historylovinglpn, LPN 2,692 Views
Joined Oct 28, '12 - from 'Chicago, IL, US'.
historylovinglpn is a Lpn.
She has '10' year(s) of experience.
Posts: 68 (63% Liked)
I also had those very same thoughts. I am an Lvn but i pursued a degree in another field bc I was not sure I wantd to be an Rn. That degree did help me get other non nursing jobs but when the economy took a hit, I went back to nursing. So whatever you do, indeed keep your license up to date as stated above so that you have a fallback!
I loved the HBO show "Getting On". While no Grey's anatomy or ER, it is a show that actually had a great portrayal of an LPN. And while many shows even lack for nursing (House!!!) , I can't think of any that ever had someone play the part of an LPN. If you haven't watched it ( it only had three seasons) you can still watch it On Demand if you have HBO. The actress who played Nurse Didi LPN , Niecy Nash did us LPN's PROUD!!!! She was up for an Emmy a few years ago for that role. She should have won!
Wow. I was lucky. At my job i started in Aug i had two weeks of orientation. First week was just on how to do paperwork. 2nd week was med pass, treatments, etc. Then again prior to being hired they lost 5 nurses in one day so they did a complete overhaul of the nursing dept and training was more indepth. When i was on my own i felt extremely comfortable. It is a shame some facilities don't realize that a more thorough orientation may lead to a more stable staff.
Ditto I haven't fallen in love with nursing either. Not my first day of lpn school or my first day of clinical. I stuck it out because the army was investing their time and money in me. Plus it pays the bills. I struggle with the whole fulfillment angle too. You are definately not alone. But at least you know this now. I received my lpn back in 1996 and waited till now to pursue something i enjoy. I do know that the social workers at my job get paid less than the lpns.
I am an lpn with a bachelors in history and pursuing a masters in biostatistics. One of the reasons i didn't pursue my Rn was because i thought i would fail statistics. Years later i realize the stats course i would have taken for my Rn program would have been an easy A. At least if i took it now. I was a math phobe and let my innummeracy scare me away from going higher in nursing. I went from too scared to take a stats course for an Rn program to pursuing a masters of advanced statistics. Anything is possible!
I used to compete in powerlifting and now compete in kettlebell sport. I can lift alot more than my taller colleagues or even ones who weigh more.. Taller and more weight doesn't mean strong. My coworkers think im a freak of nature becauae i can change the water cooler at work which is pretty laughable. i dont have problems assisting my patients either. One of the cnas whio assists me is shorter and weighs less and it has never been a problem.
In high school and undergrad I was always a C student. Currently in my masters biostats course - multivariate analysis, i am rocking an A. For so long i told myself i was not a math person to the point i believed it. I think i was just ready to prove myself wrong and while i am older ..my brain is now ready for advanced concepts. I found really good math vids at mathtutordvd.com if you need more help
I got to a point that I decided, if the doc orders it, I give it. Unless their vitals are off, seem sedated...etc. they get their pain meds. I was in a situation as a patient where a nurse wouldn't give me vicodin after my c-section only Tylenol. So I try to not be "that nurse". Well, one of my residents a few weeks ago asked for vicodin for their back pain. I gave it. A couple hours later this same resident downed more narcs, including ativan, klonopin, more vicodin, etc. his "well -meaning " family had brought in as "extra." And overdosed. We found a regular pharmacy, bottles from different docs hidden behind a wall(our psych patients can go out on pass. seems like he was busy getting scripts while out on pass). AT the end of the day I was questioned about how I should not have given the vicodin. (Well his vitals were fine prior to me giving him the vicodin. He wasn't sedated. I gave it.) So yes, give it as the doctor orders, use your nursing judgement and you may still get yelled at and questioned. It now makes me nervous to dispense narcs. Dispense as ordered, try to be nonjudgemental and help with their pain and at the end of the day you are damned if you do/damned if you don't.
To the above..make that three ducks.....Also conservative fiscally, own a gun, but socially very liberal. And thus I vote Democrat. you guys aren't alone!
I let mine lapse because I thought I was never coming back to nursing again.
While I was working as a nurse I never let it lapse. Working as a personal trainer I was 100% sure I was never to return. Well, here I am back in nursing and had to deal with months of going back and forth with the Dept of Professional Regulation in Illinois, to reinstate my license. If i EVER leave again, I will never let it lapse. I will always renew it....just in case. (as someone mentioned above) i also had to make the trek to Springfield from Chicago. UGH. Never again will it lapse.
I remember a nurse lecturing me after my emergency c-section in which I was only given Tylenol. She went as far as calling me a drug seeker. Far from it. Well, you just opened me up, Tylenol isn't HELPING! My last hospital from my 1st birth gave me a morphine drip. I even had them take me off it when I realized I was hooked up to it because I said it wasn't working. (yeah I was that kind of patient. I still remember the nurses telling me it was not a good idea and I should use the drip as long as it was ordered) Does that sound like drug seeking behavior to you? WAnting to be off the morphine drip? Of course as soon as they unhooked me... I realized it really did work. My 2nd birth at a different hospital, I wasn't even given ibuprofen, just tylenol. I cried and the nurse told me to stop crying and take the damn tylenol..that "women all over the world give birth everyday and I was no snowflake. Tylenol or nothing." and she was muttering about my drug seeking behavior. I will never forget it. Made an already stressful birth even worse. I can only imagine how some nurses treat people with actual drug history. I found out later the doctor had ordered me Vicodin after my c-section.....which the nurse NEVER gave to me. I walked out with a prescription for it which I never filled. BEcause I went through the worst of my pain without it. SO I just took Motrin pretty much when I was home. Yup, typical drug seeking behavior. NOT.
I get it. I returned back to nursing work after a short hiatus. Just thinking of going for my RN (which is what everyone has expected of me since 1996) is not going to happen. I no longer hate nursing. But I don't love it either. Interesting hearing about how some nurses were attacked on here. I was just attacked this past Wed by a patient who came after me with a razor, and cannot see myself being here for long. I also don't see becoming an RN as a way to make things better for myself. It will just be going up the ladder in a career trajectory I never liked to begin with. So I will bide my time here at this facility until I get my masters in something completely off the nursing or even healthcare path. Neezy I feel your pain!
I had the mother of a patient come in and scream at me the other day because her son is still not "cured". Her son has schizophrenia and I tried to explain how we are managing his symptoms but as of yet, there is no cure. She screamed that I was an incompetent nurse in front of everybody. So I feel you. Part of me wanted to tell her to "go take him home and let us know if you do a better job." But I kept my mouth shut and continued to take care of the other residents and let it just slide off my back. I am a bit lucky as I work psyche and these patients barely get family visits which is pretty sad. much different than when I worked at a home where the residents were elderly and family members were in and out. I had to deal with the above all the time. At my new job, it's once in a great while. Hopefully for you what you experienced won't be often. My Adon had my back and warned me of certain family members of our residents. We all have to deal with them and luckily for you, your coworkers have your back too.
I went back for a masters at 40. Best decision of my life thus far!
I work with two muslim doctors who cover their heads. I don't think it's a big deal at all. You should be ok.
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