself...which is why I don't give it & say "follow your heart". Only you know what can make you truely happy...whatever it may be, do it for yourself & not to please others. LOL life is way too short to spend it being unhappy! :wink2:

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