The moments that make LPN school totally worth it... - page 2

I'm almost finished with my LPN program, and it's been an exhausting, all-consuming experience. I see my classmates more than my family, I consistently forget that non-nursing students aren't... Read More

  1. by   mslopez
    Quote from CT Pixie
    I have one very similiar. My very elderly patient had had a stroke, leaving her able to speak (barely, and it was very difficult to understand she was monotone and if you didn't know her you;d think she was cold and mean with her short, unemotional sentences)but although she could speak the stroke left her unable to really smile, smirk, frown etc. One day she told me I had a beautiful smile and that she wished I could see her heart because even though her face didn't show it...her heart smiled when she saw me walking in her room. I got a bit teary eyed with that one. Every time I entered her room after that, she'd give her heart a pat and look at me. And that was my way of knowing she was smiling.

    Sadly she deteriorated very quickly. She was dying..she was in and out of it. My shift was nearing its end and I went into her room one last time to tell her I'd see her soon and I leaned down to give her a gentle hug (I KNEW I'd never see her again). She was barely able to open her eyes but I watched in amazement as she slowly but deliberatly patted her heart and was finally able to somewhat open her eyes to look at me. And I think I'll always remember it. It's been 4 years since she's passed but I remember her like I had just seen her yesterday... Rest Easy Mrs. L!

    Never think the little things don't matter to your patients/residents. A warm smile, a pat on the hand, a gently rub to the back...ALL make a difference. I wish you the best as you continue on your journey.
    That was an amazing story! Thank you for sharing
  2. by   ChristineJC
    Im starting college in the fall. I am choosing to do a lvn program which take a year and a half. I was wondering if it worth it. Also I took in consideration that I would become a working student to further on my education to receive my rn degree. Is it worth it?
  3. by   futurenursenesha
    This made me tear up this was the sweetest thing!!! Makes it allllllll worth it.
  4. by   mnewbaker
    Wonderful story! Sounds like you're in the profession for the right reasons and that makes my heart SMILE!
  5. by   chelseah0pe
    Today was my second day of clinical's (at a nursing home) and I had to do my first assessment on a patient, so I was sort of nervous.. I had no idea what I was doing. I still don't know what i'm doing All I'd seen so far was dementia patients and mean CNA's who didn't want any of us around, so I was a little freaked out. I randomly picked a room and asked the patient closest to the window, Mrs. E, if I could do a quick assessment on her. She was watching tv but, as always in Florida, it was raining so it messed up the satellite connection. I began to make small talk and she asked me if it was my first time and when I said yes, she said I could ask her anything and do anything I needed to. I found out she was a professional dancer her entire life (not like Dancing With the Stars.. she said that was "too boring" haha) and was even on tv shows like Jackie Gleason. When I listened to her heart, she told me she loved my makeup and that I was too beautiful to do dirty work but she was happy I was willing to do it anyway. When I was finished, I told her I would come back next monday and visit her, and she touched my hand and said she loved meeting me and she would tell me some stories next time I came in. As I was walking out the door, she said she just knew I'd be a great nurse. God only knows how many things I did wrong as I awkwardly ran through the quickest assessment known to man, but she encouraged me anyway because she knew I needed it. As everyone knows, nursing school is a stressful time, especially if you're still working, so I've been having some doubts lately. No one really understands or can sympathize with you that isn't in nursing school themselves, so it's been a little overwhelming. Mrs. E gave me the motivation I needed and made my first assessment a walk in the park. Times like those make the light at the end of the tunnel a little brighter
  6. by   arob1489
    If you like the stories here, I suggest you read chicken soup for the nurses soul. It is full of them. Very well done. I actualpy cried reading some. They also have chick en soup for the nurses soul second dose. Enjoy!