Thank you all for your advice. I guess I don't really care about the opinions of others. It's just that it hurts when you want to share some happy news with family and "close" friends and all you get is, negativity.
Around here, it is such a touchy subject between LPN's and RN's. I work as a PCA at a local hospital and when the RN's have asked me if I am going for nursing or something in the Medical field, I have told them yes. A smile sets of their faces and then when I say I'm in the LPN program they smile immediately fades...like an on/off switch.
I am currently taking Medical Terminology while I wait to start the LPN program in August and all I here from my classmates is that the LPN program is for those who didn't succeed in the RN program (aka, RN Rejects), or those too afraid to be in the RN program.
I love working close with patients. As a PCA I have to do 12 hour shifts with the same patient and I really get to know them. We talk, and talk, and talk! At the end of my shift they don't want me to live. I enjoy being close to them and helping them with changing, brushing their hair, eating, reading a book...its such a fullfilling moment for me. To finally have found something that I love to do. At the end of my shift, I don't feel tired. I feel happy.
So you guys are right...I can't let some ingnorant people get in the way of achieving my goal. I have to just keep pressing forward and remember they are just bumps in my road to success!