Quote from FaithGurl93
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 also attend North Park university. I sort of feel like I should just stick with the lpn and work to save up for it, but then part of me is worried about what everybody else will say if I just drop out of college. All of my teachers and counselors at my school, employees at my mom's job (she's a CNA) were expecting me to go on for my RN, I even at one point expressed an interest in premedicine. I just don't want to look like a failure or a quitter but I don't believe that I want the responsibility of a RN . Most of the students that graduated from the program are going on to get a RN and even become Nurse Practioners (did i spell that right lol), even my cousin is going to get her RN. Is it wrong for me to be focused on other peoples' opinion of what I should do and comparing what I want to do with someone else's expectations and dreams?
There is an old saying, "Someone else's is opinion of you, is none of your business
." There is also an old truth. Those seasoned RN's who were at one time, CNA's and LPN's often make the best Nurses. They are able to take their experience from "growing up
" in medicine, and incorporate it into their daily practice. The same holds true for LPN's who were once CNA's. They can identify with their team members and put it to work. Nothing you do as far as education in the Health Care industry is wasted, unless you simply just walk away. I also posted on another blog that one thing you never want to do in Nursing is burn bridges, because you never ever know just who might turn out to be your Supervisor. It's that way in Nursing, the person who may have been a CNA one day, can always go back to school and get a Masters and come back or go somewhere and you turn up to apply for a job. They may have been the worlds worst CNA, but as an RN, they're incredible Nurses. Then again, I've known some Master's prepared RN's that couldn't empty a bedpan with the instructions printed on the bottom side of it. You simply never know. You need to do what feels right for you. You can't do this to make anyone else happy. That will never work, because in the end, all you'll do is make yourself miserable and take horrible care of your patients. Go sell cars or be a data entry clerk. You can be just as miserable there and no one else is affected that way. I personally think you will make an outstanding LPN, How do I know? Because you cared enough to ask the questions. If you didn't you would simply have just stumbled forward and not worried about it. Go do good on your State Boards FaithGurl, Nursing needs you, and Good Luck.