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Jan in Kitchener, Ontario

81 months ago

Hi there,
About to start the LPN program....then hopefully, the bridging for RN, in Florida. (Would have liked to have completed the RN all at once - especially after reading everyone's imput here). Has anyone completed the Excelcior program? How was the program received when applying for a job? Did potential employers look at the online grad favourably, in different states?
Thank you

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Sandi in Miami Beach, Florida

81 months ago

anna in Port Orange, Florida said: As a seasoned LPN I am currently working under a contract at a small community 113 bed hospital.The paid rate is $30.00 per hr and at the end of 13 weeks if you don't call off they(the hospital ) pay a bonus of $5.00 for every hr. worked during the 13 wk. period. I have worked agency, float pool in house, private duty, nursing homes, icu, pcu,ortho, blah blah blah. Anyway my point is ...go everyplace you can. Each new area strengthens your skills and makes you more valuable to your patients and employers And it gives you a true sense of title vs knowledge . I work three 12 hr shifts a week= $2,160 every 2 wks plus a bonus of a minimum of $2,340 every 13 weeks. Or I could take a float pool position with them for $26.00 per hr and be part of their staff and still make more or at least as muck as a R.N. --get your A.C.L.S. and that also helps to get icu positions

Hey I am looking to move to Fla. Would you give me your job info, etc. I work in NYC and in home care and make about $35. hr My email address is sandi4538@yahoo.com

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monica in Gloucester, Virginia

81 months ago

GET YOUR RN!!!! I have been an lpn in va. for 15 years with a lot of experience in different settings,esp. in the hospital. The pay is awful and you do the same work as rn's for a big dollar differnce. It is sad -we are not appreciated. Don't cheat yourself-get your RN.

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sorry

81 months ago

Ayanna in Carrboro, North Carolina said: I am a medical biller in North Carolina and I trying to find a program that offers the lpn program online but I am not having any luck can anyone help....also in North Carolina Lpn make good money.....$$$20 plus I really think it is the locations. ayanna_johnson2003@yahoo.com

I have over 15 years of exp. as a LPN. I have worked skilled and long term care units when I moved to Charlotte,NC I was offered only 19.50 an hour.I went outside of the Charlotte area and was offered either the same or 1.00-1.50 an hour less.Let me know what facility you are at so I can come there for that pay.

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deborah in Columbia, South Carolina

81 months ago

HERE!HERE!
IF I WERE YOU I WOULD ADVANCE IN THE MEDICAL BILLING AREA. GET A BETTER DEGREE OR GO INTO CODING. WHY DECREASE YOUR OPPORTUNITIES IN THE FUTURE BY BECOMING AN.....LPN? NOT TO SPEAK OF MONEY. AND I AM IN SOUTH CAROLINA AND AM LUCKY, WITH 29 YEARS OF EXPIRIENCE TO GET 20/HR. NOT MUCH FOR THE WORK CONDITIONS AND ECONOMY. AND LIABLILITY.

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victoriam85 in brockton, Massachusetts

80 months ago

I am beginning a 10month LPN program at a local votech school for adults. The reason why I chose this program rather than going straight to the path of becoming an Rn is because of time and money. As an RN, it takes 4 years but for an LPN it is 10 months full time, or 2 years for nights and weekends. At my school in the past five years 99% have passed their boards on the first try and you can transfer your credits to a few local colleges once you graduate if you want to continue on your education to become an RN it is very easy. Although the LPN course I am attending is only a short time in comparison, you have to be fully committed, meaning no working(unless its on the weekends) and you really cant be absent, which is hard if you have a small child because you just fall behind since it is so condensed.Basically, for me it is something that is worth sacrificing my social life for less than a year, so that I can better the rest of my life and my sons life.

Heres the chain that i would consider all the jobs....not that anyone is better because they are in a higher profession, to me I think its based on education and pay given and the responsibility given.

Nurse Practioner, RN, LPN, CMA, CNA

I think the LPN is great because you can really continue on to an RN at your own pace and schedule. I know alot of LPNs get hired at Veterans Hospitals around here but I have also seen many working at the hospital I had my son at last year as long as they were working with atleast one RN on the floor. Many neighborhood health centers and clinics also hire LPNs.Just keep looking and you will find soemthing!In the mean time,if you are financially able and have the desire, contiue on your RN, it cant hurt!GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!!

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deborah in Columbia, South Carolina

80 months ago

Sami in Twinsburg, Ohio said: I am just getting ready to start nursing school here in northeast ohio, I have to admit all these posts are making me nervous...

these things SHOULD make you nervous. everyone does have good points, but if you're going to enter the medical field, you better do some reearch on what things are important to you, what things interest you, and what type of work hamonizes with your lifestyle and future projeted lifestyle. and future needs of society. like where you think that job will be in 10-30 years, taking life as it comes.even something like respiatory therapy is good. they usually make about the same or better than the rn's and the ones i've met all have had much better working conditions than nurses. so there are other fields in the medical field that might be better than nuring. radiology is anther field we know will be important, but research it because...well, you don't want to end up like these lpn's. or have to be some sort of tech all your life. not to put down techs. there has to be a front line, and usually that is the tech and the lpn's first. i am an lpn and was foolish not to go straight for my 4 year rn immmediately. i would be far better off now and so would be my family. as it is, there are good opportunities for lpn's here in s.c., but not when you get older. and there is little room to grow beyond the lpn limit.
i have this advice to anyone. study and do and work at what you love in your heart, because if you do, you will doubtless become succesful and satisfied....unless you're van go....but i bet he was in heaven when he was painting!!!!!

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Jenn Bradford in Blairsville, Georgia

80 months ago

Is there a difference in your bsn for lpn and rn?

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Jenn B in Blairsville, Georgia

80 months ago

Is there any place good to start to get experience as a graduate lpn? I've tried numerous places and they say experience perferred, or I dont have the quailifications.

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Juls20 in Sacramento, California

80 months ago

Anyone have experience as an lpn in Northern CA? I am considering going back to school for it...I am 28 yrs old and deciding between an x-ray tech or lpn career..any advice?

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sorry

80 months ago

anonymous in Minot, North Dakota said: Hi Cindy-
I am a LPN with an associates degree and also have a Bachelor of Arts in Addiction Studies. Here in North Dakota pay ranges quite widely. RN's here must have a 4 year degree, and start out at much higher pay.
I have been a nursing assistant, a endoscopic tech, worked in psych, CDU, dermatology, Gastroenterology, family practice, assisted living and nursing homes. I know I loved the specialties, but here it is hard to find a job I love.
I think finding a job depends on where you are willing to live, what type of position you are willing to take, and what type of pay you are willing to take.
Right now I am looking for ANY kind of day shift clinic/hospital work with NO prospects.
I am having to think about moving if I want to continue nursing. Not happy about uprooting my kids, leaving my older parents and taking off for God knows where.
It does not help at all that our city is experiencing a monopolistic health care environment.
There are ads for LPNs, MAs, (both CMAs and RMAs) and RNs but the morale here is not good.
My complaint is that here in ND we have some of the highest requirements for education, and hear of friends heading off and making a lot more money with jobs requiring little or no college or experience.
Our elder population is growing, so there will be need for help there. We have RNs (some were grandfathered in with 18 month non-degree programs, some grandfathered in without the BSN that is now required) LPNs- mostly associate degree nurses, RMAs, CMAs, Med Aides, CNAs, NAs. And I think we all are probably not paid as well as if we were somewhere else. Guess it just boils down to what you want and where.

Whoa that sounds good if they grandfather your LPN's. Do you know what the requirements are to be grandfathered? If so can you please send me the info. In my state they don't care how much experience you have you must go to college to become an RN.

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sorry

80 months ago

Jenn B in Blairsville, Georgia said: Is there any place good to start to get experience as a graduate lpn? I've tried numerous places and they say experience perferred, or I dont have the quailifications.

Get out of Ga. go to Maryland the nursing homes will accept you without a problem and you will be paid 19.00-21.00 a hour with no experience. I know the cost of living is a little higher than Ga. but if you want the experience and the money make that move it will be worth it in the long run.

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Sarah in Indianapolis, Indiana in Indianapolis, Indiana

80 months ago

Jonnetta in Jacksonville, Florida said: Hello ladies,
I have been a MA for 15 years, yes the more experience the better the pay, But MA are given false hope when attending that expensive school! But I have worked in the hospital for 12 years and they terminated over 1/2 of their LPN positions. they had to take PCA positions or retire. RN is the way to go.

I have been a Medical Assistant for Many years, also was taking LPN courses when forced to make a move overseas with hubby, so the last quarter of the LPN was sacrifaced, to complete the MA with advance standing. The LPN & MA do some of the same things however the LPN is more bed side nursing where as the MA is more of a technical position, at least from my experience.
I say why waste your time on MA training, when you can have the LPN in the same amount of time and make higher pay... leading on to an (RN program which can now be had online as long as you are an existing licensed LPN.)
I think it really depends on the state you live in. Twentysome years ago in LPN school we were all told that LPS were being phased out. I agree that's just Balony.
As for licensure for MA's it's already happening. A few states are now requiring the MA to have a state license. check this out online. I don't really see LPN;s being pahsed out in Indiana anyway. But each setting is different. Certainly you wouldn't hire an MA to do bedside care in a hospital. However in a physician's office a MA could easily do the same job as an LPN which I have also done. Given that circumstance, they may hire the MA over the LPN, UTILL all staes require that licensure as they can pay the MA less than the LPN presently anyway.
In my state the average pay for an MA has a wide range, ranging from $9.00 clear up to about $15.00/hr. It all jsut depends on the setting. If I were younger I'd deff. go for the RN though.

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Sarah in Indianapolis, Indiana in Indianapolis, Indiana

80 months ago

Sonny in Loveland, Ohio said: I have had my lic. since 12/07 and I can not find one job out here. Companies are more than willing to offer the 11p-7a but nothing else. I have a family and can not work those hours. When you don't apply for them why even offer them to you? So now what go for RN? Can't afford that right now and besides I thought that was the reason for becoming a LPN in the first place. You know make some money and continue to RN. But no job and no money doesn't help the cause. Waste of time if you ask me. Anyone who wants to be a LPN should not waste the time and money. So what should I do? Go work in a field with no ties to nursing? I do that and the old saying of if you don't use it you lose it comes to my mind. Need some help?????

Sonny, You might consider a nursing career in one of the local elementary schools or clinics with day hours. I am currently an MA working in what is called a School wellness Program.
I run a small clinic in the school, which is a private Catholic school, But even the public schools are starting them up as well. My supervisor is an RN, which is attached to another school so I don't see her unless I call to ask for assistance or am required to take training with all the other nurses and MA's.
In this School Wellness Program, we have MA's, CNA's LPN's, and RN's. Pay varies according to different criteria such as the school district, affilation with different hospitals etc. It's basic first aid, medication admin. asthma treatments etc. The only difference is that the RN's do all the health care plans and of course they make more money as it should be, since they went to school longer. I love it. Granted,not making big bucks, however don't forget about the perks. Consider having the summers free to spend with your kids. When they are out of school on winter break so are you. With a not for profit school you can also collect unemployment during the summer. Something to think about.

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C859 in Clearwater, Florida

80 months ago

Samantha in Springboro, Ohio said: I am in LPN school right now and let me tell you that i have talked to lots and lots of nurses and LPN's in my area can make 18-20 dollar's an hour starting out. There are two local hospitals that are looking for LPN's and one of them will even higher you and pay for your LPN-RN program.. Home health care is also a great place to work around here. You can make your own hours and forget working holidays unless there is an emergency and that only requires you to make sure your patient makes it to the hospital. I think it is awful that people keep saying they are going to phase out LPN's. LPN's are wonderful for the medical field they spend a lot more time with the patients then anyone else because they aren't stretched as far. Besides the aides because lets face it if it wasn't for them we wouldn't have jobs because we would all be in trouble for neglect. Anyways stop knocking down other types of nurses or aides or MA's we are all here to take care of the patient and nobody is better then anyone. And as nurses you should all know that and you should be ashamed of yourself for downing other people. You should know how bad that feels. We get it from doctors everyday we don't need it from our own group of people.

Samantha,

Thank you for most intelligent, informed post of them all. I am a nursing student in Florida (Tampa Bay )in an Associate's Degree (R.N.) program and I have two nurses in my immediate family. My sister,who is currently an R.N. in a long term care facility (and LOVES it, by the way!!) I rely on her information because she works 50+ hours a week and she has seen it all in her several years of nursing (hospital nursing seems to be the most stressful for R.N.s). She says that L.P.N.s have NO problem finding work, and in fact she is the only R.N. on her shift and she is surrounded by LPNs (who make a few dollars an hour less than her for doing the EXACT same job). ALL nurses are needed and valued.

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Jan in Inverness, Florida

80 months ago

Hi,
Sammantha and your email have given me more hope. I have to admit all these posts regarding phasing out LPN's have given me some doubt. I am presently enrolled in a LPN program in Florida with hopes to bridge to RN. Any further advise regarding employment opportunities are most welcome. Thank you.

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Sarah in Indianapolis, Indiana in Indianapolis, Indiana

80 months ago

Just stick out the LPN program, Tt's a big step and one you won't regret. Bridging over to the RN will take about a year I believe. Many, Many schools offer it online. Good luck and best wishes. We're rooting for you!
Sarah

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Itismecocoa in Tampa, Florida

80 months ago

I work fulltime LPN 19.75 Mon thru Fri with benefits and I just got hired agency 20 dollars an hour. All my friends are nurses and some make more. I've been a nurse only two months but I know the routine. I have the same nursing home patients so I learned quickly. Tampa Flo. LPN's have always gotten paid like this. You guys are looking in the wrong places. I'm not understanding.

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susan in Greene, New York

80 months ago

Does anyone know of specific one-year (or so) online LPN-RN BRIDGE programs? I am aware of Excelsior C's program (not truly a bridge program), and of Indiana State (- New Yorkers - not yet approved in NYS as I spoke with Office of Professions/Dept of Ed/Nursing - not yet approved due to NYS's Nursing "small staff".)
Thanks in advance for any info re: online Bridge programs. /susan

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Itismecocoa in Tampa, Florida

80 months ago

Dont go to through The College Network it's a rip off nobody I know has ever finished. It's a middle man company you can go through Elverlsior college directly in newyork noline. with out paying a middle man they wont tell you that.

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reba in Newport, Kentucky

80 months ago

I am an LPN. Have been for 5 years now. I work in long term care and there is only one RN that works the floor with us, but she also does the exact same job for a few dollars more an hour. The thing about long term care is finding the right facility. It can be very rewarding. I have some of my residents say they feel safe when I am there and they love to see me come in for my shift. You help them with a very hard transition in life and sometimes see them through to the very end. It can be stressful and if you work for the wrong company you can be extremely overworked causing possible errors as everyone is human. Every job can be stressful, its a job. I am currently in a bridge for my RN. I will try other things but will always stay PRN at my facility as I love my people. In my area I am making 20.5 base for LPN full time days, 24 for PRN LPN. I do wish I had gone into an RN program to start but in the end my LPN has helped me to find myself out a little and be able to afford to go back to school. There is no right way to go about it. Each person is different and has to decide for themselves. I will say though that there are many things I am understanding in my current classes that the other students do not because of my experience as an LPN.

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Jan in Inverness, Florida

80 months ago

Hi Reba,
Your comments were very thoughtful and encouraging. I am currently in an LPN program in Florida. May I ask which school you are taking the bridging to RN?

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Itismecocoa in Tampa, Florida

80 months ago

I am actually not gonna bridge. I'm going to wait a year or so before I go to RN school. Life is too good for me where I am now. People always say when are you taking the RN as if I haven't accomplished anything getting to LPN. I travel and spend money like I don't need anyone financially. 20$ range is great for me right now. I will wait till I am all funned out. Every weekend I go to ball parks and just plan things with out a limit on cash. I go out sometimes. unlike when I was in school. When I am bored with life again or need more challenge and have seen a lot of experience I will go back. I will understand things better than the other students because I am already doing it and have done it. I will go to HCC. I'm in no hurry. I'll go when I'm ready not because everyone else. The pay is incredible because it gets higher with agencies or if you work pool or weekend programs 22 or more.

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Kathy in Warwick, Rhode Island

80 months ago

Good for you! Keep doing what makes you happy, pays you enough, and gives you enough time for yourself. Going into the RN program is STRESS! You can always go back to school down the road if you find that's what you want.

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Clarissa in Miami, Florida

80 months ago

Hi,
Please tell me the name of the agency that you are contracted with. I have just at 20 years experience.

I am a firm believer if you have the opportunity to go back for your RN you should. WAY too often LPNs are overlooked and certainly under appreciated.

The average new RN last 2.5 years on the floor. Just food for thought.

CC

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sammi

80 months ago

I took my nclex for lpn on august 15th, found out I passed on the 17th and got a job on the 21st! I also got first shift so finding a job isn't that bad. hopefully this encourages those who are worried about finding jobs. They are out there. Oh and I got first shift too which everyone said would be hard to do :)

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Itismecocoa in Tampa, Florida

80 months ago

Good for you you go. Where do you live by the way? I just left a new agency in Tampa I am brand new 2 months only 20 hr which is low pay but They said once I show how dependable I am I will get more in tampa. I got my badge and time slips today. I'll be working everyother weekend. I'm going to the hospital and the Jail to start. Plenty money out there. It's everywhere in Florida from where I stand.

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Stephanie barthelemy in Orange, New Jersey

80 months ago

Hello every my name is step , I will be certified as a nursing assistant next month but I want to go further like go for LPN.
Did any one know a school who offer that program in New Jersey so I don’t have to pay a lot of money the course. Please if any one knows a school you think is cheap please let me known my email is yaumha27@yahoo.com

God will bless you so

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Jo in Piscataway, New Jersey

80 months ago

Jeff in Redmond, Washington said: The way I think about it this. Look here on Indeed. You will find plenty of job openings for LPNs. You got into the profession to help people, and the more responsibilty you take on as you gain experience, the more you will be able to help. Economics aside, a BSN allows you to do just this, provides you with the opportunity to grow your business and management skills as well. About the economics, you with a full BSN degree you'll make about 20K more a year, at least. I ran across a program that is accredideted by the National League of Nursing, an online Nursing program that is rated one of the best by Princeton University, so you won't have any trouble getting credits you earn transferred. PLUS, it is the only program that I know about that is for LPNs, is online, and allow you to gain your BSN degree. If online education is okay with you, this is a great way to study on your own schedule, keep your LPN salary as you earn your degree. You do your Clinicals Locally, and thers is no clinical testing. This is where I saw the info:
www.jobs-in-registered-nursing.com/LPN_or_RN_to_BSN.shtml

Hope this help.

I checked into one of the online programs, approved by the NJBON, but none of the local hospitals will let me do the clinical portion with them. When you say you do your clinicals locally, do you mean the school/program has already made arrangements with area hospitals or is there something else?

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Jo in Piscataway, New Jersey

80 months ago

I took the LPN course through the local vocational school and got licensed in 1985. Although I kept my license, and even went through the recently required background check, I am not an active LPN. I do however want to leave my desk job and go into the nursing field so I've done extensive search on LPN refresher course and found there are none in my area. I was able to find several online refresher courses which all require a certain number of clinical hours - makes sense right! Well I called the local hospitals to see if they'd allow me to do the clinical portion and was told that LPNs are being phased out or are no longer hired in this area - no one would allow me to do the clinicals. I've been researching this for month's with no success. I'm constantly receiving mail from TCN and RUE, but have never bothered to contact them because I can't seem to find a place that offers refresher and it's been well over 15 years. I started taking classes at the local University and have 45 credits and it seems like it's going to take forever to finish (need ~125 credits total for BA/BS). On top of that, the RN program at the local University requires precalculus and at 47 I haven't taken math in such a long time I'd have to start at such a remedial level it will take that much longer to do an RN at the local college. Although I get tuition remission, only the actual per credit amount is covered and I still have to pay students fees which is not set (the more credits you take the higher the student fees). Unfortunately, the tuition remission can not be used anywhere else but this University. It just seems it will be faster to major in something else, but then I wouldn't be in nursing. I feel like I'm between a rock and a hard place - wanting to go back to Nursing and not wanting to have to start from scratch and have it take 6-8 years to get a Bachelor's. So... having said all that, should I just be looking to start over again - from scratch?

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deborah dean in Columbia, South Carolina

80 months ago

forget the lpn thing if you can go in another direction. it seems to be a complete waste of time and alot of trouble with little money or job security.
i have been an lpn since 1979, and to me it sure looks like there is NO nursing shortage as lpn's sure are not valued or wanted except in the dungeons of skilled ltc.
sad but true. i personally feel used and unappreciated by society. i guess they should bandage their own wounds for a while...or see if they can get family or friends to do it!!!!!!
yeah rn's, ***** lpn's. and here in s.c., there is practical NO dicernable leagal difference in what the lpn verses rn does!!!!!
signed...mad at society

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Sherri in Germantown, Maryland

80 months ago

I am starting school in January for my pre-reqs for an LPN program. Any info. anyone has for me would be great. Im not sure which school Im going to attend either. Im nervous I wont make great $$. I am already a licensed esthetician(skin care therapist) & my goal is to work in a dermatologists or plastic surgeons office so that I can have (possibly nights) & weekends off. I would like to make @ least $18/hr. Is this unreasonable? Anyone one an LPN that works in the skin care industry? Any advice?

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deborah in Columbia, South Carolina

79 months ago

doubtful you will get the 18 an hour. you have to have alot of expirience to get that. i have over 20 years and alot of extra training. still, even in travel opportunities...refelecting the status nationwide, the best you can get regardless is up to about 25/hr, but not as a new grad. depending on location, you might get 15, and likely less starting out. better go for the rn right away, or medical coding or resp therapy...something.

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sammi

79 months ago

Itismecocoa in Tampa, Florida said: Dont go to through The College Network it's a rip off nobody I know has ever finished. It's a middle man company you can go through Elverlsior college directly in newyork noline. with out paying a middle man they wont tell you that.

yeah I'm going straight to excelsior. You can buy college network books on ebay for way cheaper than it costs to get it from them. Also on ebay you can find tons of study resources from people who went through excelsior, alot of people reprint their detailed notes for cheap. Getting your LPN to RN is so much cheaper than anything I've found by going to excelsior, I'm going to be starting up soon!!!

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jacki- in Reynoldsburg, Ohio

79 months ago

Is there any from NC that can tell me if new grads have a hard time finding employment as a LPN.

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Gillian in Louisville, Kentucky

79 months ago

I recently retired - June - from state government and am looking at the rest of my life. I'm late middle-age. I've been considering going to the Galen school of nursing to get my LPN. Then I plan to work 10 years and retire. Galen charges $15,000/year tuition. A lot of money to me. I don't want to go down this path unless I can get a job on the other side. Then there is also the issue of will I be physically able to do the work when I am almost 70. I'd appreciate any comments in regard to my tentiative career move.

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Sarah in Indianapolis, Indiana in Indianapolis, Indiana

79 months ago

I admire your drive. My situation is closly related to yours, and I wonder about the same issues.
I have been working as a medical assistant for several years, am 53 years old, working as a school helath assistant, and I love it but the pay is not good.
I need a job change that pays more money than what I am making now. I am still toying with the idea of nursing, either the LPN or the two year RN. I'm just afarid the two year RN may be too stressful for these old bones. So should I go for the LPN first, then upgrade online to the RN later, or totally look in a different direction.
Life change in Indy ; )

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Gillian in Louisville, Kentucky

79 months ago

Hi Sarah. Yes it sounds like we're in similar situations. I'm 58 for the record. I worked 29 years as an aquatic biologist for the Kentucky Division of Water. Last summer - 2007 - I was certified as a CNA. My primary reasons for looking at nursing are as a second career and to work in an area where I can help others. Two issues present themselves: (1) one year to get an LPN costs less than the two years for an associate RN (2) Rns make more and there is greater flexibility. So at this point two years schooling, plus ten years work equals 70 years old. Of course with the way Social Security is going, we may be 70 before becoming eligible. So there's a lot to consider. I just don't want to put a lot of money into becoming a nurse and then not find a job.

Sarah in Indianapolis, Indiana in Indianapolis, Indiana said: I admire your drive. My situation is closly related to yours, and I wonder about the same issues.
I have been working as a medical assistant for several years, am 53 years old, working as a school helath assistant, and I love it but the pay is not good.
I need a job change that pays more money than what I am making now. I am still toying with the idea of nursing, either the LPN or the two year RN. I'm just afarid the two year RN may be too stressful for these old bones. So should I go for the LPN first, then upgrade online to the RN later, or totally look in a different direction.
Life change in Indy ; )

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Sarah in Indianapolis, Indiana in Indianapolis, Indiana

79 months ago

Gillian in Louisville, Kentucky said: Hi Sarah. Yes it sounds like we're in similar situations. I'm 58 for the record. I worked 29 years as an aquatic biologist for the Kentucky Division of Water. Last summer - 2007 - I was certified as a CNA. My primary reasons for looking at nursing are as a second career and to work in an area where I can help others. Two issues present themselves: (1) one year to get an LPN costs less than the two years for an associate RN (2) Rns make more and there is greater flexibility. So at this point two years schooling, plus ten years work equals 70 years old. Of course with the way Social Security is going, we may be 70 before becoming eligible. So there's a lot to consider. I just don't want to put a lot of money into becoming a nurse and then not find a job.

Hi Gillian,
I know it's so difficult to decide. I do love my job as an RMA and working in the school setting, with good hours, and off time what seems like every month or two. However the pay is not great, though could be worse.
I do know first hand, that nursing program's can be very stressful.
Many years ago I was in such a program when we got moved to Germany as husband was military.
I was a quarter shy of completing the LPN program and had to move when uncle Sam said "move", so I never got to finish.
When we came back to the states there was a waiting list a mile long for any nursing program back in the late 70's so I went to Medical Assisting School just to complete something quickly that I could use as we moved around with the military you know?
I can tell you the nursing program was difficult in my 20's and that was a LONG time ago. So I hate to think what it must be like trying to keep up now days.
I am also looking at becomming a Natural Health Consultant. I know a lot of people will say it's all a bunch of blolgna, BUT Natural Health is really where my interest lies. So my investigation continues.
Please keep in touch.
Sara

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Chris in Buffalo, New York

79 months ago

hormah in Columbus, Ohio said: I also graduated from an expensive Private LPN school, and I've been looking everywhere for a job, in columbus I think its hard to find an LPN job these and I have filled out close to twenty applications and I am at my wits's end, my school loan is huge and the prospect are not looking good in columbus. If you are capable go back to school for an RN, I think its the best since the nursing homes are filling LPN positions with RN's. This is frustrating.

In Buffalo there are plenty of LPN positions starting at about 14.00/hour with no experience. If you have some experience it's about 16 an hour. There are choices of any shift. Homecare nursing has lots of openings in all of WNY.

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dm in richmond,va in Saint Cloud, Minnesota

79 months ago

ive been working as a lpn for the past 15mths and i am burned out already i just realized that i really hate working in the skilled nursing home and that seems to be the only place the pays well i make 19.75/hr which is not bad at all but the atmosphere is soooo stressful my don in a rn and has no respect what so ever for lpn she stood up and said in a nurses meeting that "lpns come a dime a dozen" ive worked in healthcare for about 3yrs now i was a home health aide for 2yr and i just started taking prereq. for my rn so i can work in the OR but im going crazy in the nursing home and the assisted living where i work part time is just a few steps behind the skill unit i work and it pays only $15 but its a slower pace and honestly not that bad but they bring in people who needs lifts or at least gait bealts and being an assisted living facility you cant have those needed things what else is out there for lpns that will allow me pay rent and eat and oh yea put gas in the car

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sorry

79 months ago

dm in richmond,va in Saint Cloud, Minnesota said: ive been working as a lpn for the past 15mths and i am burned out already i just realized that i really hate working in the skilled nursing home and that seems to be the only place the pays well i make 19.75/hr which is not bad at all but the atmosphere is soooo stressful my don in a rn and has no respect what so ever for lpn she stood up and said in a nurses meeting that "lpns come a dime a dozen" ive worked in healthcare for about 3yrs now i was a home health aide for 2yr and i just started taking prereq. for my rn so i can work in the OR but im going crazy in the nursing home and the assisted living where i work part time is just a few steps behind the skill unit i work and it pays only $15 but its a slower pace and honestly not that bad but they bring in people who needs lifts or at least gait bealts and being an assisted living facility you cant have those needed things what else is out there for lpns that will allow me pay rent and eat and oh yea put gas in the car

exactly where are you living? I see Richmond, Va and St. Cloud, Minnesota because the pay is good for somebody with less than 2 years of experience.

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Gillian in Louisville, Kentucky

79 months ago

"I can tell you the nursing program was difficult in my 20's and that was a LONG time ago. So I hate to think what it must be like trying to keep up now days."

Hi Sarah,

I've heard second hand about this. My former KDOW supervisor's sister sold her home and used the money she got to enter nursing school at the University of Kentucky. After a couple months she knew she had made a mistake. She just didn't want to put in the effort it would take to get her degree. Everyone has told me it's a rough go in nursing school. I'm a bit afraid of laying out a lot of money then nto finding a job after I get out. I know nothing is guaranteed.

If you wish to email me directly, my address is: highlandlass0408@yahoo.com.

Sarah in Indianapolis, Indiana in Indianapolis, Indiana said: Hi Gillian,
I know it's so difficult to decide. I do love my job as an RMA and working in the school setting, with good hours, and off time what seems like every month or two. However the pay is not great, though could be worse.
I do know first hand, that nursing program's can be very stressful.
Many years ago I was in such a program when we got moved to Germany as husband was military.
I was a quarter shy of completing the LPN program and had to move when uncle Sam said "move", so I never got to finish.
When we came back to the states there was a waiting list a mile long for any nursing program back in the late 70's so I went to Medical Assisting School just to complete something quickly that I could use as we moved around with the military you know?
I can tell you the nursing program was difficult in my 20's and that was a LONG time ago. So I hate to think what it must be like trying to keep up now days.
I am also looking at becomming a Natural Health Consultant. I know a lot of people will say it's all a bunch of blolgna, BUT Natural Health is really where my interest lies. So my investigation continues.
Please keep in touch.
Sara

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Krista in Asheboro, North Carolina

79 months ago

I'm a new LPN looking for a job in my area and so far the pay range varies depending on where and how much you want to work and when. Nursing homes range from 16.25-20/hr... hospitals range from 14.50-16.. and dr's offices/clinics range from 14-17/hr. Of course these are just for the places I've applied at so far and I have no experience as a CNA or LPN so I'm definitely base pay. Here I have noticed that they are trying to go all RN staff in most hospitals unless you have a lot of experience under your belt or you want to work in the ER. Nursing homes pay us great around here and usually you are a hall nurse so you pretty much have your own control over your patients. Dr's offices around here are usually combined with MAs and LPNs. But as a new LPN it has been more difficult finding a job than I thought it'd be. Of course I'm very impatient and have only been searching for 6 days. haha. I have my first interview tomorrow. That was my top choice on my list so I'm very excited. Anyways I hope this helps. But if I had to choose again I would have went RN first... I have to go back to finish up my last year in 7 months. You just have so many more choices and wayyyy better pay. But between MAs and LPNs they do have very similar capabilities and go to school the same amount of time it's just that they get paid much less for doing the same work. (That's what the CMAs across the hall in school said anyways.)

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Sherri in Germantown, Maryland

79 months ago

Thank you for the info. It was helpful.

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jacki in Reynoldsburg, Ohio

79 months ago

Thanks Krista for you opinion. Good luck on the interview.

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Laura in Creston, British Columbia

79 months ago

Hi,

I'm in BC, Canada and here we are always hearing, "If you go to the states you'll make so much more money and their desperate for LPN's". From looking at the comments here it seem to be the other way around. I graduate in December and I have a job(casual but still a job)that will start immediately at $23.75 with a pay raise to $25.00 in April/09, plus an extra 12% instead of benifits/sicktime/vacation plus shift differential($1-$1.5/hr)evenings/nights/and weekends. The company(Interior Health) is offered jobs to all the class because they are in such demand.

LPN's are skilled labour so anyone from the States that wants to look up here will have no trouble getting a work permit.

Sincerely,

Laura

Ps. you can check out Interior Healths website if interested

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Jonnnetta in Gainesville, Florida

79 months ago

Laura in Creston, British Columbia said: Hi,

I'm in BC, Canada and here we are always hearing, "If you go to the states you'll make so much more money and their desperate for LPN's". From looking at the comments here it seem to be the other way around. I graduate in December and I have a job(casual but still a job)that will start immediately at $23.75 with a pay raise to $25.00 in April/09, plus an extra 12% instead of benifits/sicktime/vacation plus shift differential($1-$1.5/hr)evenings/nights/and weekends. The company(Interior Health) is offered jobs to all the class because they are in such demand.

LPN's are skilled labour so anyone from the States that wants to look up here will have no trouble getting a work permit.

Sincerely,

Laura

Ps. you can check out Interior Healths website if interested

It may be cost of living id higher there. Becuse we are making 20.00 now and our cost is way cheaper here.

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Jonnnetta in Gainesville, Florida

79 months ago

kelly in Eaton, Ohio said: I have 4 words for you - GO FOR YOUR RN!!!!! LPNs are being fazed out in Ohio and are being replaced by $13/hr. medical assistants. Also, if you work in a hospital you'll end up doing the RNS work and getting 1/3 of the pay.

True becasue I am MA and I work as a surgical coord at 15.00 start

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Robin Rochester, MN in Saint Louis, Missouri

79 months ago

I have been out of nursing (LPN) for almost 2 years. I barely had a chance to get started, I got sick, then my dad got sick and passed away. I had to take care of my dad. Anyhow I am ready to go back to work. I do not plan on being an LPN the rest of my life but need to make some money while I finish school for another career. Most places want an experienced LPN with IV training and all that. When I went to school they taught nothing but the basics; passing meds, vitals, shots etc... Where would I get refresher training first of all and some of these advanced skills? I need my license renewed etc...I have been out of nursing so long I know I need some refreshers. My background is 6 years of being an NA, then some short term jobs as an LPN (i moved around trying to find a setting I liked)but like I said I have been a stay at home mom/caretaker for a bit and employers do not like that.

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