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Anyone Else Catching Flack for Going Back to School?

Specializes in 5 yrs OR, ASU Pre-Op 2 yr. ER.

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


Specializes in Geriatrics, Cardiac, ICU.

Who cares what they say--keep on doin what you have to do.

Marie_LPN, RN, LPN, RN

Specializes in 5 yrs OR, ASU Pre-Op 2 yr. ER.

I care to a point, because it's not an easy thing to do, and then you got people that do stuff like that.

prmenrs, RN

Specializes in NICU, Infection Control. Has 42 years experience.

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!

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.

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.

RosesrReder, ASN, BSN, MSN, RN

Has 18 years experience.

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!

UM Review RN, ASN, RN

Specializes in Utilization Management.

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!

lisamc1RN, LPN

Specializes in LTC/Behavioral/ Hospice. Has 4 years experience.

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. :)


Specializes in ICU, ER, HH, NICU, now FNP. Has 23 years experience.

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?

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 !

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.

SouthernLPN2RN, MSN, LPN, RN

Specializes in ICU, IT. Has 15 years experience.

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.

GooeyRN, ASN, RN

Specializes in Psych, Med/Surg, LTC. Has 12 years experience.

I used to get it too when I was an LPN. I was an LPN at the time because its what worked for me. I didn't have all the prereq's to get into the RN program, and didn't want to wait 2 years to start my education to be a nurse and still be making peanuts working fast food. Then when I finished the RN program, people kept asking me when I was going back to become a doctor. Some people are never satisfied. As long as you are happy, thats all that matters.

AtlantaRN, RN

Specializes in Med Surg, Hospice, Home Health. Has 13 years experience.

everyone has an opinion, you do what is right for you...


hi marie, i see youre quite active on this site..

i am currently in my 2nd semester of mobility RN school (2 more to go : ) ) and yes, i used to hear "why didnt u go to RN school)... well i didnt go because i didnt think i was ready for the RN title.... little did i know that LPNs and RNs function in a very close capacity... YES..... but i was like you, i saw co-workers going to school for the RN, i saw 18 yr olds in RN school (im 30) and realized i wasnt getting any younger, and i knew i could do it,,,,,,, and i have excelled, all A's in every core class, and all A's in every nursing class... its a breeze, i guess those people who were telling me to go back to school just wanted to see me in a higher position, they werent saying it to be negative. now that i look back, i see they were being positive, and that motivated me to go back to school.

jodyangel, RN

Specializes in L&D.

I have to say that I've gotten nothing BUT respect and encouragement when I tell people I'm back in school. Especially from the RNs.

I am due to graduate this May from an ADN program. I have worked as an LPN for a long time. Only a few of the LPNs that I have worked with are supportive of this. They come up with all kinds of reasons as to why one should not go back to school. Those most supportive of my move have been the RNs that I have worked with.

I worked as LPN/RPN and then went back to school to become an RN. The people I worked with for years, both RNs and LPNs were very supportive and encouraging. It was my supervisor who gave me the hardest time. There were alot of LPNs returning to school to become RNs at this time and most experienced the same attitude with their supervisors. It was like their attitude was "how dare we step out of place and have the gall to become RNs."

I think you know what you want and should follow that path. I think alot of peole just don't like to see things change within a work environment, and that can include co-workers furthering their education.

I have been a nurse for 4 years. I got my BSN right away- I didn't know any better. I have found the LPN's I have worked with to be some of the most competent, knowlegable, and hardworking nurses! I understand that degrees and certifications are important in establishing credentials and definately help on a resume, but in the "real world", it doesn't mean as much. I've learned great things from not only LPN's but CNA's also. I don't advertise the fact that I have a BSN (nor do I put it on my badge), in part because I'm embarrased at how little I know compared to people "below me", but I don't think of people as better or worse based on degree. There are many reasons why someone may have not have pursued a higher degree. For instance, I had no desire to be doctor. I really think one of the reasons nurses are abused and used so much is because we don't stick together- and I mean the whole team- RN's/LPN's/CNA's, etc. And god bless the housekeepers and unit clerks too! Everyone is important (as you find out when you don't get them). :icon_hug:

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