young LPN - page 2

Hey i got a question i became an LPN at 20 and why is it we eat our young and why is it some other nurses see me walk in and all of a sudden they think ohh she is young and dumb she doent know what... Read More

  1. by   nursehellokitty04
    thank you
    i dont feel so alone now
  2. by   vamedic4
    Quote from ILoveScrubs
    Hi! I think it's very admirable that you became an LPN by the age of 20. To become a nurse at such a young age reflects a great deal of determination in my oppinion.

    I am wondering though... (and I promise I don't mean this in a denigrating way; I'm serious) I find it unusual that you write without any punctuation. I'm wondering if you do that at work. Please don't think I am saying you are stupid or anything like that...I have no doubt that you know how to use punctuation. Is this just your casual style?
    :yeahthat:

    But seriously, I too, think it's wonderful that you became an LPN so young. Kudos to you.

    And truthfully, working with both RNs and LVNs at my workplace, it's about attitude and ability. I'd choose my LVNs over many of the RNs I work with to care for my ill children.

    I know it's hard to write correctly when you're so upset, but please try. It allows us to follow your train of thought much easier.

    It's terrible too, that I see LVNs working so very hard, doing the same job as RNs for thousands less per hour/year.

    Have a better day tomorrow.
    vamedic4
    Last edit by vamedic4 on Dec 1, '06
  3. by   Daytonite
    all i had to do was see the words eat our young and that set me off. :angryfire. look, the phrase, "eat our young" is an idiom of our culture. it's a cute way of saying something that is really a very serious behavior on the part of another person. when you say "eat our young" you are really saying that someone has been rude or nasty to you. they went out of their way to specifically embarrass or belittle you. this is a psychological behavior specifically designed to make the perpetrator, or bully, feel better about themselves. you have to understand that this is verbal abuse and it is directed to you, not to nurses in general. you need to learn some principles of assertive behavior yourself to counter these kinds of attacks or the bullies who do this will continue to do it to you for the very simple reason that they are getting their personal jollies from this. it has nothing to do with belittling the nursing profession in general and everything to do with picking on you individually. they continue to do it to you because you do not fight back or they are getting a kick out the way you are reacting to it. it's the dysfunctional way they think.

    you have two choices. (1) just ignore this childish behavior, or (2) join in the game and think up some really good assertive, smart alec comments to come back at them with to embarrass them as well. otherwise, please leave the rest of us in the nursing profession out of your fight.

    anyway, what have other people at work said to you that made you think they were picking on you? you never said. all your post said was that people "thought" some way about you. "thought" that way or "said" it to you? if they "thought" it, please tell me where you bought your crystal ball because i'd like to buy one too. if they actually "said" those things, see what i wrote above. if someone told me i was young and dumb (that's what you posted) to my face, i wouldn't be calling that "eating our young". that's a personal attack.
  4. by   nicuRN2007
    Quote from nursehellokitty04
    but you know now that i stop and think about it i want to hit on something else the comment I love scrubs made so even when your at home you still act all prim and proper cause i sure dont i let my hair down take off my crocks and enjoy being a normal person for a min so yeah i am offended by that comment you made come on what was that about??? anyways so whatever thanks for letting me vent like i said in the first tread
    nursehellokitty, I am sorry that I offended you; it was not my intention.

    No, I don't act all "prim and proper" at home; using punctuation is just a habit of mine.

    Good luck to you.
    Last edit by nicuRN2007 on Dec 5, '06
  5. by   ANGELLOVESKY96
    I'm not sure how to take your comments are you sure your an Lpn? You seem angry. You know it's never to late to go back to school.
  6. by   Princess74
    Quote from blueeyedsusan
    From a 48 year old LPN, it isn't just because you are young, it is mainly because you are an LPN.
    Yes, they eat us up.
    You have choices, quit using your education, remember you are not paid to think and collect a paycheck, go for your RN, or work as a retail clerk.
    It's that easy.
    Nobody gives a crap about what you know and you will never be utilized for your knowledge as a NURSE.
    You are a "med pourer" and you are/will be called a "lesser paid nurse" or a "lowest possible nurse". You MIGHT be called a "license" by those who will not acknowledge even with gritted teeth that by LAW you are a nurse.
    You are a slave with very little mind so just do as you are told and if you are perceived as a threat, whose who you thought were friends suddenly become your enemies and it has nothing to do with anything you said or did.
    You are depended on way too much by RN's who insist they need an LPN to get through their work day but you will never get respect.
    Your work life quality depends on the mood(s) of whatever RN(s) are there and if the CNA's have a grudge against you that day because they didn't get a raise or because of some force that has nothing to do with you, or just simply because you are an LPN.
    You will every day prove yourself and wear yourself out physically and mentally because you will do everything, work the floor as a nurses aide to prove you are not being above anyone, do paperwork, pass meds do treatments everything and all in one day and it means nothing.
    Noone cares and if you do all that it IS your own fault, so remember just do as you are told and do it by the book so you don't kill yourself.
    Don't be like me and have a work ethic. I'm stupid remember? After all I am an LPN.
    There are more CNA's than LPN's and therefore they can gang up against you if they want and RN's make more money and have more power because of the RN degree. You are stuck in the middle and powerless. Your life will truly be horrible as an LPN. Sorry for bursting any bubbles but that is the way it is.
    Any RN who is decent to me for the most part is being condescending and that insults me because it is fake. It is their ignorance of what I know, and I am tired of educating them because quite frankly no one cares and it never made a difference.
    I do my best to remember I do collect a paycheck and have benefits and by virtue of the fact that the RN class was full I went for my LPN.
    Remembering all this changes nothing.
    I am too jaded by what I see every day to go for my RN now.
    I am a nurse but I am not utilized and that is a shame and a waste because I am a darn good nurse but I am tired of fighting a system that will never change.
    You have choices, make them or just give up like I have done.
    WOW...... you must be miserable. If you feel that LPNs are so worthless then why in the world didn't you go back to school to become a RN a long time ago or better yet get out of nursing all together. I am a student and yes I have a lot to learn and experience to gain. I know PNs often get a bad rap but its your own fault that you feel the way you do. You shouldn't let people walk all over you. How can you be a good nurse with an attitude like that? Please get some help dealing with your insecurities. I am in NO WAY trying to be mean or disrespectful to you so I hope that you do not take it that way, I feel sorry for you. No one should have to be so unhappy with their career. Good luck to you.
  7. by   tntech1
    Quote from Princess74
    WOW...... you must be miserable. If you feel that LPNs are so worthless then why in the world didn't you go back to school to become a RN a long time ago or better yet get out of nursing all together. I am a student and yes I have a lot to learn and experience to gain. I know PNs often get a bad rap but its your own fault that you feel the way you do. You shouldn't let people walk all over you. How can you be a good nurse with an attitude like that? Please get some help dealing with your insecurities. I am in NO WAY trying to be mean or disrespectful to you so I hope that you do not take it that way, I feel sorry for you. No one should have to be so unhappy with their career. Good luck to you.
    Princess74 I agree with you. She is so miserable with her life choices. I wish her happiness. Some people need acceptance through a title.
  8. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from ILoveScrubs
    I find it unusual that you write without any punctuation. I'm wondering if you do that at work.
    I, too, noticed that the OP's post was not punctuated at all. The post was completely devoid of any periods, commas, apostrophes, or question marks. For that very reason, it was quite hard on the eyes.
  9. by   nurseyassy
    I became an LPN at the age of 19 and am now 20, so I can understand where you are coming from. It is hard for some older, more experienced nurses to take us seriously but after having worked with my coworkers for 7 months, they definitely have great respect for me and the way that I treat my patients. I will always be the "baby" but hey, I'm proud of my accomplishments, you should be too. Stay strong.
  10. by   systoly
    Is it possible some of the other nurses might feel threatened by youth combined with knowledge and skills. Is it possible you unintentionally aggravate this by the way you (constantly) prove your (superior)knowledge to the others? As far as respect is concerned - do you give it? Regardless of our knowledge or clinical skills, in my experience, we are judged by others by the way we interact with them.

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