Well, after dreaming of beiing a nurse my whole life I am being pinned an LPN at 7pm tonight. I don't think it's really set in yet, because I just feel kind of numb..I'm not even all that excited...is this normal? I have put in an application at the LTC facility I've always wanted to work at & the DON told me to call her as soon as I have a date for my NCLEX & she'll get my paperwork & all that officially started, I'm not overly worried about boards, so I don't know why I feel so "gloomy". For any LPN's....will people ever stop asking me when , why I'll go RN??? I might go on in a couple years, since the nursing home will pay for it, but I may not..I've always envisioned myself in the lpn role...money has never been an issue for me, I'm lucky enough to be able to do what I want, not what I have to do, but most people just don't let it be...I've even been told I'm too smart not to be an RN, and I'm just getting so sick of defending my decision....the lpn role is right where I want to be for now, but I've been made to feel I'm not really a nurse yet unless I'm an RN. I'm sure this is part of my feelings about pinning...are there any happy, content, respected lpns out there??? I'd love to hear something from you!!