When did it become ok to put someone down because they are NOT an RN? - page 5

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   arual56
    Quote from pagandeva2000
    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.

    Thank you. I was beginning to wonder if I was the only one that got that lesson. It's nice to know that I am not alone. I miss the co-worker's knowledge, willingness to help, and skills. It has been interesting to note that after obtaining my LPN lic., and my nurse manager emailing everyone to announce that fact, that I still, nearly two months later, have people who are treating me like I am still a tech, and then act amazed that I am a nurse. I didn't change the work I do, I just expanded it. But when I am trying to start an IV and an RN walks in and asks "what are you doing" in front of the patient no less, I have to admit that had I been in my friend's position, I would probably have left too.
  2. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from arual56
    Thank you. I was beginning to wonder if I was the only one that got that lesson. It's nice to know that I am not alone. I miss the co-worker's knowledge, willingness to help, and skills. It has been interesting to note that after obtaining my LPN lic., and my nurse manager emailing everyone to announce that fact, that I still, nearly two months later, have people who are treating me like I am still a tech, and then act amazed that I am a nurse. I didn't change the work I do, I just expanded it. But when I am trying to start an IV and an RN walks in and asks "what are you doing" in front of the patient no less, I have to admit that had I been in my friend's position, I would probably have left too.
    I would be insulted also, if an RN or anyone for that matter where to question me in such a way before a patient. It may diminish the trust and the therapeutic relationship you tried to create, and bottom line is that YOU are ALSO a NURSE. I am in a similar position in that I work in the same clinic where I worked as a patient care associate and now, it is sort of a blend of duties. What I get from the PCAs is that they assume that I will pick up some of their work and that is annoying. What I get from RNs is primarily questions on why didn't I personally become an RN (equally annoying, after awhile). Do you think that the RN had a momentary lapse of memory? It may be taking a bit of time to get used to seeing you as an LPN rather than a tech.

    I continue to read, and make myself comprehend common diseases down to their simpliest explanations so that it does not stress the client. I laugh because in most cases, I can usually explain to the point of comprehension without losing the meaning of the subject and many patients specifically ask for me. I wish both, you and your friend the best of luck!
  3. by   arual56
    Quote from pagandeva2000
    I would be insulted also, if an RN or anyone for that matter where to question me in such a way before a patient. It may diminish the trust and the therapeutic relationship you tried to create, and bottom line is that YOU are ALSO a NURSE. I am in a similar position in that I work in the same clinic where I worked as a patient care associate and now, it is sort of a blend of duties. What I get from the PCAs is that they assume that I will pick up some of their work and that is annoying. What I get from RNs is primarily questions on why didn't I personally become an RN (equally annoying, after awhile). Do you think that the RN had a momentary lapse of memory? It may be taking a bit of time to get used to seeing you as an LPN rather than a tech.

    I continue to read, and make myself comprehend common diseases down to their simpliest explanations so that it does not stress the client. I laugh because in most cases, I can usually explain to the point of comprehension without losing the meaning of the subject and many patients specifically ask for me. I wish both, you and your friend the best of luck!

    Thanks, and I will try to remember that not everyone can adjust to my new position at the same time or in the same way. My friend is doing soooo well now in her new position working Pre-op holding. She is trusted and respected more, and treated better. I am very happy for her.
  4. by   DeeDee143
    I just graduated 5/24 !!! Im so excited about starting my career, but you do have people who will try to bring you down. Im tired of trying to explain the difference . It has been times where I just wanted to scream. I think some people think RN is better because you make more money and the title. But people who think like that dont understand nursing.Its more than $$$ or a title.Its about caring for people. So the next time a person says "your not a nurse" say,What is the last initial of LVN/LPN? NURSE...Thats right
  5. by   DanisTeeta
    SOUNDS LIKE HE IS JEALOUS!!!! I'VE HEARD THE SAME TYPES OF COMMENTS, EXCEPT THAT I'M NOT GONNA BE A REAL NURSE!!!

    CONGRATS!!!
  6. by   Thedreamer
    My 87 year old grandmother said something that made me just kind of stop and look at her like she was an alien.

    I told her that I was loving my LPN program and learning so much. She replied with, "Well then why dont you go to medical school! And stop cleaning **** the rest of your life."

    Ever see a dog cock his head to one side and just look at you as if to say, "huh?" Thats how I felt. I wonder if the elderly we take care of feel that way? I think not!
  7. by   Gingerbell
    I was just looking through some of my old posts and came across this one I made over 2 years ago .... it made me laugh because of where I am now!

    UPDATE:
    With 2 plus years under my belt as an LVN and currently in a BSN program with just over a year left to completion ... I couldn't be happier! I have NO REGRETS for the path I took in my nursing! I think I am a dang good LVN and I will be an even better RN (BSN).

    As for my "MA" family member ... well, he is still a MA but is singing a different song now. He is now starting an LVN program this fall! Ahahahahaha! Oh and he wants me to help me study! Of course I will help him, after all he is family .... but I just had to laugh when he asked!

    Anyway, I just thought the end result was worth updating for those up for a good laugh!

    ~GB
  8. by   classicmusic09
    Dear Gingerbell, Thank you so much for the update. I am very happy for you! You kept moving and that is good! I'm still thinking about it(I'm an LPN). I know going back will be a good move, I'm just having trouble trying to decide how to go about it(with my current responsibilities). I thought about College Net, but I'm leary because of the economy etc. Wouldn't want to get caught midstream, and have a company go out of business(heaven forbid). So I would love to hear about a grant/scholarship program, and a small college atmosphere would be nice. If you know of anything like that let me know. Much success and happiness to you!!
  9. by   NC Girl BSN
    Quote from Gingerbell
    I was just looking through some of my old posts and came across this one I made over 2 years ago .... it made me laugh because of where I am now!

    UPDATE:
    With 2 plus years under my belt as an LVN and currently in a BSN program with just over a year left to completion ... I couldn't be happier! I have NO REGRETS for the path I took in my nursing! I think I am a dang good LVN and I will be an even better RN (BSN).

    As for my "MA" family member ... well, he is still a MA but is singing a different song now. He is now starting an LVN program this fall! Ahahahahaha! Oh and he wants me to help me study! Of course I will help him, after all he is family .... but I just had to laugh when he asked!

    Anyway, I just thought the end result was worth updating for those up for a good laugh!

    ~GB
    Congratulations on your progression on your RN! I remember reading this post in the 2nd semester of my LPN program. I felt the same way. I felt so disrespected by CNA's and RN's that I worked with. I went on to graduate August 07 and enrolled in Excelsior College for my ADN. I started working 3 months ago as a RN workin in a big hospital. Now it seem like people give me so much more respect which feels good but makes me mad. Oh well, life goes on but I would never disrespect people for their career choices I think it shows immaturity.
  10. by   nursel56
    Thanks for updating, GingerBell!! I love to hear how people are progressing in their careers and what they've done since starting out!
  11. by   sasha2lady
    Congrats to you on passing the test both professionally and otherwise......i too have been in the same boat....my husband has said to me several times " you should go to school to be a nurse" ....I went for 3 yrs to be an LPN...my sister in law is an RN BSN...thus he thinks I should go that same route b/c she is "loaded in money"....more like debt if you ask me. Shes been an RN for over 15 yrs and is still paying back loans! I paid for my college out of my own pocket by myself.....just barely getting to and from class on change i found in cushions...literally! At first I was pisssssssssssssssed when he'd say that stuff...now I just tell him off and get it out of my system. For example.....he had some dental work done last year.....they gave him 2 types of meds...one for pain and one was an antibiotic.....he wasnt taking the pain med properly but c/o his tooth hurting.....i told him to take the pain med and he didnt...he goes to the RN BSN who told him word for word the exact thing I told him.....and he took the pill without a problem or second guess! I then proceeded to tell him that if he had any further med ?'s or whatever....not to ask me...the LPN...to go to a RN comma BSN from now on. Plus I got the chance to rub in his face that I bring home more money that he does....it takes him a month to bring in what i make in 2 weeks. sometimes ppl just need to be brought back down to earth by a notch or two lol.
  12. by   bzuka
    well life is life
  13. by   Gingerbell
    Quote from bzuka
    well life is life
    Ummm ... ok, thanks

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