Why do I always hear, why are you ONLY doing LPN? - page 5

I am tired of explaining this to people. I tried the RN but did not get lucky..... Read More

  1. by   NurseSarah86
    I'm an LPN that just graduated in March and my mom has been an RN for 17 years but she was an LPN first then an RN. She always teases me that I'm just a "Let's Pretend Nurse" while she's a "Real Nurse" . I am going to become an RN soon though because I honestly miss school and want to go back lol Plus more pay is nice too.
  2. by   LiLi103
    My mom is an LPN and loves her job, and has no interest in becoming an RN. She is content where she is
  3. by   frodo
    MedicalLPN , take a deep breath and ask them why does this mean so much to you?
    if you are happy being an LPN(I sure am!) then enjoy this for a while and if you choose to go for RN, do so at your own speed. I am a LPN for >35 years now and feel this is my calling. I will be 54 in november and feel no need to do what others want of me. This is my life and I will do what I wish. and I hope you also find your happiness and do what you wish, best of luck to you!:spin:
  4. by   Virgo_RN
    I find it helps to be able to laugh at myself and not take myself so seriously. I've been called a "Little Play Nurse" and I've even referred to myself as a "Licensed Practical Nuisance", because I have to bug RNs to help me out so often. It doesn't bother me because I don't let it. When I can turn it around and have a little laugh at myself, it just doesn't seem to be such a big deal.

    I am a "real nurse". My scope of practice is just limited, that's all. To be honest, there are days when I am so glad for that!
  5. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from NancyNurse08
    I find it helps to be able to laugh at myself and not take myself so seriously. I've been called a "Little Play Nurse" and I've even referred to myself as a "Licensed Practical Nuisance", because I have to bug RNs to help me out so often. It doesn't bother me because I don't let it. When I can turn it around and have a little laugh at myself, it just doesn't seem to be such a big deal.

    I am a "real nurse". My scope of practice is just limited, that's all. To be honest, there are days when I am so glad for that!

    Licensed Practical Nuisance is a new one on me...

    I am also eternally grateful for having 'limited scope' of practice. Those days that I see the RNs hollar for dear life, I ask them for my assignment and leave them to their business.
  6. by   agldragonRN
    Quote from nancynurse08
    i find it helps to be able to laugh at myself and not take myself so seriously. i've been called a "little play nurse" and i've even referred to myself as a "licensed practical nuisance", because i have to bug rns to help me out so often. it doesn't bother me because i don't let it. when i can turn it around and have a little laugh at myself, it just doesn't seem to be such a big deal.

    i am a "real nurse". my scope of practice is just limited, that's all. to be honest, there are days when i am so glad for that!
    licensed practical nuisance eh, good one! haha.
    that's good so that we can say that we are licensed to annoy and do practical jokes to those rns who keep asking us this question.

    thank you all for replying to my thread. you guys are great!!! i'm glad i found this website. i am even recommending this site to my classmates.


    angel
  7. by   rehabnurse82
    I totally agree with yall on this. I too have always heard "You're just an LPN?", and get so tired of this. I can take care of you or your momma just fine and don't need RN behind my name to do so. Ma dad always makes fun of the for my "vo-tech degree" and while he thinks is funny, it infurriates me!! Oh, and yes the name of my school did have technical center in the title, but I still feel it was very good and I obviously learned alot. My dad found it absoulutly hilarious that in the other side of the bulding was the mechanical/welding classes. I worked HARD for this liscense and to have someone laugh at you for it, feel horrible, espiecially when it your own family. I dont know what causes people to think like this. It sucks!
  8. by   harley007
    I graduated from LPN school and followed two years after with my RN. I was asked the same question about being an LPN and then it became why did I become a diploma RN instead of a BSN. You just can't win with this. I have worked in a Cardiac Cath lab for 1 1/2 years. It takes a good year or two to really know this job. To me the most qualified person in the whole lab is an LPN. I tell her all the time that to me she is equal to a master's prepared RN. Her depth of knowledge, kindness to patients, assitance to me in learning this position and her professionalism are amazing. She is the best nurse in the lab. The bottom line = it is L.P.NURSE and a good nurse is a good nurse is a good nurse!
  9. by   sharona97
    My mom never showed up at my capping and pinning as well. It hurt my feelings, esp. since I was asked to speak at the ceremony.

    My parents are divorced and when I looked up I saw my dad. I just beamed. And the last 29 years I'm still just as proud as the day of graudation for my LPN.

    In your heart of hearts you know how hard it was to complete the program with or without support. That's one of the many reasons I cherish my license.

    S.
  10. by   Mycherry05
    Quote from Itshamrtym
    Dont worry about this!!! Some people just dont have a clue... I was an
    LPN for 8 years before becoming a RN. Some people would say, "Oh, you are a nurse? Are you a RN??? I would say no, I'm a LPN and they would say "OHhhhh"..Like you poor thing.... I like the response about why aren't you a doctor!!! Hit them back with that.... I know that it is very frustrating to constanting feel like you are not worthy, but you ARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don't let it get to you... Good luck to you:spin::spin::spin::spin::spin:
    AMEN to that!

    I get the same thing, like an LPN is 2nd class. Like only RN's are worthwhile... In the nursing catalogs, I've noticed there are lots of things with RN on them, but not much with LPN. I chose to go for just the LPN, b/c I wasn't sure if that was what I wanted to do. 24 1/2 years later, here I am. I am not against RN's at all. I think we should be valued as much as they are.
  11. by   Mycherry05
    Quote from pink2blue1
    I feel the same way. I always feel like I have to explain myself and why I am an LVN. Even to patients and their families! I refuse to NOT put the LVN behind my name. I worked hard for it and afterall the RN's just write RN: and their name, so I write on the boards in patient';s rooms
    Nurse:
    Shannon, LVN

    People almost always ask "What does LVN stand for?" and I always explain and follow it by but I am working towards my RN.

    I am DARNED proud to be an LVN!
    BUT, why sould you have to say, but...

    to me, that sounds like you feel guilty that you are not an RN?
  12. by   Mycherry05
    Quote from ashera
    i can relate to what you are saying though and how frustrating it is when people make negative comments about l.p.n.'s. when i graduated from r.n. school, my 83 year old mom told me "i am glad i lived long enough to see you become a real nurse!" :angryfire you can imagine how frustrating that was to hear!
    wow - this is right on with my thoughts today. my....dear mother, guilty of the same thing "my daughter is a nurse, i mean she's just an lvn...but she's going to be getting her rn soon...." like she'd say this to anyone that listened.

    well, after becoming an lvn 4 years ago - and a darn good one at that - and working my butt off - becoming a chpln, being requested over and over by facilities where i work as agency - have finally become fed up with the pt load, the limited mobility, the limited fields open....not to say the enormous dif in pay....
    finally enrolled in excelsior - and am going to hyperfocus over the next 9 months and 'get my rn'.

    what i anticipate my mother now saying "oh, it's one of those tv courses for nurses - like you have to buy your diploma and it's not a real nurse".
    so i don't think i'm going to tell her. even in our 50's - our mothers still have the sharps and barbs to deflate or egos, our balloons, and rain on our parades.[/quote]

    i hate it too when people talk about a 2 yr program versus a 4 yr like one is better.it depends on what you want.
  13. by   Mycherry05
    Quote from MedicalLPN
    *vent* Sometimes I swear, that if I have ONE MORE person ask me "Well, when are you getting your RN?" I'm going to scream! I'm 19 years old, graduated from LPN school 5 months ago, tried classes this semester but couldn't do them due to personal conflicts and just stress of working full time and school. Yet, all I hear is "When are you going to get your RN?" I hear it from co-workers, my family, friends, patients, my manager, sometimes I just feel like saying "Well, maybe if everyone would quit asking and pushing I'd go back." Lord, it's just exhausting sometimes, I mean I spent 18 months in LPN school while working my butt off as a CNA, don't I deserve some time to breathe and enjoy the education I've gained so far? Well, apparently not lol Don't get me wrong I DO want to become an RN but right now I'm just not up to the challenge of jumping through the flaming hoops in order to achieve it. I have one friend who is an EMT who is constantly putting me down for being "just an LPN". I got so sick of it the other night that I said that if he didn't stop I was going to put a sock in his mouth. Oh well sorry for the vent!
    WHY is he ONLY an EMT? ROTFL He has no room to talk.

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