You know what is funny to me? I signed up on another well known WEB site for this program they call "Answers". I checked out the HEALTH forums and saw some really good questions from everyday people. I couldn't wait to start joining in the discussions so that I could pass on some of my knowledge and perhaps help someone! It was fun at first! I got a few really nice responses back.
I noticed some questions directed towards healthcare workers...
One question asked what's the difference between LPNs and RNs...
someone responded it doesn't matter because all nurses are at the bottom of the Medical field totum pole... or something to that effect.
One quested asked What do Nurses do?
another person responded that all RNs do is paperwork and go out for smokes while the LPNs and CNAs do all the hard work
And the ignorant responses just kept coming and coming
I was soo irritated, and I began to write back trying to come up with something witty that would put that person right in his/her place. After wards I deleted it, because I thought to myself it doesn't matter!
This person has had their own life experience and reasons why they think the way they do...
But they will never know everything I went through to become an RN! All the late night studying, and getting up early for clinicals, having instructors who made you so nervous you wanted to cry! writing care plans
that took you 5 days to finish and only 5 minutes for your instructor to read and give you only a B minus.
They will never know how hard we work even though it looks like all we do is paperwork... and go home at night so MENTALLY EXHAUSTED that we are too tired to talk to our husbands or families or friends!
They will never know the stress we feel when we continually page physicians who don't respond back for 30 minutes, while our patient is suffering from chest pain and may be having a heart attack! and all the while the family is standing right there thinking it is all the Nurse's fault because we told their mom/dad it's good to walk!
Or how frustrating it can be to explain to a CNA that 4 siderails up is considered a restraint and without a doctor's order we cant do that. But the CNA doesn't want to hear it because they don't want to keep going into that room when they rather stand around and gossip!
I could go on... but I think we get the idea! In the nursing shortage we have, I think being an LPN plays a valuable role! Don't let them discourage you!