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.