Being an LPN currently, or almost if you read my previous post, I am, of course, in RN school now!
It's way harder, way more complex, and if I hear anyone say an LPN and an RN are practically the same thing I'm punching them square in the mouth. When I first thought about nursing as a field I wanted to get into, like many people, I only saw what nurses did. You can't possibly see how someone thinks. And that makes all the difference between an RN and an LPN.
They've thrown a few more electrolytes into the mix. Last year, I only worried about sodium and potassium. In addition to them, now I gotta worry about magnesium, calcium, and phosphorus.
I took a test on ARDS and acute MIs the other night and felt fairly ill after taking it. I believe I passed it, but, wow... it was hard! My teacher last year for the most difficult section was a guy who was absolutely great; he had a good ole boy demeanor and had a way of explaining difficult concepts in a way anyone could understand. He never gave anyone a hard time about not knowing something and he was just great.
This year, I have a PhD educated supernurse. She won't dumb anything down. It's like a totally different program. It's like if she says tetany, and for some reason you don't know what it is, don't expect to ask or may get told you are a "nimrod".
Upon talking to some classmates directly progressing from the LPN to the RN program we mostly all agreed that during our break things just didn't feel right. You get set in a routine and when you get an unexpected three week break, you almost don't know what to do with all your free time! But once we were all back in the program, it's like things felt normal again. I compared this to my cousin when he was little. We used to joke he couldn't go to sleep without getting his ass beat by his father at least once. This is kinda like that I guess! :)
Graduation, which is in a mere nine months, seems to be looming on the horizon. I don't know what the hell I will do after I'm out of nursing school; I'll feel like I've been freed from a cage I've been stuck in for like two years!