Don't you hate it when...

  1. I am on the wait list for LPN school. I have figured out exactly what my path in life is and how I want to get there. I am waiting for my CNA test date and will work as a CNA on weekends while I am going to LPN school. After I am an LPN, I will then go into the RN program. I may decide that I like being an LPN and not. It all depends. Saturday while at a CPR class, a very nice but very opinionated woman decided to tell me why it was best for me to wait and go for my RN instead of LPN. Here is my gripe: I did not ask her for her opinion. If I had asked her what would be best, that would be different. Too many people are quick to give advice when they have no idea who that person is and what their goals are. I took her words with a grain of salt and said nothing more. This woman went to CNA school, LPN school and decided she didn't even want to be a nurse. Sometimes it's best to keep it quiet. Is this something I need to get used to? I have a feeling that this is going to happen a lot. I do not mean to get annoyed but one should not offer advice like that unless they are asked. Everyone's circumstances are different. How on earth am I going to get passed this and I am not even an LPN yet? :uhoh21:
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  3. by   Fiona59
    People have opinions on everything and like to hear the sound of their own voices.

    My BIL asked me if I wasn't smart enough to become an RN. I asked him if he'd passed and national certification exams lately, could he care for the dying and the newborn, could he perform CPR, operate an Alaris pump, and correctly dose insulins and narcotics? His answer was no. I told him that were all my duties as an LPN and if he wanted to cough up the $20K that I needed to continue on to be an RN, I would consider accepting his cash.

    On the other hand, I'm happy as an LPN. My province is very pro LPN and my scope of practice is wide. I worked it out once, if I did do the RN bridge, I would have one year of RN pay after paying off the loans before I chose to retire. And don't try and tell me that I can casual after my retirement, I know that and chose not to.

    LPN is my designation of choice.
  4. by   flwannaB
    Good for you. I do not think I would have responded to that man as nicely as you did. Like you, I am proud of my choice to be an LPN. Everyone has a different path in life.
    Quote from Fiona59
    People have opinions on everything and like to hear the sound of their own voices.

    My BIL asked me if I wasn't smart enough to become an RN. I asked him if he'd passed and national certification exams lately, could he care for the dying and the newborn, could he perform CPR, operate an Alaris pump, and correctly dose insulins and narcotics? His answer was no. I told him that were all my duties as an LPN and if he wanted to cough up the $20K that I needed to continue on to be an RN, I would consider accepting his cash.

    On the other hand, I'm happy as an LPN. My province is very pro LPN and my scope of practice is wide. I worked it out once, if I did do the RN bridge, I would have one year of RN pay after paying off the loans before I chose to retire. And don't try and tell me that I can casual after my retirement, I know that and chose not to.

    LPN is my designation of choice.
  5. by   NurCrystal22
    Quote from flwannaB
    I am on the wait list for LPN school. I have figured out exactly what my path in life is and how I want to get there. I am waiting for my CNA test date and will work as a CNA on weekends while I am going to LPN school. After I am an LPN, I will then go into the RN program. I may decide that I like being an LPN and not. It all depends. Saturday while at a CPR class, a very nice but very opinionated woman decided to tell me why it was best for me to wait and go for my RN instead of LPN. Here is my gripe: I did not ask her for her opinion. If I had asked her what would be best, that would be different. Too many people are quick to give advice when they have no idea who that person is and what their goals are. I took her words with a grain of salt and said nothing more. This woman went to CNA school, LPN school and decided she didn't even want to be a nurse. Sometimes it's best to keep it quiet. Is this something I need to get used to? I have a feeling that this is going to happen a lot. I do not mean to get annoyed but one should not offer advice like that unless they are asked. Everyone's circumstances are different. How on earth am I going to get passed this and I am not even an LPN yet? :uhoh21:
    Well I'm doing what you want to do. I started off as a CNA, I'm currently an LPN and I'm going for my RN right now. I mean, don't worry about what other people say whether you ASKED for their advice/opinion or not. You know what you want to do and what is best for you so DO IT.

    ~Crystal
  6. by   Dan's Sunshine
    I have had lots of comments also. I learned long ago there is nothing you can do to stop them. If I have a snappy comment I will use it. If not I will smile and walk away. These kinds of people drive me crazy. I don't know if you have kids, but strangers are always telling me how to raise my son. Just do what is right for you!! You are the one who needs to be happy

    Brandy
  7. by   Chiles15
    Im an LPN in KY. I have worked the ED for 8 yrs. I am ACLS and PALS certified also TNCC which is very tough. People dont understand the extent of our education. There isnt much difference between the titles except for the pay. I have a daughter whom just graduated from RN school...I helped her often with her studies. The RN program didnt teach the depth as did the LPN program. I also know she had very little clinicals and lacks in skills.
    I have thought many times about furthering my education, but as you found .... it is all about the $$$, not the education or the program would provide more teaching that has to do with your major instead of tuition money for English and History classes. I dont think those help much when it comes to a code, RSI, head trauma, chest tubes and the list goes on. I am also proud to be a LPN and if i had it to do over would choose the LPN program again.

    Shannon

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