So, when are you going to get your RN? - page 2

I am a happy LPN. I got my LPN late in life, because circumstances were all in place for me to do so. I was interested in increasing my clinical skill set. It was a perfect plan. When I was... Read More

  1. Visit  AM326} profile page
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    Well worded :3 Great on you!
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  3. Visit  MrsCuoco} profile page
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    I just graduated today from my university's LPN program and we have two area hospitals that hire many LPNs. I have my heart set on working at our local VA in either med surg or the in-house LTC. I do plan to progress with my education, but if I land in a great job as an LPN and am happy to stay where I am doing what I'm doing then I won't let anyone make me feel like LESS THAN for not being an RN.
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  4. Visit  Barbara H.} profile page
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    In my opinion it all comes back to money. I like being an LPN however when you get older the physical part of it gets harder and you don't want to work tons of shifts in order to make a living. So I went back to school in my 50's and just finished my RN. Now I can work a little less and still make what I need to pay my bills...
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  5. Visit  Niki LPN} profile page
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    i couldn't have said it better!! I am so over people asking that. I think the most important thing is to be happy with your life... if your happy doing what you do now then why change! tomorrow isn't promised. enjoy every moment of your life while you can.
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  6. Visit  pturtle71} profile page
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    Im an LVN in CA & it so refreshing to finally hear what I have been feeling. I have been an LVN for 17 years & am very happy with it. Unfortunately Medicare is changing & requiring RN's. So I am getting my BSN in Healthcare administration an more opportunities for me has opened up even more than I could imagined. GO LVNS!!!!
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  7. Visit  kathconserv} profile page
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    I read this from start to finish and I am so glad that I did. This was a great post. I am an RN and have been working for 7 years as a staff nurse on floors and now in the ICU. I have ZERO interest in becoming a Nurse Practioner, a nurse manager, or an instructor. I have absolutely no interest in "moving up." The degrating nature that staff nurses are treated in appauling. I am not talking about the way the doctors treat the nurses because in my experience, the doctors treat us wonderfully.The person who posted before me on this thread nailed it. Everyone is being pushed to go back to school and it is ridiculous. I love education. Learning is the most rewarding part of life to me. I have an associates degree in nursing and a bachelor degree in Finance. I am being bullied into go back to school for a BSN when I already have a college degree. Nursing administration have lost touch with reality to bedside nursing. I am convinced that the reason why nurses "move up" and become managers or administrators is because they cannot cope with the stress of bedside nursing. I became a nurse to heal the sick and even help a patient die with dignity. I had a Korean patient that did not speak a word of English and neither did his wife. Their son did and he was so kind. The patient was actively dying on a morphine drip and he was only 59. He had metastatic disease. He lived 20 hours on the morphine drip and died the next morning when I was on my way to work at another hospital. The last time I saw them, he was being transfered out of the ICU to the medical floor. The patient was in a deep sleep and the wide and son were crying. The son said to me, "My mom said you are a great lady with such wonderful energy and she will never forget you." She then hugged me and was sobbing in my arms telling me, "Thank you. Thank you. I love you." I could not fight back the tears any longer and cried with her in front of the medical staff. That is why I became a nurse. I am not an ADN, or an MSN in progress or a staff nurse or anything. I am a nurse who cares and loves what I do.

    I respect your knowing your limits and going to school to become an LPN. I think it is wonderful. I think the advertisements for people to get their "RN to BSN in 15 minutes" or "LPN to RN" in 12 months without any clinical setting is a disgrace. What ever happened to going to the hospital and learning nursing hands on?

    I love nursing and Nursing loves me. You must have a mentality of putting patients at your priority or you will fail. Working Christmas, Sundays, easter, and Friday nights is not so bad when you are doing God's work. God bless you all!
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  8. Visit  kathconserv} profile page
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    This is true in certain parts of the country are not hiring two year nurses. As a two year nurse, i recomend that you finish your two year schooling and get your BSN online. Work in a nursing home or a doctor's office while you are in school. It takes one year full time to get a BSN. Good luck.
  9. Visit  kbrn2002} profile page
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    Some of the brightest, most competent and professional nurses I know are LPN's...my mother included! She was an LPN for 25 years and retired an LPN and is still a nurse [once a nurse always a nurse]. I have learned a lot from LPN's and will always have great respect for those who like what they do.
    By the way, I am an ADN with no desire to continue on to BSN, MSN etc. despite the nagging to do so. I don't want to work in management, I have no interest in public health or teaching and since I won't qualify for any financial aid I don't see the point in spending a lot of money for a degree that will make me $.50 an hour more. It would take more hours than I plan to work for the rest of my career just to pay for the letter behind my name.
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  10. Visit  SYNTIA} profile page
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    Quote from brilaneb
    I have been told that hospitals aren't hiring unless you have your BSN. I am about to start an ADN program and already people are encouraging me to enter a BSN program upon completion. Is this true?
    I am very sad to say that YES, just go and get your BSN now. I am an ASN RN, I apply to hospitals in my area every month. I never make it to the interview part my applications always get mark NOT SELECTED within the first couple of days. I am working as a RN in Home Health & Memory Care for the last 3 years.
    I suggest you just take the BSN program now. I wish I had done myself.
  11. Visit  SYNTIA} profile page
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    Quote from kathconserv
    I read this from start to finish and I am so glad that I did. This was a great post. I am an RN and have been working for 7 years as a staff nurse on floors and now in the ICU. I have ZERO interest in becoming a Nurse Practioner, a nurse manager, or an instructor. I have absolutely no interest in "moving up." The degrating nature that staff nurses are treated in appauling. I am not talking about the way the doctors treat the nurses because in my experience, the doctors treat us wonderfully.The person who posted before me on this thread nailed it. Everyone is being pushed to go back to school and it is ridiculous. I love education. Learning is the most rewarding part of life to me. I have an associates degree in nursing and a bachelor degree in Finance. I am being bullied into go back to school for a BSN when I already have a college degree. Nursing administration have lost touch with reality to bedside nursing. I am convinced that the reason why nurses "move up" and become managers or administrators is because they cannot cope with the stress of bedside nursing. I became a nurse to heal the sick and even help a patient die with dignity. I had a Korean patient that did not speak a word of English and neither did his wife. Their son did and he was so kind. The patient was actively dying on a morphine drip and he was only 59. He had metastatic disease. He lived 20 hours on the morphine drip and died the next morning when I was on my way to work at another hospital. The last time I saw them, he was being transfered out of the ICU to the medical floor. The patient was in a deep sleep and the wide and son were crying. The son said to me, "My mom said you are a great lady with such wonderful energy and she will never forget you." She then hugged me and was sobbing in my arms telling me, "Thank you. Thank you. I love you." I could not fight back the tears any longer and cried with her in front of the medical staff. That is why I became a nurse. I am not an ADN, or an MSN in progress or a staff nurse or anything. I am a nurse who cares and loves what I do.

    I respect your knowing your limits and going to school to become an LPN. I think it is wonderful. I think the advertisements for people to get their "RN to BSN in 15 minutes" or "LPN to RN" in 12 months without any clinical setting is a disgrace. What ever happened to going to the hospital and learning nursing hands on?

    I love nursing and Nursing loves me. You must have a mentality of putting patients at your priority or you will fail. Working Christmas, Sundays, easter, and Friday nights is not so bad when you are doing God's work. God bless you all!
    so true I feel the same way
  12. Visit  wanderlustgirl} profile page
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    Quote from brilaneb
    I have been told that hospitals aren't hiring unless you have your BSN. I am about to start an ADN program and already people are encouraging me to enter a BSN program upon completion. Is this true?
    In Ohio, every hospital I know of will only hire BSN graduates OR an ADN graduate only if they sign a contract stating they will get their BSN within so many years (usually five).
    And sadly, most will not hire LPN's period. The hospital I work at did hire them, but just this month decided to stop. To make matters worse, they are also talking about requiring their LPN's to go back for their RN or be let go. That's just not fair to people who are content with their LPN and I feel terrible for the older LPN's who now have to decide whether to retire or go back to school!
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  13. Visit  MzMouse} profile page
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    I am a happy LPN working in a clinic. If I went back to school to become an RN I would not be able to continue in my current job; which I love.
    Never say never, but right now I am staying right where I am.
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  14. Visit  BrandonLPN} profile page
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    I was never really offended when coworkers asked "When are you going to get your RN?". No one (in my experience) meant it as a slight.

    In fact, when they stop asking, it can be vaguely disappointing. Like they've given up on you.
    apaz123 and JustHereToDo12 like this.

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