I was once told by my nursing director that there are no rich nurses, maybe for the story of that retired nurse that accepted that multimillionaire inheritance some weeks ago, but besides that you can't get rich by being a nurse.
That said, money can be definitely a great motivator.
My family comes from a rich lineage of Registered Nursing tradition.
- There are five aunties of mine that are BSN RNs, with all of their specialties
- My sister and her fiance are BSN RNs - Med Surge
- A cousin of mine who is a Nurse Anesthesiologist - advanced practice nurse RN, BSN, MSN; - - Another cousin who is a Nurse Educator for Kaiser, again another RN, BSN, MSN.
With two MD uncles of mine, family practice and pediatrics, lets just say, we could in theory start our own hospital.
As an LVN, l feel that I am not on the same "playing field" as the rest of my family. At times, during our family conversations, I felt out of place and belittled due to my LVN stature.
In the once great state of California, hospitals here are increasingly becoming Magnet status, so its a no go for LVN, or CNA for that matter.
I want to be able to meet these standards. As an RN, this is the only way to move forward.
I am also doing this for myself.
I started at a university of which, had I completed the required prerequisites, it would have guaranteed a place in their BSN RN program. Due to my stupidity and ill, conceived judgment, I partied way too hard and messed around too much.
As a result of this, I flunked one subject that put me at a disadvantage with my peers.
At 18, I was so fallible that I made the mistake of withdrawing from this program, with all of financing that was in place at the time.
Let's just say, one very bad decision had lifelong percussions. Four years eventually wasted.
Fast forward to a year ago, my sister's graduation. As I saw my sister graduate across the stage, I did not expect to see my classmates of the program graduate at the same time also. My heart was at envy with these guys. I kept thinking that time of all the time wasted.
There was one friend that saw me among the audience, and after graduation, pursued to find me.
He found me, and I kept saying to myself this should be me. I should be here celebrating my graduation, with him, my first college friend.
I believe that the Lord has a plan. Maybe it was meant to be this way.
Coming home from college was demoralizing; therefore, I sought to correct my mistakes.
I started as a CNA, then moved on to an LVN of which I am now, and now I am going to start my RN for a year.
My road to redemption was not smooth. Our family lost our home to foreclosure. I was lost and had no direction for a time, for which I started to doubt nursing as my profession.
As I started progressing through the ranks, I have grown ever more attached to nursing on a personal level. More so than when I had decided at the university level, that I felt due to the family influence, I was forced into it.
My mom has been an LVN for close to 30 years in the same skilled nursing facility. Her facility is tough, it is predominately Alzheimers and Dementia residents, and in my opinion, they are some of the hardest patients to handle. She has a great personality and is very good with handling psych patients.
I asked her why in that amount of time, that she didn't want to pursue her RN license? Playing the piano was her passion, however, nursing paid the bills and as an LVN offered little new of which to grow. She had to raise a family of four after all on an LVN salary, but despite that, if she had to go back in time, she would have become an RN.
Despite the many twists and turns, I believe the Lord has finally gave me a compass to find my lifelong direction. I can continue on the path of which I left off.
Earning this RN is not just for me and my perception, but to help me finally advance from my painful past, and ultimately, to pay for the sacrifices and struggles of which my mom had endured to get me to where I am now.
For this RN is for you Mom. I love you.