Anyone Else Catching Flack for Going Back to School?

  1. From your fellow LPNs that is?

    First, all i heard from anyone was "oh you're an LPN, when/are you going back for your RN," which got old in a heartbeat

    Now it's "so why didn't you go for the RN in the FIRST PLACE." or "in it for the money, huh" and a few other smart arsed remarks that i'm not thinking of at this time.

    I do not think it's jealousy one bit. I think it's a matter of frustration when you're told (like we're not aware LOL) how low you're paid, you're cheap help, etc. and on top of that you have fellow LPNs going back to school.

    Is it going to discourage me from school. No, it's just annoying that no matter where you go, what you do, there's people along the way that think they must ask rude, intrusive questions on career and educational choice.

    I'm sure when i go for my MSN, there will be someone to say "oh, going for your doctorate?":angryfire
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  2. 29 Comments

  3. by   Lisa CCU RN
    Who cares what they say--keep on doin what you have to do.
  4. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I care to a point, because it's not an easy thing to do, and then you got people that do stuff like that.
  5. by   prmenrs
    So folks take amazing pride in their ability to:

    a. not mind their own business, and

    b. rain on someone else's parade.

    Consider this my blessing to think up some smart-alecky come-backs, and use them as often as necessary to any and jerks attempting to mess w/you! If that doesn't work, I'll take care of 'em for ya!
  6. by   fla orange
    Hey Marie, Let haters be your motivators. I caught hell with my fellow Lpns for trying to better myself. I don't think its jealousy, I do belive its insercurity.Fellow lpn see that you're on the road to do better and it makes them question themselves on why they haven't gone back to school to do better. I stay humble, I do a good job at work and at school and be the will of God I'll be graduating this May 2006. So take negativity with a grain of salt.
  7. by   dian57
    I was an LPN for 17 years. I had this one nutty RN supervisor for awhile who relieved an even nuttier day supervisor on my unit (LTC). One evening the other LPN on the unit looked at me and said, "What are we doing? Let's go back to school. Look, if XXXX and XXXX can be RNs, so can we." She made the assessment appointments, we met for breakfast and drove together to the college and 5 years later, I was an RN. After our first semester, 4 more LPNs and 2 CNAs at the facility started the program. All but one made it through.

    I encourage all my staff to continue their education. Don't let anyone spoil your dream with their own spoiled-grapes attitude. Be proud and keep on going. The time goes by whether you go to school or not, so do something constructive and get the degree. Come here for encouragement if you don't have the support you need in your job or circle of friends.
  8. by   Jessy_RN
    LOL Marie, I have learned that no matter how hard you try at times you can NEVER satisfy people. It has been so hard for me to overcome that, but finally it sank in...hehe

    It's like when you see people throwing "the wedding of the year" and no matter what, someone will always have something negative to say or find some kind of imperfection. I guess it is human nature mixed in with different feelings.

    Then if you do go for your doctorate, someone will probably say that you are a cold hearted, stuck-up this and that......LOL!
  9. by   UM Review RN
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    I care to a point, because it's not an easy thing to do, and then you got people that do stuff like that.
    But you must admit, it's a very easy way to separate the wheat from the chaff.

    A few rude or unkind remarks when you're vulnerable, and it lets you know who your friends are--and aren't.

    Having one or two really good friends is much better than having a lot of acquaintances who really don't care for you, support your goals, or help you when you're down.

    I wouldn't waste too much emotion on those types, Marie. They're sooooo not worth it.

    Best of luck with your educational goals!
  10. by   lisamc1RN
    Hugs to you, Marie. I know it is frustrating. I know you won't let it discourage you from your goals. It's just nice to be able to vent it out occasionally.
  11. by   gauge14iv
    When I went back to get my BS - co-workers who had ADN's just like me tried to talk me out of it
    "The money is no better, it won't get you anything"
    - Well, ya gotta have a BS to get an MS
    "Why do you want an MS? You won't make anymore money"
    - Ya gotta have an MS to be an NP in Texas
    "Why do you want to be an NP? They don't make more money"
    - Maybe it isn't about money????

    There was one fellow nurse in particular who really tried to talk me out of it!

    I want what I want because I want it - what is wrong with that?
  12. by   Butterflybee
    You are doing just fine. People say stupid things sometimes, believe me, I know...I dont think they actually ...think...if you know what I mean. And probably, they can care less anway. You go ahead and take care of you. They are probably jealous because they dont have the gumption to do what you are doing. You go girl !

    :angel2:
  13. by   MissLola
    Marie, I always say that anyone who does not encourage you to better yourself (by more school, a new hobby, a new haircut, whatever...) is not worth being friends with. People always try to bring others down instead of helping them get what they want. I say seek your support here and keep on going for your goal, whatever it may be.
  14. by   SouthernLPN2RN
    Marie, I've had the same thing happen to me. My own mother in law, who's told people since I've gotten my LPN that I'm a nurse, is now telling people I'm going to school to be a nurse. People ask me all the time why I'm going back and why didn't I just go straight through. I just ignore it as best I can.

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