I am an LPN working in a family medical clinic. I love being a nurse and working in family medicine but recently I am becoming more and more discouraged because of the comments I receive because I do not work in hopsital or acute care. I am always told " Your job does not make you a real nurse or a " medical office assistant could do my job". I still d nursing skills and majority of my job is critical thinking. Anyone could measure vital signs or do weight/height or do health history but as a nurse I have the medical background to understand what a patient is sick with based on their symptoms. I am just frustrated with being told I am not a real nurse. Does anyone else that works in a clinic feel this way? I try to push it away as much as I can but it is starting to get to me. I feel like maybe I made a mistake by going into community nursing or clinic nursing and I should have gone to the hospital or acute care instead.
( I didn't go into the hospital or acute because I did not like it during nursing school
and I knew I wanted to go into ltc or clinic nursing)