When did it become ok to put someone down because they are NOT an RN? - page 4

When did it become ok to put someone down because they are NOT an RN? Mothers day with the family, everyone was sitting around the table. I chose this opportunity to announce that after 2 years... Read More

  1. by   healinghearts84
    that was bullsh**. i can't believe someone in your family said that...what an oxymoron! they should be proud that you graduated with honors and passed the NCLEX that's quite an achievement. i agree that you should have had your moment of glory. if i was you in that moment i would have had to do some major a$$ kicking! sounds like someone is green with envy :trout:
  2. by   HeartsOpenWide
    Congrats for being the bigger person, it would have been easy for you to say "your ONLY a medical assistant!!" And even bigger congrats for becomming an LVN. I am not bagging RNs, but the LVN at my last clinical sight was RIGHT ON and seemed more comptent than any of the RNs on the floor....so "just" because you are an LVN does not mean dittily squat...my friend who is an LVN and now in the RN program tutors me and we are in the same year (because he is a smarty pants LVN!) Congrats and do not let people get you down. I want to get my MSN and become a CNM and people always ask me why I don't just become and OB...there is one for every title....
  3. by   RNDreamer
    I actually tried to correct her by saying she (the LPN) was a nurse, but my coworker just repeated no, she is an lpn


    Quote from pagandeva2000
    Then, she can most certainly take on all of those duties that only real nurses can do...
  4. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from NYDreamer
    I actually tried to correct her by saying she (the LPN) was a nurse, but my coworker just repeated no, she is an lpn

    I believe you...I have seen it happen, and it has happened to me. I just give the 'real nurses' their job, then, when they make comments like that and from there, they can appreciate my talents.
  5. by   Nursegirlgg
    Gingerbell!! Congrads to you and may all your desires come to you.You will go far:kiss and dont allow the turd to still your joy.
  6. by   arual56
    Quote from Gingerbell
    When did it become ok to put someone down because they are NOT an RN?

    Mothers day with the family, everyone was sitting around the table. I chose this opportunity to announce that after 2 years of hard work (pre-reqs and the VN course), that I have not only graduated with honors, but also passed the NCLEX. In the midst of my personal joy and praise (well earned in my opinion), a family member (who is a medical assistant), interrupts everyone and says, "Yea but LVN's are already phased out" ... "No one uses them no more". The whole room went silent for a few moments and then the topic of conversation changed to vegetable gardens. What happen to my moment? Not to sound shallow, but I wanted my moment!

    The biggest kicker, toward the end of the day, he was greatly praised for just the THOUGHT of going to RN school. He said, "Yea, I went to the college the other day and I'm going to sign up for the wait list for the RN program .... Only 2 years and I'm in". OMG ... THERE ARE PRE-REQS!!!! You can't just sign up and magically get in! And again, what about ME? I am in school FULL TIME for my pre-reqs to the LVN to RN bridge program, while doing the LVN! GRRRRR!

    Ok, I just had to vent. Yesterday I was crushed, but today I AM MAD! :angryfire

    ~GB

    Despite your family member's rude, and bitter remarks, you have every reason to be proud. Those of us who know and understand what it took for you to get this far, and what it will involve for you to continue on, salute you. But my heart goes out to you as well. You did something I don't have the desire to do. You told your family about what you had done and what you were going to do. The evil spirited comments of that one person hurt you, and for that I am sorry. That person is nothing more than the bully everyone runs into eventually during school. Unfortunately, you ran in to them at home. My mother knows that I am in school and has been nothing but supportive. But my older sister has no idea what I am doing, and we don't tell her. I would love to share that I am an LPN but, like your family member, my sister would say something like, "Well aren't you getting your RN?" And if I had my RN she would be asking if I was going for my BSN, MS, etc. For bullies, they will always find that one little way in which they can hurt you. This person would have said this if you were alone, just as quickly as they said it during your family function. Do your best to ignore them, enjoy and feel proud of yourself. And know that there are hugs and warm wishes being sent to you from people you don't even know. There are many who are very proud of you.
  7. by   pagandeva2000
    Gingerbell; one of the things I have observed is the wonderful support you received from this thread...it has lasted AWHILE! It is because most LPNs have encountered this at some time in our careers and it brings out a great deal of passion for us. Do your thing, girl!! You have a great deal to be proud of...you are, in fact, a NURSE, the same as an RN, BSN, MSN or doctorate in nursing. You will be an important part of the health care team and you will contribute much to nursing. I can't wait to hear from you when you start your career and make US proud that you are one of US...whether you continue for your RN or not. I know you will represent LPNs well!
  8. by   Elektra6
    Oh man I hear you, my FATHER tells me to get my RN every single time I talk to him, it's been 2 years! It is really getting on my nerves.
  9. by   BigB
    Quote from meanbird
    Oh man I hear you, my FATHER tells me to get my RN every single time I talk to him, it's been 2 years! It is really getting on my nerves.

    My dad use to ask me in a nice way if I planed to get my RN a lot in the past. But it was only after I started talking about my job(as an lvn).
  10. by   arual56
    Quote from meanbird
    Oh man I hear you, my FATHER tells me to get my RN every single time I talk to him, it's been 2 years! It is really getting on my nerves.

    It never ceases to amaze me how some people think they need to run your life, when they can't even run their own well. I have a friend who used to work with me. She has two special needs kids and our Clinical Nurse Educator used to nag her to death to enter Nursing School. Instead, she transfered to another department and is much happier.
  11. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from arual56
    It never ceases to amaze me how some people think they need to run your life, when they can't even run their own well. I have a friend who used to work with me. She has two special needs kids and our Clinical Nurse Educator used to nag her to death to enter Nursing School. Instead, she transfered to another department and is much happier.
    What job did your friend do? It is true...people think that it is acceptable to push their personal beliefs on others.
  12. by   arual56
    Quote from pagandeva2000
    What job did your friend do? It is true...people think that it is acceptable to push their personal beliefs on others.
    She is a PCT (patient care technician) and has been for 15 years in our ER. In fact, she was one of the three best techs we had. The pushing that went on, and ultimately drove her away, along with the other two techs, didn't stop until our Clinical Nurse Educator left and was replaced with someone who is much more understanding and not nearly so pushy. It just seems like such a waste. Encouraging people is one thing, but verbally and emotionally pushing them is just plain abusive, no matter what the relationship.
  13. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from arual56
    She is a PCT (patient care technician) and has been for 15 years in our ER. In fact, she was one of the three best techs we had. The pushing that went on, and ultimately drove her away, along with the other two techs, didn't stop until our Clinical Nurse Educator left and was replaced with someone who is much more understanding and not nearly so pushy. It just seems like such a waste. Encouraging people is one thing, but verbally and emotionally pushing them is just plain abusive, no matter what the relationship.
    I used to be a patient care technician. Heck, when I compare then and now, I would say that I had a bit less physical and emotional stress back then, and probably would have remained one if it weren't for the increase mobility that the LPN offered. I can see if someone were to mention to this person once or twice that they felt she was capable of being a good nurse, but at the same time, any 'educated' person can get the hint that their opinions are not always welcomed or appreciated. When you think about it, not everyone is meant to be any sort of nurse...LPN or RN. But, let's appreciate the talents that they have to offer the health care team.

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