I have heard this as well..." WHEN will you be going for your RN?" and I say the same thing...NEVER. We all have the option to change our minds at a later date, but to be honest, from what I see, there is nothing about being an RN that entices me except the pay...however, I am not willing to take on the heavy responsibility that the RN has. I have shocked people when I say this, but to me, LPN equated to freedom in my eye, because I am primarily responsible for myself...not the actions of other people working around me...especially since I am not an LPN working in a charge nurse position (and would never take on that job, either). Unfortunately, people in charge, may they be managers, RNs, head nurses, charge nurses are defined by the people that work below them-similar to how a parent may be defined by a child that misbehaves. I can't control what happens around me, but I can control ME. I let the chaos around me spin out, and I do my job. I know that ALL nurses can be stressed out, but I compared what I saw, and I personally found that each and every RN I know has been afraid of losing their license, been frazzled, stressed, and such. There are few that maintain a balanced demeanor, but I know that I would NOT be one of them. Once I was able to determine that RN would never be for me, I felt much better.
I had one ill-tempered RN say to me that I should become an RN, and I said "For WHAT??? To be like YOU???" and, I didn't say this to disrespect the RN position, but because I know my limits. If a person does not think that I am a nurse because I am an LPN, then, this is THEIR problem, not mine. And, like the others have said...it is not their business how you chose to live your life, and you DO have the option to become an RN at a later date. The doors are not closed to you.