When did it become ok to put someone down because they are NOT an RN? - page 6

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   A New Start
    i'm a brand new baby 52 year old lvn student. i've been told, i was accepted to begin in 3 weeks. yep. grandpa is finally putting his big girl panties on, and going to nursing school!

    this is why i've chosen the lvn route. time. i have procrastinated too long.

    why do i want to be a nurse (even a lowly lvn)? because i want to help. because i've had wonderful nursing care myself and i've always admired the profession. because i've thought about it for years! because i have a lot to give. this gray hair was bought with a price! because it's facinating! (i didn't know my wife and daughters had gonads until recently)

    in a moment of clarity a few weeks ago, i made a spreadsheet using data from salary.com and the us department of labor and found out that an average rn makes more than a lpn. duh! but the difference in the average was smaller than i thought. probably due to specialties chosen, experience, shift differentials and more. anyway, i found out that it takes 8 years to recover the difference in money when you account for one additional year of education, and one year lost wages. and we all know most adn programs are really 3 years work in disguise, not 2 years.

    i'm not saying it's about money. it's about time. i can help a lot of people in 8 years! can i get more education, too? sure. will i? we'll see.

    as to worrying about someone putting me down? they can bite my sphygmomanometer! :d you have to get your self esteem from inside. i've been a small business owner or sales person most of my life. i've had titles and money, and i've gone without either one for periods of time. they don't matter. other people's opinion about me don't matter either. what will i do with the time i have left? who will i give it to?

    live, give, and love,



    a new start
  2. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from a new start
    i'm a brand new baby 52 year old lvn student. i've been told, i was accepted to begin in 3 weeks. yep. grandpa is finally putting his big girl panties on, and going to nursing school!

    this is why i've chosen the lvn route. time. i have procrastinated too long.

    why do i want to be a nurse (even a lowly lvn)? because i want to help. because i've had wonderful nursing care myself and i've always admired the profession. because i've thought about it for years! because i have a lot to give. this gray hair was bought with a price! because it's facinating! (i didn't know my wife and daughters had gonads until recently)

    in a moment of clarity a few weeks ago, i made a spreadsheet using data from salary.com and the us department of labor and found out that an average rn makes more than a lpn. duh! but the difference in the average was smaller than i thought. probably due to specialties chosen, experience, shift differentials and more. anyway, i found out that it takes 8 years to recover the difference in money when you account for one additional year of education, and one year lost wages. and we all know most adn programs are really 3 years work in disguise, not 2 years.

    i'm not saying it's about money. it's about time. i can help a lot of people in 8 years! can i get more education, too? sure. will i? we'll see.

    as to worrying about someone putting me down? they can bite my sphygmomanometer! :d you have to get your self esteem from inside. i've been a small business owner or sales person most of my life. i've had titles and money, and i've gone without either one for periods of time. they don't matter. other people's opinion about me don't matter either. what will i do with the time i have left? who will i give it to?

    live, give, and love,



    a new start
    welcome to the world of nursing (because even lpns are nurses)! your post is refreshing because this is the attitude i have at this point. the only person i can make happy is myself. even a street cleaner can give joy to someone's life, because as you said, it comes from within. good luck in your studies!
  3. by   Gingerbell
    Quote from a new start
    i'm a brand new baby 52 year old lvn student. i've been told, i was accepted to begin in 3 weeks. yep. grandpa is finally putting his big girl panties on, and going to nursing school!

    this is why i've chosen the lvn route. time. i have procrastinated too long.

    why do i want to be a nurse (even a lowly lvn)? because i want to help. because i've had wonderful nursing care myself and i've always admired the profession. because i've thought about it for years! because i have a lot to give. this gray hair was bought with a price! because it's facinating! (i didn't know my wife and daughters had gonads until recently)

    in a moment of clarity a few weeks ago, i made a spreadsheet using data from salary.com and the us department of labor and found out that an average rn makes more than a lpn. duh! but the difference in the average was smaller than i thought. probably due to specialties chosen, experience, shift differentials and more. anyway, i found out that it takes 8 years to recover the difference in money when you account for one additional year of education, and one year lost wages. and we all know most adn programs are really 3 years work in disguise, not 2 years.

    i'm not saying it's about money. it's about time. i can help a lot of people in 8 years! can i get more education, too? sure. will i? we'll see.

    as to worrying about someone putting me down? they can bite my sphygmomanometer! :d you have to get your self esteem from inside. i've been a small business owner or sales person most of my life. i've had titles and money, and i've gone without either one for periods of time. they don't matter. other people's opinion about me don't matter either. what will i do with the time i have left? who will i give it to?

    live, give, and love,



    a new start


    wow! just by your attitude alone, i can tell you're going to be an excellent nurse! nursing at any level is so rewarding ... your going to love it! by the way ... i have no regrets for the path i chose for nursing! good luck and post your progress!

    ~gb
  4. by   ohmeowzer RN
    Quote from bzuka
    well life is life
    well that's true.. life is life... eeeyup... can't disagree with you..
  5. by   ohmeowzer RN
    Quote from a new start
    i'm a brand new baby 52 year old lvn student. i've been told, i was accepted to begin in 3 weeks. yep. grandpa is finally putting his big girl panties on, and going to nursing school!

    this is why i've chosen the lvn route. time. i have procrastinated too long.

    why do i want to be a nurse (even a lowly lvn)? because i want to help. because i've had wonderful nursing care myself and i've always admired the profession. because i've thought about it for years! because i have a lot to give. this gray hair was bought with a price! because it's facinating! (i didn't know my wife and daughters had gonads until recently)

    in a moment of clarity a few weeks ago, i made a spreadsheet using data from salary.com and the us department of labor and found out that an average rn makes more than a lpn. duh! but the difference in the average was smaller than i thought. probably due to specialties chosen, experience, shift differentials and more. anyway, i found out that it takes 8 years to recover the difference in money when you account for one additional year of education, and one year lost wages. and we all know most adn programs are really 3 years work in disguise, not 2 years.

    i'm not saying it's about money. it's about time. i can help a lot of people in 8 years! can i get more education, too? sure. will i? we'll see.

    as to worrying about someone putting me down? they can bite my sphygmomanometer! :d you have to get your self esteem from inside. i've been a small business owner or sales person most of my life. i've had titles and money, and i've gone without either one for periods of time. they don't matter. other people's opinion about me don't matter either. what will i do with the time i have left? who will i give it to?

    live, give, and love,



    a new start
    you are going to be a awesome nurse !! i love your post and have enjoyed reading about you "putting on your big girl panties ..lol... that made me laugh !!" please keep us posted on your schoolig and how you are doing !! i send you much luck and many prayers !!
  6. by   nursel56
    Dear A New Start :wlcmggrp:

    I think your reasons for going the LVN route are very sound. If you are eager to get into the field as soon as possible, and the money or the management path are not as important to you as DOING the work of a nurse, it's a great decision.

    Personally, I love what is sometimes called "the non-traditional student".

    There will be plenty of opportunities to advance your education that will credit you with your previous nursing education should you choose to do that.

    There are student forums here, male nurse forums and I hope you'll post again.
  7. by   NurseLoveJoy88
    My dad still don't realize I'm a LPN no matter how many times I tell him. some family memebers just don't understand. I just say I'm a nurse and leave it at that.
  8. by   A New Start
    Thank you for your encouragement. I am completing my second week in school, and I'll have to say the RNs in my life have been real champions.

    Last week my wife asked me to look in on my mother in law, because she was having increasing swelling in her feet, breathlessness, sleeplessness and a tummy ache. It scared me when I saw her, because she was pail, weak, crying, and making crackling sounds from across the room. Mind you, this girl just quit bowling last year because her average went below 150 and it made her mad. SHE IS 85 years old!

    I took her vitals. Her pulse was around 115. It was hard to count because of irregularity. Every blood pressure reading (waiting 5 minutes between) was high but different every time, so I didn't trust my skills. (I'm a recent CNA) She had a blood pressure machine and at least it had a hard time too because of the irregularity. It had to read 4 times before it settled on 130/100. She had been sleeping sitting straight up and leaning over a table for several nights and hadn't had a BM for 6 days. (She hadn't told us because she knew her daughter would insist on Dr's visit.) I couldn't read a pedal pulse because of the edema. But when I let go, my finger impression stayed. She felt like memory foam. And I could hear only occasional gut sounds. She didn't want to go to the hospital, but had an appointment the next morning, and she promised to go. I sure didn't want to play doctor, so I wrote a report for my wife with my observations (now I learn that's called an assessment) and it clearly stated I was concerned about possible A Fib, CHF, and impaction. I wish I had put her in the car and took her that night! I'm still kicking myself. My wife went with her the next morning. He didn't have admitting privileges, so he set up x-rays and set appointments 2 and 3 days out with a cardiologist, and a gastroenterologist. We didn't make it to those appointments though. Before she made the first Dr's appointment, her feet started WEEPING water! Enough to SOAK a towel!

    Our daughter checked on her while I was in school. She put her right in the car and headed for the ER. (Wish I'd have done that on Sunday) Our daughter didn't give her options, just a command presence. I have to remember that one. Sure enough, it was all true. They pulled 14# of fluid off her that afternoon and evening, and got the heart slowed down to around 100 but not back in rhythm. It took two days of enemas and dulcolax to get her bowels going by Sunday morning. But when I got there Sunday morning, I noticed a mental status change and reported it to the nurse immediately. My wife brought things from home to help orient her and I got her a newspaper. She wasn't improving much, so I insisted the Cardiologist be called. Nobody liked that. When he came, he said he would put her on a schedule for a MRI. He suspected a CVA. I couldn't believe it. We suspect a CVA and we're going to get in LINE for a MRI?????!!!! As my daughter says, "NOT!" I threw a fit! Anyway to make a long story short, she WAS having a stroke. I stayed in the room and tried to help calm her. The noise of the MRI had made her very agitated and combative. She thought we were trying to kill her! Some of the nurses were getting tense by then, because I wasn't waiting for anything anymore! Every time they made a decision, I said, "Why?" Bless their hearts.

    When she got back to telemetry from the MRI, one of the young RNs asked me to leave the room. The rest of the family was outside. I'll never forget what the older charge nurse told her. "Leave him alone. He's one of us. He's a nurse." I said, "A wanna be." She said, "No, you're a nurse." I felt bad for being so assertive earlier.

    A lot more happened that night. You wouldn't believe all of it, but I'll never forget it. I won't bore you. It wasn't about me. I need to be reading! But my 2nd Mom is in Rehab working to get as much back as she can. My Mom #1 passed away just 7 months ago in the room just a few yards away across the hall.

    This I promise. I WILL TRUST MY INTUITION AND FIGHT FOR MY PATIENTS FROM NOW ON WHETHER I MAKE IT THROUGH SCHOOL OR NOT! Whether I'm a student, a LVN, an RN or a layman, I'm going to advocate for my those that need me. Honestly though, I don't know if I can take all the drama. You can imagine what my reading comprehension has been like this past week. My teachers keep saying, "Keep going. One foot, then the other." I'm 53 years old. God tugs me to those books. And I remember someone already called me a nurse. But we'll have to see. I'm like a new colt on wobbly knees.

    But whether I become a "real nurse" or not, I will always admire those of you who stuck it out. I thank God for ALL nurses. EVEN YOU GROUCHY ONES!

    A New Start
  9. by   pagandeva2000
    A New Start...you WILL be a nurse and sounds like you'll be a damned good one!

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