We have an edge!

  1. Hi,
    Since we are sometimes made to feel less than welcome in the RN arena I thought I would add the reasons why I am glad to be an LPN working toward my RN.
    1. We have already taken an NCLEX exam and know what to expect. Most of the RN students are peeing their pants over NCLEX and its the least of my worries.
    2. We got something even if we happen to flunk out of the bridge program, fingers crossed/antijinx. I think this gives me some extra confidence and security. No one can take my LPN license from me. We've lost a couple of RN students in their second year and at the very most all they have is their CNA.
    We rock!
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   Hospice Nurse LPN
    That's a good thought! Good luck to you on your finals. I'll be applying to the bridge program next semester. And, yes, I know what the NECLEX is like.
  4. by   traumaRUs
    I was an LPN and did the bridge to ADN course. I found the NCLEX-RN very easy because I had already done the NCLEX-LPN exam. I do agree being an LPN first made the bridge program much easier. However, hindsight (for me at least) was that I wished I had done the BSN program first.
  5. by   Rexie68
    looking back, i also wish i'd gone straight for my rn, but, since i didn't i absolutely think that overall we have an edge in our rn program and with nclex. sometimes i have to remind myself to just read the question and not put my experience to work when i'm test-taking, but clinicals and class have been pretty darned easy so far. also, i tested out of ob and peds, so that's less clinicals i have to take..yay...my lpn counts for 16 credits altogether! i think the instructors are happy to have us, too....takes a tiny bit of stress off of them in clinicals.
  6. by   Jules A
    Quote from rexie68
    i think the instructors are happy to have us, too....takes a tiny bit of stress off of them in clinicals.

    i've had two clinical instructors tell me that they have loved having the lpns in the group.
  7. by   General E. Speaking, RN
    I agree!

    1. We don't sweat the small stuff.

    2. We already have critical thinking skills.

    3. We already have a handle on time management.

    4. We are comfortable in a medical environment.

    5. We know Phenergan does not start with a "F". (hehe)
  8. by   LesMonsterRN
    That's the spirit, Jules! And I agree - as LPNs we do have an edge. I can't imagine going through school with no experience at all. It must be really intimidating for a lot of people.
  9. by   al7139
    There is nothing wrong with being an LPN. Any RN who treats an LPN as inferior is an idiot! As a new grad who works with lots of LPN's, I have to say that I never treat LPN's as anything less than equal to me. Some of the LPN's on my unit have been there for years! I have learned so much from them.
    Amy
  10. by   carol72
    We do rock!!
  11. by   gonzo1
    Just want to say that I am an RN who totally respects LPNs, have learned a lot from them. Don't ever let anyone put you down.
  12. by   TheCommuter
    I'm an LVN who has a few edges over generic RN students.

    1. I typically have more earning power than them as a result of my LVN license.
    2. I get to enjoy a nice lifestyle (house, new cars, money) while some struggle with a low-paying job or unemployment.
    3. I am comfortable in situations in which they have never even received exposure.
    4. I don't have to learn how to deal with blood, poop, sputum, vomit, and other body fluids because I already know how.
  13. by   gt4everpn
    thankyou for saying this loud and clear,, if your not an rn people dont see you as a real nurse! do you know how many times i have had to explain to people what an lpn is and does, a friend of mine once told me that she thought i was a nurse but wasnt ''certified'' whatever that means, my own mother told me she didn't know lpns gave injections!! hello people why do you think there are lpn-rn bridge programs, hello cuz we practically learn the same knowledge!! if people ask me i just tell them i'm a nurse!! of course then they always ask what i'm in school for them i really have to explain what an lpn is!! huh! :smackingf, its nasty cycle, but i love what i do, lpns rise!!!umpiron:
  14. by   Jules A
    [quote=gt4everpn;2554929]thankyou for saying this loud and clear,, if your not an rn people dont see you as a real nurse! do you know how many times i have had to explain to people what an lpn is and does, [quote]


    no worries because whenever the opportunity arises i'm more than willing to open my big mouth! recently a rn student had the nerve to make a snarky coment about lpns and then looked at me and said "no offense"...lol well i told her in no uncertain terms that i did take offense and added how interesting is was to me that not 1 of the lpn bridge students were at risk of failing this semester. we ended up losing 15% of the class, all 2nd year rn students.

    commuter, i agree about the money thing. i'm too cheap to buy new vehicles but it sure is nice not to be broke or taking out loans.

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