Considering just taking boards and be a LPN...does that make me a failure? - page 2

I graduated from Chicago public schools practical nursing program in june 2012. I've been studying to take boards for my LPN but I'm also looking for a job as a CNA so that I'll be able to pay for it w/o depending on my mom. I... Read More

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    I was asked this question just the other day. I have several reasons I haven't done my RN yet. Money which includes my student loans and the fact that I have to work and most RN programs around here mske it difficult to do both.
    For me it was also the matter of having a bachelor's in management that I don't use and I wanted to make sure I liked nursing before I spent more money and time to realize it wasn't for me. I even spent a year working my previous job and a nursing job on weekends before I quit to do nursing full time.
    I also really have learned a lot about what kind of nurse I want to be as far as specialties and whether I want to stop at my RN or go on and get my NP. Taking these two years has given me a lot of insight into a lot of knowledge about me and where I want to be as a nurse. I wish I'd have had this when I was 19 and not waited until I was 39 but better late than never!
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    Quote from moonchild86
    It is your life. I don't see being an LPN a failure in any sense of the word. IMO, it's a HUGE accomplishment. You're 19 years old and already have trade that will allow you to make your own way in the world. No, you wont make as much money as an RN, but money isn't everything. An LPN is still a nurse and deserving of the respect the title of 'nurse' offers.

    I think that maybe you're burnt out on school. You're 19 and just passed a pretty rigorous program. If you're ready to go to work and get going in life, DO IT! The beauty of this is that you can go back to school for your RN ANYTIME between now and when your 70! Seriously. Take a break. Go to work. Go back to school if or when you're ready.
    This is true. I do feel really burnt out with school.
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    Quote from FaithGurl93
    This is true. I do feel really burnt out with school.
    Then get your license and go to work and live life for a little while. You're young, you don't have a lot of bills or responsibilities. Start building your future, save a little bit of money and re-evaluate in a year or two, or three, or ten. The world is at your feet- go experience it!
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    Quote from moonchild86
    Then get your license and go to work and live life for a little while. You're young, you don't have a lot of bills or responsibilities. Start building your future, save a little bit of money and re-evaluate in a year or two, or three, or ten. The world is at your feet- go experience it!
    Thank you so much for this everybody that I talk to about it always says "RN make more money, they can specialize" but if making more money was the objective everybody would be trying to be a doctor or president lol.
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    Quote from TracyE78
    We are hardly losers and you shouldn't be made to feel that way, especially by your own family. Your mom is a CNA so you've already surpassed her if she's looking to compete about it.
    This is true, but I don't know if it's about competing. My mom was disappointed when I got pregnant in college because she thought I wouldn't finish....even though she got pregnant when she was 16 and the highest education she ever attained was a GED. Still, now that I have 2 bachelor's degrees and may even go on, she's still not very impressed! I don't think she'd express any approval if I were the president of the USA though, but that's another story.

    I think most people just always want "better" for their children, and in the meantime, they put high expectations on them without even realizing the side effects. It's like what their children achieve or don't achieve is a reflection on them. Then, some people (like my mom) are just crazy!
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    It's not so much my mom competing with me but putting me in a competition with my other cousins because they're going on for a RN.
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    Quote from scrubwearer

    {...Money which includes my student loans and the fact that I have to work and most RN programs around here mske it difficult to do both.

    ... I wanted to make sure I liked nursing before I spent more money and time to realize it wasn't for me. I even spent a year working my previous job and a nursing job on weekends before I quit to do nursing full time. I also really have learned a lot about what kind of nurse I want to be as far as specialties and whether I want to stop at my RN or go on and get my NP. Taking these two years has given me a lot of insight into a lot of knowledge about me and where I want to be as a nurse...!}

    ** Anyone considering studying for sitting the LPN boards or simply staying an LPN, there is nothing wrong with your thinking. LPN is a noble profession, and one that the industry would play hell doing without. They have tried several times to phase LPNís out and failed miserably, as the RNís were left with so much of the hands-on nursing task, they were unable to keep up with their other duties and the hospitals were reluctant to spend the monies to hire additional RNís to ease the burden. I truly believe with the changes coming to health care that LPNís will be in demand as much as they ever were, if not more.

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    crubwearer also made some excellent points in her post about wanting to insure she actually liked being a nurse before she committed a lot of time and money to it, and that makes perfect sense. If you were going to make a large investment such as a house or even an automobile, you would check it out first; make certain it didnít have any flaws or at least flaws you canít deal with. Next, if you can work part time it gives you a chance to see if you actually like what you are doing. It would really suck, if you gave up a nice job to go into nursing only to find out you genuinely hated it, but that now youíre stuck with it. Working as an Nurse part time, on weekends gives you the opportunity to get your feet wet and actually see if nursing is for you or not, you may get in there and hate every minute of it, working part time, you can quit and go back to your real job. Where-as, if you had already taken a full-time job and given up everything else youíd be stuck until you could find another job. Her third point was excellent, working as an LPN for a while, gives you the opportunity to learn about yourself. You may find that working as an LPN, you enjoy the closeness of the one on one contact that comes from your hands-on role as an LPN. You may find after a couple of years in various specialty units that you either enjoy your current role or you may want to use it as a stepping-stone to advance your career. Your role as an LPN can only enhance your capabilities as an RN. If you choose to move on to RN school, having been an LPN will aide in your studies tremendously, and make clinicals oh so much easier. Being an LPN is never a waste of time, and anyone who tells you differently is simply jealous of your skills and bedside manner, which they obviously lack, or they wouldnít have told you that in the first place.
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    Quote from TheCommuter
    It's ultimately your life and nobody else's.
    ditto. We each mature as we live our own lives and not someone else's.

    I regret far less, making my own mistakes, but dearly regret the mistakes I allow other's to make for me!!
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    I have just decided to go back to school to become an LPN, and already have been told that I will want to go on to become an RN soon. I really don't know if I will or not. I think that being an LPN is a very respectable job. It just depends on the individual. I personally can live just fine on twenty dollars per hour, so the extra money is not a big deal to me. LPN doesn't always have to be a stepping stone. You still make a difference, and that's what it's all about.
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    Thank you all! :-)


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