Does anyone regret becoming an LPN? - page 2

Please be honest. I know this is blunt, and some will get upset. And I also know some may not want to admit because there are others here who already look down on our profession. But are there times... Read More

  1. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from wefdm21
    Moodychick.. your post is the reason why I posed the question. The picture isn't very pretty here either as far as opportunities go. And like you traumaRN, I prefer to work in a hospital. So I've been in school for two years to become an LPN, graduated, passed the NCLEX, and am now having the hardest time finding a fulltime job. Now I'm back in school for another 3 years hoping to not be put on someones waiting list! I'm just having a hard time with this. I know you all may not be in the same boat.
    What state do you live in? I do think that it is a crying shame that there are so many road blocks for those who do, in fact want to become RNs.
  2. by   wefdm21

    But I do love what you said pagadeva2000...

    "Believe in yourself in the meantime and have faith that what you need can be brought to you at the right time."

    I will try to do this.
  3. by   linzz
    Great post, pagadeva, you have given me lots to think about. I just love your attitude, too many of us worry what others think and it really is just a waste of time.
  4. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from linzz
    Great post, pagadeva, you have given me lots to think about. I just love your attitude, too many of us worry what others think and it really is just a waste of time.
    I'm glad that I can offer some inspiration to people regarding this subject because I see too many people who are down because the opportunity to become an RN has been road-blocked. In many cases, the same one that is making a person feel small has issues themselves; and there are those that do not share the other side of the fence.

    I do think that there are many more options to go further in education than before, and it is about finding the nitch that connects the dots for each individual!
  5. by   Hershey's Mom
    Nope. Being an LVN, well a nurse period, has its ups and downs, but I couldn't see myself doing anything else.
  6. by   baylay
    I totally agree with you pagandeva2000! Even though I have just finished school as of 2 wks ago, and haven't even taken my NCLEX, people still hit me up with "when are you going for your RN?" I have no desire to. Being the age I am I just want to get started with "my" career that I have wanted to do for so long (now that my boys are starting college). And like you said, I don't want the responsibility and headache of the RN. (not that the RN's job is a headache they do a great job, it would just cause ME to have a headache) Too much for me. LVN is just more cut out for my personality.
    Now I'm just finding out that our local hospital (we only have 2 where I live) makes you sign a contract saying you'll start the RN program within 1 year or....I'm assuming they let you go? Financially they are better off with some LVN instead of all RN's duh. So why is this happening everywhere. And I really want to work in a hospital so I'm getting a little worried.
  7. by   Euskadi1946
    I for one feel that the LPNS are a vital part of the nursing team. When I did my nursing clinicals I got to follow a couple of veteran lpns who were excellent nurses and I learned a great deal from them. When I was hired as a new grad on the same unit I had the privilege of working with these same nurses. Both of them were happy with their career choices and neither of them wanted to pursue and RN degree. People should always be respected for whatever career choices they make in life. Everyone is a vital part of a team.
  8. by   allantiques4me
    I personally dont regret getting my LPN.I was always in the medical field since I was 16 y/o.Got married and had kids young.Im able to make a good amount of money,not rich,but thats another thread,I love the job I have.I have been researching going back for my RN mostly to prove I could do it.But genuinely am happy being an LPN.I guess Im not doing too bad Im paying off my second house(rental)I certainly couldnt have done that if I were not an LPN!The bottom line is,if youre happy with what you do.Thats all that matters
  9. by   SaraO'Hara
    I don't think I will regret becoming an LPN when I graduate in 2008. The way I see it:

    1. I'm young and inexperienced.

    2. I'd rather become comfortable with some level of nursing experience before attempting to get into the larger scope of practise of an RN.

    3. It's always easier to climb stairs than a steep ramp.
  10. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from SaraO'Hara
    It's always easier to climb stairs than a steep ramp.
    This is a wonderful outlook on things. For some of us, it is necessary to stair-step our ascent up the nursing career ladder. I was asked by a student who was attempting to get into a generic RN program, "Why would you become an LVN before getting your RN?"

    If I wasn't a nice person I would have responded, "Look at you. You work a menial job, live with your parents, and receive low pay while you attend school. I earn decent money as an LVN, live in a brand new house, drive 2 newer cars, and have money left over to save while I attend school."
  11. by   Mander2
    I have been feeling so frustrated with the limitations placed on me as an LVN. I do not regret the people I met, the education and experience I received as an LVN, however I do wish at times that I had of went straight to RN school while I was going. Now I have to finish prereqs and return to school. In the mean time I am longing for the freedom to work wherever.
    So I quess my answer is yes and no.
  12. by   LPN01112005
    I don't actually regret becoming an LPN, but I do see now how beneficial it would've been for me to go ahead and start out on the associates degree path. At the time, money was a motivating factor for me, in that the quickest route to a job was the route I needed and the one I took. Right financial decision AT THAT TIME. Now, however, that I am a full time hospital based LPN working along side RN's doing primarily the same job as me (ok, they spike blood products, regulate heparin gtts, maintain central lines, and push cardiac drugs; all of which I, as an LPN, cannot do) but making at least $10K a year less than an RN with the same experience as me, I'm thinking perhaps it wasn't the right financial decision for the long term. I will be enrolling in school this summer to start getting my core classes completed so that I can bridge the next year. I feel like I need to do it in order to be fully compensated for the job that I do. But more importantly, to remain a valuable employee to my facility. The truth is, there are facility policies that limit me moreso than my state BON. I also want to be able to fully care for my patients, without having to ask my charge nurse or another RN to do things for me. I've watched enough central line maintenance to be able to do it myself, but because I'm an LPN, I can't. I'm not stupid, I can regulate a heparin gtt based on the most recent labwork, but I'm an LPN and it isn't allowed, so I have to get an RN to go change the gtt rate! These things are annoying. Not only for me, as the LPN caring for my patient, but for the RN who has patients of her own to care for. These things that we are limited in, over time, can make an LPN feel frustrated. Regardless of knowledge and ability. I start my own IV's, do my own NGT insertions, yet I have to get an RN to go push the buttons on my patient's IV pump when the lab results warrant a change in a heparin gtt rate!!!! LOL.

    When I was employed in LTC, I felt differently. LPN's were "the nurses" there. There were many more LPN's than RN's. Those RN's were in management positions. The LPN's handled the day to day resident care along with the CNA's, so I didn't feel like I "needed" to be an RN there. However, the hospital is where I plan to stay, so my feeling changed with the change in the work environment.
  13. by   PralineLPN
    NO. I even like the paper work, believe it or not. I like filling in all the little boxes and writing my thoughts on the pts. Well, except maybe when I have like 3 admissions. But I still go home satisfied and happy. I can not stand the ones who come to work and complain and tell me how much of a chore their job is. Whatever.