Nurses LPN/LVN


Anyone else feel this way??? I'm tired of the lack of respect. Tired of only being able to work in dr. office or LTC. I work in a LTC and it makes me not want to be a nurse anymore. My passion is being sucked out and I don't know I want to go on to be a RN. I'm depressed. How do you cope????? Anyone have any words of wisdom???

Specializes in AA&I, research,peds, radiation oncology.
True... but being a LVN is a lot worse. When I was a LVN the RNs were very disrespectful. At least now a a RN it isn't as bad.

I've never been disrespected by an RN, MA or MD-at least to my face- BECAUSE I don't allow them to. Keep your head up. If you walk around looking, acting and feeling "less than" you'll be treated that way. Show them what you're working with!! I am and portray the best "LVN" that I can be!!:nurse:

Be positive!! There are so many different clinical areas of nursing you can try. Don't limit yourself to LTC. Also, education is key-you may not want to be an RN but take some seminars, CEU's, etc. to enhance what you already know. Cheer up-things will get better!!:up:

Specializes in Alzheimer/Dementia.

I am sorry that you feel this way. Have you thought of the possibility of continuing your education to become an RN? It may open new doors for you.

If that is not the path you want to take, you can still find work other than a doctors office or LTC facility. You could work at a prison (which seems like that could be pretty interesting), a psych facility (again, interesting!!), teach a CNA class, possibly work as a school nurse, or a smaller hospital (my downtown area no LPNs are hired, but hospitals on the outskirts of the city do hire LPNs).

Good luck to you!

Cathy Foley, LPN :nurse:

I think it depends on where you work.

I work in acute care in Canada. My provinces scope is quite broad and my health authority utilizes every nurse to scope of practice.

The only flack I ever get is from RN students from the local uni who "know" it all and could never learn anything from an LPN (that is until they realize the nurse they are buddied with and who has been showing them their skills is an LPN) or from family members who believe the RN governing body's ads that state "quality care comes from RNs". Uhm, no it doesn't. It comes from every health care worker.

Basically, in my province the LPN is the old diploma RN education.

But it really helps to find an area of nursing you enjoy. I'd quit nursing before I'd go back to LTC.

Specializes in LTC, Agency, HHC.

Yes, yes yes I absolutely feel this way!!!! I was just turned down for SDC at the facility where I have worked for 5 YEARS and had been interim SDC. (I was interim because they wanted an RN...who quit a month later, BTW) and I applied again for the SDC position and was interviewed, and was told "I like to promote from within..." blah blah blah and it was given to someone outside the facility who has 7 years exp. as an LPN. So there really isn't any way to move up to management in LTC unless you have the same brash who-cares-attitude the management has, and you are all talk and no action. They could have kept me for at least another 2 and 1/2 years while I finish my BSN, but they didn't. So, IMHO, they are losing a valuable employee. As soon as I find a new job I am out of there. Hoping to find a place to work where they actually respect their employees and appreciate you when you go above and beyond.

ek1028711-try University of Phoenix. Only thing is, you have to either live in CO, CA, or TX. and have been an LPN/LVN for at least 6 months.

Specializes in LTC, Agency, HHC.

True, true. You get more respect and have a lot more job an RN.

Specializes in long term care, geriatric population.

I used to feel that way. I had worked in LTC for about 13 years, 8 of those as a LPN. I discovered home health. The aspect that appealed most to me was that I had no supervisory responsibilities. I only had to worry about the patients I was seeing. I took a little bit of a pay cut but it was worth not having constant stress about what the nurse aides I was supervising were doing or not doing.

Specializes in Nursing home/home health/Rehab.

I work at a rehab hospital and 2 of the case managers are LPNs. That could be something to look into.

Specializes in long term care, geriatric population.

There are some insurance companies that employ LPN's in case management as well. There are lots of opportunities out there. Don't give up!

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych.

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Specializes in Pediatrics, Geriatrics, LTC.

work somewhere else. try a doctors office or acute care center.

i feel you, i was laid off recently, lpn for almost 15 years love hospice, but not able o find full time work as a lpn, need guidance regarding school, can someone out there share another option lpn to rn with a positive experience?

i learned a lot from different sources, training but hospice is rewarding, i have issues with the economy, for the first time i feel we are affected, health care overall is affected, help!

Specializes in LTC, Memory loss, PDN.

Much like mailnurse 1995, I worked in LTC for many years, always enticed by the extra $. I discovered home health when looking for an extra shift per week while working a weekend option in LTC. Home health paid less, but it was an easy shift on the side so I took it. The agency kept asking me to take more shifts, but I didn't want to and when they asked me to work full time for them I brought up the issue of hourly pay. They couldn't pay me as much per hour as the LTC, but assured me 48 hours a week and since I now received OT pay, I actually came out ahead on the money. I've been in home health for several years now and I can honestly say these are the best years of my career. I have never been treated so good and with so much respect in any other job. Instead of all the negatives I've been getting all positives. When I make a mistake and my supervisor or DON has to inform me of it, they're tone is almost appologetic for having to bother me. Another plus for me is the teaching aspect. I love teaching and in home health there's plenty of opportunity to do so. I do want to acknowledge one fact about LTC. By nature of the beast, LTC has taught me to handle complex and demanding situations, how to utilize limited resources for maximum effect and has made me aquire a broad knowledge base. In short, I'm a better nurse because of LTC. This doesn't, however, mean home health is boring. I've aquired many new skills over the past few years, vent experience being one. So I'm saying DON'T QUIT find your niche.

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