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Okay, we don't want you to think there are no happy LPN's!!!
I do love my work and my patients and I am very proud to be a nurse. There is not another line of work I would prefer to be in.
I just wish there wasn't such a nursing shortage, forcing us to have shifts that are way too long and patient loads that are way too high. (I know you probably weren't asking for a reply like that, but I have to be honest).
I just realized I didn't answer all of your questions. What I find most rewarding about being an LPN is the fact that I can make a difference in a person's life. I have worked in long term care, hospitals, doctor's office and public health and I know I have made a difference to many people. Sometimes it was my technical and clinical knowledge that did it, but other times it was just a smile or a touch or just listening to a patient. This may sound corny, but I know that when I am on my deathbed, I will know that my life DID make a difference.
Hi there! I would have replied sooner but I've been working 12 hr days all week. I am a new LVN grad and am working med-surg in a small rural hospital. After a few bumps in the road, I can honestly say that I'm thrilled!!
I started on 7p-7a and without realizing it was the shift I hated, I thought I'd chosen the wrong career. I dreaded going to work and was so very miserable. I switched to days, and boy, what a difference! I actually enjoy going to work everyday. What a concept, eh? I am thrilled with my role. I feel what I'm doing is important. I feel my duties are respected by the RNs I work with and I certainly have respect for them. We have some of the most incredible aides I've ever worked with and our care teams really make for a nice level of care. That is what I find most rewarding at this point. Patient appreciation is also rewarding.
JulieW~ Thank you for your positive response. I too, am a LPN and just switched from being an Orthopedic physician's clinical/surgical nurse (for the past 2 yrs), to a VA hospital Med/Surg nurse. I find my new role very challenging. I left a very close network of skilled nurses and friends. Starting over is hard, I miss the comradery I shared at the clinic. But the new environment I am in, is just that...new.
They have very high emphasis on CME's et furthering education. The staff I am among now are very skilled and knowledgable. I just feel overwhelmed coming from such a specialized field, to the grand pot-luck of medical variety! :P I am eager to learn and relish the opportunities ahead.
I am proud of my job, but am not quite satisfied in my current role as of yet...still have a ways to go until I feel confident and compitent. Every day has it's rewards...from patients to staff.
I have been an LPN for two years and I am happy with what I do. I am going to start RN school in January,not for the money but to be able to do more to help people.I would have no problem with being an LPN forever but I have goals in my life and one of them was to be a registered nurse. I am not sorry that I was a CNA for six years and then an LPN. Doing this in steps has helped me tremendously.
I LOVE BEING AN LPN - I HAVE WORKED AS AN LPN FOR 9 YEARS - I HAVE NO DESIRE TO BE AN RN - I CAN DO WHAT I LOVE ABOUT NURSING AS AN LPN - I HAVE WORKED MED/SURG , CARDIO AND RECENTLY HAVE STARTED WORKING IN HOME HEALTH - I HAVE ALWAYS ENJOYED MY WORK , BUT THIS IS THE BEST JOB I HAVE EVER HAD - I FEEL I REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN MY PT'S LIVES - THEY ARE MOST GRATEFUL AND SAY SO .