Quote from NurseofChrist
Hello! I'm new to the forum. I'm praying to begin the LPN program in August; my advisor says I should have a pretty good chance. I currently work at a hospital, and I see that the LPNs are treated like crap. I felt so good about going for LPN and later continuing to become an RN, but now I feel so discouraged. What do you love about practical nursing?
I enjoy the hands on experience of patient care, reading updates on medications and treatments, and patient teaching without dealing with the monotomous paperwork and additional responsibilities of the RNs. I like reading the charts and being able to comprehend what is going on, as well as (again) being able to explain it to someone else. I like the fact that I have, in fact, gained the respect from the medical team, meaning RNs, other LPNs, CNAs and physicians.
I love NOT being an RN. I like working with good ones and respect their profession, but it really doesn't fit into my personal philosophy of nursing because of too much politics, relentless, stupid paperwork that takes time away from the patients and being responsible for people (LPNs, CNA, Patient Techs...) that may make an error and somehow, I have to deal with it. I've tried to picture myself as an RN, and I just can't do it...I would not be happier with anything about it, but the money
. I am just interested in getting MY assignment and doing it to the best of my ability. Not worry if the entire floor did what I said to do...or else. I know that LPNs in LTC take on charge positions, and have to deal with these issues. Personally, the day they hand me the charge position would be the last day I'd work at any place. Not worth the headache to me.
Yes, there is a pecking order in nursing, that is for sure. But, when I looked closely, I saw that in many cases (not all, though), those RNs are being picked on and treated like crap as well. And, it becomes like a domino effect, being passed on. Whatever you choose to do, become a valuable team member. Believe it or not, I have not received that treatment very often, and the few times I did, I addressed it quickly. Most have apologized to me for being so thoughtless and rude, especially when they see that I came to work and contribute. I also don't really care if they do try and disinclude me on things; it means that I don't get their headaches, make their decisions or have their stress.