Just let me be... - page 3

by WldChrry 13,688 Views | 86 Comments

This is not a rant. This is not meant to cause any trouble. It was just on my heart and I thought I would share. Please feel free to add a line of your own :) Canít you just let me be happy to be a LPN? Is that too much to... Read More


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    It always amazes me how these threads turn from venting about being belittled by those with more education into posts belittling the role of education in nursing, complete with personal stories about how someone with less education bailed out someone with more education.
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    Why don't we "just go get our RN and stop complaining"? Lack of ambition? Laziness? Take a moment and really look at why some of us don't. I have applied to 3 different bridge programs. These programs only take 20 or so students a year out of 200 or so applicants with special consideration given to former students of that school and residents of the county the school is in. Saying it is competitive is an understatement. How about the fact that some of us have families and don't have the time in our schedules to attend classes? How about lack of money because we are low man on the totem pole? Please remember, it is not that easy for everyone to "just go get our RN". We are looked down on, it is a fact. It is degrading and the more people encounter it the more it hurts.
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    Sounds like you have a complex about being an LPN
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    So you think an LPN has the exact same job as an RN?
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    I say if you are happy being an LPN, then be an LPN and stop worrying about what other people think of you. If you are unhappy being an LPN(which it sounds like you are) then go back to school and get your RN. Till then, quit ya whining.
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    Quote from Welsley1969
    Why don't we "just go get our RN and stop complaining"? Lack of ambition? Laziness? Take a moment and really look at why some of us don't. I have applied to 3 different bridge programs. These programs only take 20 or so students a year out of 200 or so applicants with special consideration given to former students of that school and residents of the county the school is in. Saying it is competitive is an understatement. How about the fact that some of us have families and don't have the time in our schedules to attend classes? How about lack of money because we are low man on the totem pole? Please remember, it is not that easy for everyone to "just go get our RN". We are looked down on, it is a fact. It is degrading and the more people encounter it the more it hurts.
    It sounds like you look down upon yourself. " Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent" . If you are content with being an LPN, then why do you care what other people think?
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    PS Why does there have to be a ******* contest? The LPN has their role and the RN has their role. These posts always turn into an RN bashing session. Don't hate.
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    Well, as I am fond of saying, anecdote is not the singular of data. I'll see your tales of mahvelous crusty old LPNs bailing the resident or the new RN out one dark and stormy night, and raise you a dozen truly horrifying anecdotes about situations that were mis-read and mishandled by LPNs whose ignorance of physiology, assessment, and intervention was truly breathtaking.

    What I learned of LPNs in my first year out of school from the ones I worked with was that they were completely task-oriented, felt empowered to be mean to patients whose demographics or diagnoses were distasteful to them, they were absolutely uninterested in learning anything new, and were unwilling to take any responsibility for their screw-ups because they weren't in charge and the RN was supposed to take care of problems. Fortunately for my professional development, after that first year I worked for 7 years in an all-RN environment, and the care was exemplary.

    Some years later I had occasion to teach in an LPN-to-ADN program when my ADN program put one together with a large hospital that was phasing out LPNs. The hospital put a boatload of bucks into paying for sixteen LPNs to take this program at no cost to themselves, and was going to give them their years of seniority in their new RN positions to boot. We worked very hard to make this program a success; it was taught at a lower level than the generic students' program, and we offered extra time for tests, free tutoring, extra office hours, review sections... the hospital gave them extra days off for school and all... And what happened?

    You never heard such ***** and moaning about how mean this was, how they didn't want to be RNs, they didn't want the responsibility, this was too much learning, if they wanted to be RNs they'd have done it in the first place, they hate this. So much for opportunity. Of the sixteen, only four or five made it halfway through, and I think only 2 passed NCLEX RN. The others lost their jobs because they were either too stupid to learn or couldn't be bothered to learn what they needed to keep them.

    Generalities? Sure. But no less so than these other rainbows-and-unicorns "we're all on the same team so we're all of the same value." Horsepucky. If that's not you I'm glad to hear it, and I am aware that this is the LPN/LVN forum I'm posting on. But let's not be self-delusional, either.
    Last edit by Esme12 on Feb 23, '13
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    Oh boy...thanks for everyone's input, but this thread has turned into exactly what I didn't want it to be. I am nowhere near the wounded, sad little puppy that some of you seem to have suggested, so please don't feel sorry for me I am very accomplished in my life, and nowhere near lazy. I have two degrees on top of my nursing diploma...if that makes me lazy then so be it. I wasn't trying to offend anyone or degrade any nurse (RN or LPN), I was simply saying that some people are happy being LPNs...not because they are lazy, or lack ambition. Being happy in your career shouldn't elicit remarks such as "why don't you just get your RN?"
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    wow just wow What bitterness.
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