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JoBets in Millbrook, New York

78 months ago

Amy said: Hello everyone, I just graduated nursing school in March and am awaiting to take my boards but my concern is that there are not as many LPN positions available as our instructors kept telling us there was and I don't forsee it being easy to attain a job in the field. Can anyone give me some valuable advise.

Thanks

yes.. you might want to move to NY... save as much money as you can... work here for a while and go back to Kentucky and live the high life...

I'm kinda thinking of doing something like that myself

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Sami in Twinsburg, Ohio

78 months ago

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

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allee in Walden, New York

77 months ago

I am waiting to hear if I will be accepted into our local lpn program.I am excited because I have been waiting many years to start a nursing practice. Granted, becoming an RN would be much better, financially,there is still alot I feel we can learn from the LPN route that is important. I am excited, willing,and able to face whatever is placed in front of me to accomplish my goal. Hopefully, one day I will be an RN , but for now LPN is the way to go for me to get my foot in the door w/o a lot of years in the middle.

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Vicki in Corbin, Kentucky

77 months ago

I have been a LPN for 26 yrs (since I was age 19)and currently work in a Heart Clinic doing nuclear medicine stress test. I feel I am as competent as any RN, however it is the principle of having the degree. In my opinion, hands on experience makes the best Nurse. As an LPN you can get a feel of the medical field and that will allow you to decide if you want to pursue your career. Its not always as it appears. Nursing becomes a way of life, not just a job. I have recently been thinking about getting my RN degree (at age 45). I'd like to be making the big bucks now. LOL! Best wishes!

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allee in Walden, New York

77 months ago

I agree to earning the big bucks now. However, I feel as well that hands on makes a better nurse. I am 47 and I have had to wait for my kids to grow up. They come first. Now, it is my turn. I have worked as a unit secretary at our local hospital on all of the floor, primarily icu and telemetry, I have worked for a short time as a nurses assistant, ekg tech. I am fortunate to have a union that will pay for my rn when I decide to go for it 9 credit hours per semester isn't bad for a full time person. But, I want to get my Lpn in a year, get a few extra dollars under my belt, so I can give my kids the last 3-4 years they are home a better chance to start out in life remembering that they
have a parent who loves them very much, and they have a good time with. thank you very much for your encouragement.

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maria

76 months ago

Hi my question is to Pam from Ottawa. I am in Montreal but currently looking into relocating in Ottawa. I am a single mother of a 4yrs baby. I am interested in taking the LPN online course that you were mentioning a few months back. Could you please tell me if you know of schools that are more reputable than others and in your opinion whether or not it is worth it to get a foot in the door for a hospital job.

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gloria in Walden, New York

76 months ago

Hi,

I don't know of any online courses for LPN . I know I can take online courses for the RN after my LPN; that is my next step.

Also, in my area, it is far more lucrative to work in an agency than for a hospital as an LPN.

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PAM in Ottawa, Ontario

76 months ago

BY THE WAY, FROM MY KNOWLEDGE I DON'T THINK THERE IS A LPN PROGRAM ONLINE. ANYWAY GOODLUCK!

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Jan Ingham in Kitchener, Ontario

76 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

Hi Anna,
I have recently been accepted in the LPN program in Eustis, Florida. I am an Advanced Care Paramedic working in Ontario, Canada but am unable to participate in the bridging program for Paramedics to RN because of no reciprocity between the two countries. I can only do this in steps - and will, hopefully, eventually do the bridging program to RN this way. Your information was encouraging. I am Canadian but my husband is American and is currently working on contract in Florida. It is a 4 year program to RN here, with no advanced standing for Paramedics.

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Jan Ingham in Kitchener, Ontario

76 months ago

Sandi Correia LPN in Hollywood, Florida said: Anna,
Go for your RN anyway. but in Florida LPNs are NOT being fazed out as a matter of a fact, more hospitals are going back to hiring LPNs. Especially here in South Florida.
But in the meantime, apply for a hospital position if you can, take anything they will offer you, even nights...if that does not pan out apply at a Nursing Home/Rehab hospital...they are more skilled now that the insurance companies are forcing hospitals to release patients sicker..and less able to be alone...they are not the "old people's home" that they were 20 yrs ago.
Also, consider prison nursing...I know...you are thinking that is something you could not do...I did it...and actually it gives the LPN alot more autonomy than any other place and you see alot of different illnesses...
Do not worry, there are alot of jobs out there.

Thank you, very much, for the encouraging words. I have just been accepted in the LPN program in Eustis, Florida. I am an Advanced Care Paramedic in Ontario. I have a secure job with a fantastic company, but I would like to eventually become a RN. I will take a leave of absence, rent my house out, take my daughter out of school, take out a HUGE loan (foreign student), and go back to school, full-time. I just turned 50! Hopefully, I will be successful, and do this all over again in a couple of years and complete the bridging program to RN. My friends and parents think I am crazy! RN is 4 years fulltime here with no recognition for Paramedic.

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Jan Ingham in Kitchener, Ontario

76 months ago

Pamela in Richmond Hill, Ontario said: My advice is to concentrate on studying for your board exam. Study your practical SKILLS. Things that you will be doing if you were in the hospital without your teacher holding your hand. Ethical decisions. When you get your license then think about positions available. Don't let anything or anyone discourage you from passing your exams. Cross that bridge when you when you get there.

Hi Pamela,
Nice to hear from a fellow Canadian. I am an Advanced Care Paramedic trying to get her RN. You are probably aware of our skill set. The CNO won't give me any consideration for any of the courses I have completed and I am unable to financially take off work for 4 years of school. I am starting my LPN program in Florida in 6 weeks. I am renting my house out, taking a leave of absence for a year, taking my kids out of school and taking a HUGE loan to do this. I plan on coming back, work a year or two and then go down to complete the 1 year bridging program. The degree part I can do online later. HOPE THIS WORKS OUT!!

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maria

76 months ago

My comment and/or question is fr Jan Ingham in kitchener, Ontario. I admire you so much for the guts you have for doing all of this. I have a very good friend of mine that lives in Florida and the thought did cross my mind. I have a four yr old daughter no hubby and no immediate family so basically nothing holding me here (Quebec). I am so tempted in doing the same as you now that I read your story. I did not attend high school in Quebec so for that reason any program I register here, I must first complete 2yrs of french at college level so that I can, then, pursue the 3yrs bachelor's degree for nursing. So that is not an option. Hence the desire to move either to Ontario or to USA to have better opportunities. If you do not mind me asking; What school did you look into for the LPN? What is the cost roughly? Thank you so much for sharing your goals and I wish you all the best. Maria

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Amy in Cincinnati, Ohio

76 months ago

I've been around the world due to the military and I've worked many places as an LPN. The problem is in the northern states, LPN's ARE being phased out of hospitals forcing many into nursing homes and home health care positions. The southern states on the other hand, are using LPN's in a wide variety of settings. It depends on where you plan on working as an LPN and what setting you want to be working in.

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Jan Ingham in Kitchener, Ontario

76 months ago

Thank you all for your comments and suggestions!! You have been most helpful. This is to Maria, (or to anyone else who wishes to correspond) - could you please email me? dora.theexplorer@hotmail.com

from the paramedic in Ontario :)

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danielle

76 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

whats school did you attend?

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Amy in West Palm Beach, Florida

76 months ago

Hi I am currently attending McFatter Technical Center in Davie, FL. I am trying to decide between LPN or MA. I have been reading the posts and am a bit concerned and confused! I would like to hear from someone who is an LPN and someone who is an MA in Broward County. I would like personal feed back. Which is better Hospital, Clinic, MD office?

:)

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Laura in Kelowna, British Columbia

76 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?????

Where I work all the good shifts are "internal Postings" so you have to already work there to apply. It might be worth taking the night shift line to get your foot in the door then applying for a better line when it comes up. Yes babysitting costs would eat up alot of your pay but only until you get a better position. Another option where I work is to join the "casual" pool where you are called in to cover sick calls and holidays but it also means you can apply for internal postings and build up your senority. BTW most jobs in the nursing field require shift work because people need care 24/7 so odds are you will have to be willing to work a rotating schedule.

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Pam in Ottawa, Ontario

76 months ago

Welcome to nursing. You need to pay your dues before you can get full time day shifts in most cases. I can assure you that there are a line of people at the hospital who already have senority that are waiting for the perfect shift. When I first started I had to work nights and do shift work before I got full time days. When your a new grad the day shifts are more work and require nurses that are more experienced. You have more people to deal with all at the same time. Any changes will be done and addressed during the day. Day staff take on most of the responsibilities. Occasionally I still do a night if the hospital is stuck. My advice to you is take the night shift and build up your seniority and experience. When they need someone to fill a day shift do it. Show that you can handle a day shift first. When a day position comes up you'll be in line to get it. Keep in mind that people are always moving up and moving on for what ever reasons and if you are working and are a good asset you'll get what you want. It doen't happen over night. The first year of nursing is hard but you'll survive. We all did and now most of us have the shifts we want. Employers might be very annoyed that as a new grad you want to get a day shift when depending on where you've applied, people have been waiting for 5 years or more. Try to apply for hospital positions. The nursing homes will over work you and underpay you. Most of them lack loyalty to their employees. When a day position comes up they will give it to a friend of a friend. Hospitals will go by there policies and by senority. They respect their employees more and pay much better. If you worked nights at a hospital you would get premiums on top of your salary. If your fulltime every time you work an extra shift they pay you double per hour for the shift. If you don't want it taken out in taxes you can ask HR to bank all your extra hours in your RRSP from work. Anyway don't give up.

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Itismecocoa in Tampa, Florida

75 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.

At some facilities they are fazed out but it won't last. I am a new LPN and there are lpn jobs everywhere here in Tampa and near by. The Salaries can be phenomonem if you look around. I make 19.00 Full time Mon thru Fri and of course there's plenty of overtime. I've heard this rumor about LPN 's being phazed out since 1995 but Not gonna ever happen Never Don't believe the hype. Some Hospitals do it. But plenty of them are not and nursing homes all over pay big if you look and will never faze out. They wont pay all those RN in the same facility. My class mates are getting 22-24 PRN.
Put iy like this on every corner of nursing homes They are slways hiring. Get your RN but get the LPN along the way to make some money to support your school better. MA's Cant replace LPN's to many things MA's dont know how to do or the Anatomy and physiology level nurses have.

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Itismecocoa in Tampa, Florida

75 months ago

sandi in Hollywood, Florida said: Great, so why are you on the LPN boards?....and BTW LPNs where I am start at 25 an hr...and I never wipe a "booty"...
you go on loving your 16.00 an hr...

Honey Being an MA is nothing to be writing home about. Average Pay is 8.00 -12.00 ho mostly on the low end. I have never seen a LPN in my 13 years of CNA work wipe a but. I now am a LPN now and neither do I anymore. LPN's make 19-30 Hr darling and you vever looking for a job there is no such thing as looking for work. You just fax a couple of resumes. I have friends that work for Traveling nurses 42$ hour big money ang rewarding career and it's a supervisory position. Most LPN's wouldn't apply at a Dr. office because they just don't pay more than 15 or 16 for nurses. So Maybe your'e just lucky right now. But what happens when you loose your jobs not a dime a dozen job like a nurse. You really got your info crossed. You should do some more research.

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reba ky in Erlanger, Kentucky

75 months ago

I am an LPN. I do make well over $20 an hour. I also wipe plenty of booty. I help my aides as much as I can. I am going to RN school currently and in clinicals I see that they wipe even less booty. I think all nurses should be willing to do so if needed and proud that they are taking good care of their residents/patients. I can't say that it is something I look forward to but it is something I do on a regular basis still. As for MA's in my area. Some of our nurse aides went to school for MA and are still nurse aides because the pay stinks and it is hard to get full time with benefits here.

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deborah in Columbia, South Carolina

75 months ago

Amy said: Hello everyone, I just graduated nursing school in March and am awaiting to take my boards but my concern is that there are not as many LPN positions available as our instructors kept telling us there was and I don't forsee it being easy to attain a job in the field. Can anyone give me some valuable advise.

Thanks


I HAVE BEEN AN LPN FOR 29 YEARS. YOU ARE RIGHT. THEY TRY TO TEL YOU THERE ARE MANY JOBS, BUT THERE ARE NOT UNLESS YOU WANT TO WORK FOR LOW PAY AND IN THE LESSER WORK PSOEITIONS. MY ADVISE IS TO GO AHEAD AND AT LEAST GO FOR A ASSOCIATE RN DEGREE IMMEDIATELY. YOU OPPORTUNITIES WILL EXPONETIALLY EXPAND. USE THE EDUCATION YOU HAVE NOW AND GO FOR YOUR RN. IT'S THE ONLY WAY OUT AND SHOULDN'T TAKE LONG. YOUR SALARY WILL DOUBLE AND YOUR OPPORTUNITIES BECOME ALMOSYT ENDLESS.
THEY ARE NOW GETTING CNA'S TO GIVE OF MEDICATIONS...HOW ABOUT THAT!!!! THEY ARE RUNNING US OUT OF THE FIELD UNLESS THEY GET TIGHT FOR MONEY AND NEED A REAL NURSE, BUT DON'T WANT TO PAY FOR ONE. IT'S HARD TO EVEN GET CERTFICATIONS IN VARIOUS SPECIALTIES IF YOUR'RE NOT AN RN. I HAVE WORKED IN PSYCH FOR THE PAST 8 YEARS, AND I CANNOT BE A CERTIFIED PSYCH NURSE BECUASE I AM AN LPN. ONLY RN'S CAN STUDY AND TAKE THE TEST.
LPN IS A RIP OFF BY SOCIETY AND THE NURSING BOARD POWERS THAT BE AS WELL AS INSURANCE COMPANIES. THE OLD SAYING..LOW-PAID-NURSE=LPN IS VERY TRUE. THERE IS REALLY VERY LITTLE WE DON'T DO AS LPN'S THAT THE RN'S DO.
AGAIN, YOU ARE RIGHT. TAKE THE EDUCATION YOU HAVE NOW AND APPLY IT FOR AT LEAST AN ASSSOCIATE RN DEGREE NOW. YOU WILL BE GALD YOU DID FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.

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reba ky in Erlanger, Kentucky

75 months ago

I agree with going straight into your RN. I am an LPN. I am going back to school for my RN which if I would have just gone a little longer I would have had years ago. I have been fortunate. Never had a hard time finding a job in my area. Make $24 an hour. The fact is once I got my LPN the plan was to keep going for my RN right away but I got so caught up in my new big pay check that I just worked like crazy until now I am burned out and wish I could do something different. I am limited with my LPN and have to stay in LTC if I want to keep making the money I do. So, go for it. If your going to do it go all the way. You will not regret it.

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DEBORAH in Columbia, South Carolina

75 months ago

I TOTALLY AGREE.
BUT I HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION. WE ALL KNOW WHAT LPN/LVN'S DO AND WHAT RN'S DO.
IN MY AREA, OCCASIONAL UNIONS COME IN AND TRY TO MOBILIZE RH'S. THEY TOTALLY IGNORE LPN'S AND WILL NOT COUNT YOUR VOTE.
I WILL POST THAT IN ANOTHER COMMENT.
BUT FOR THE PERSONAL CAREER FRONT NOW FOR THE INDIVIDUAL, I AGREE....GO FAST FOR THE RN. ONLY WAY YOU'LL SURVIVE HALFWAY DECENTLY AND SECURELY.

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Shez in Calgary, Alberta

75 months ago

Hi

I am a recent LPN graduate and was wondering if there is a bridging RN program in ottawa? I was also wondering if your gpa is about a 2.8 would you still have a chance of getting into the program?

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deborah in Columbia, South Carolina

75 months ago

THERE ARE MANY PROGRAMS TO GET INTO RN SCHOOL. I THINK YOUR GPA WOULD BE FINE. MOST PLACES USE YOUR LPN CLASSES AND YOU DO NOT HAVE TO RETAKE THEM, SO YOU GET A LITTLE HEAD START. EXCELCIOR COLLEGE IN NEW YORK, INDIANNA STATE UNIVERSITY, AND RUE UNIVERSITY HAVE BEEN VERY POPULAR IN MY AREA, AND MOST ARE ONLINE CLASSES.
IF NOTHING ELSE, CONTACT SOME SCHOOLS THERE AND BE ADVISED ON WHAT YOU NEED TO DO AND WHERE YOU COULD START, WHAT COURSES THEY WOULD ACCEPT.
DO WHATEVER YOU NEED TO DO IF YOU WISH TO STAY IN NURSING BECAUSE LPN'S ARE THE BOTTOM OF THE BARREL NOW. THEY HAVE NO REAL FUTURE. AND IN THE PAST THEY HAVE BEEN USED FOR MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION, BUT NOW ALOT OF CNA'S ARE BEING 'TRAINED' TO DO THAT. ABOUT THE ONLY REAL OPPORTUNITY IS IN LONG TERM CARE. THE WORKING CONDITIONS ARE USUALLY POOR AS WELL AS THE HOURS AND PAY.
RESPIRATORY THERAPIST REQUIERE AN ASSOCIATE DEGREE AND THEY MAKE ABOUT THE SAME AS AN RN OR MORE, AND HAVE MUCH BETTER WORKING CONDITIONS AS WELL.
WHATEVER YOU DO, DO SOMETHING TO GET INTO AN RN PROGRAM OR DO SOMETHING ELSE MORE RELIABLE. ALL OVER I HAVE HEARD, RN MEANS REAL NURSE AND LPN MEANS LOW PAID NURSE. DO SOMETHING TO MAKE IT GOOD OR YOU'LL BE SORRY LATER, IF NOT ALREADY.

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Jan in Kitchener, Ontario

75 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

75 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

75 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

74 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

74 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

74 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

74 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

74 months ago

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

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Jenn B in Blairsville, Georgia

74 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

74 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

74 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

74 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

74 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

74 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

73 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

73 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

73 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

73 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

73 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

73 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

73 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

73 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

73 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

73 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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