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scott in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

72 months ago

Is it possible to get a job at a nursing home while attending school for an LPN degree? I will be starting school in January and would like to get a head start if possible. Also, does anyone know how baddly the background check will affect acceptance into nursing school?

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scott in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

72 months ago

Thank you

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janezen123 in Dalton, Georgia

72 months ago

I did not read you inital question/comment, but I too am having EXTREME difficulties in obtaining a nursing job as well due to ONE MISDEMEANOR on my record, it is not nursing related and the TENN BOARD OF NSG has no problem with it, my license is current and valid but I am unable to work. I have been in healthcare for all of my adult life, over 25 years the last nearly 13 as an LPN. and for me it is not a job but a "calling" a vocation. yet my healing touch during a time of SO CALLED "NURSING SHORTAGES" goes untapped and I suffer emotionally and financially because of it and a crappy system of "guilty until proven innocent" and my fear and inability to fight for my innocence, settling for a misdemeanor to protect the very nursing career I am now forced to no longer be a part of!! so I am sympathetic to your cause and anyone out there with advice, or counsel, or direction for me to go to gain employment so I can get my life, my career, my SOUL back on track not just for me, my family, but for all those patients and lives I am prohibited from the benefit of my knowledge, skill and compassion.....THANK YOU!!!!!

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sorry

72 months ago

janezen123 in Dalton, Georgia said: I did not read you inital question/comment, but I too am having EXTREME difficulties in obtaining a nursing job as well due to ONE MISDEMEANOR on my record, it is not nursing related and the TENN BOARD OF NSG has no problem with it, my license is current and valid but I am unable to work. I have been in healthcare for all of my adult life, over 25 years the last nearly 13 as an LPN. and for me it is not a job but a "calling" a vocation. yet my healing touch during a time of SO CALLED "NURSING SHORTAGES" goes untapped and I suffer emotionally and financially because of it and a crappy system of "guilty until proven innocent" and my fear and inability to fight for my innocence, settling for a misdemeanor to protect the very nursing career I am now forced to no longer be a part of!! so I am sympathetic to your cause and anyone out there with advice, or counsel, or direction for me to go to gain employment so I can get my life, my career, my SOUL back on track not just for me, my family, but for all those patients and lives I am prohibited from the benefit of my knowledge, skill and compassion.....THANK YOU!!!!!

I am a little confused by your letter. First if the Tenn.BON have no holds on your license then what is the problem about not being able to work.Second,I notice that on your email it had Dalton,Ga are you trying to get a license in Ga.and that's where your problem is at? It's not enough information.Last, you state that you are prohibited from working if it's not through the BON then who is stopping you?

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sorry

72 months ago

reba ky in Erlanger, Kentucky said: I am in the Cincinnati area. I am looking into Galen school of nursing. They are telling me that if I am willing to go M-F for 12 months I can be done with my RN. Compared to the other schools that are going to drag it out for two more years even though I have my LPN already that sounds good. The draw back is I would have to work weekend doubles to stay full time at work. This sounds daunting but is it worth being done a year sooner? Has anyone else ever been through Galens program?

I know that it is too late to answer your question but I to am planning togo to that same school.Hopefully by now you have finished the program HOW WAS IT?

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janezen123 in Dalton, Georgia

72 months ago

at the present time I am searching for work in the chattanooga, TN area and dalton is convienent as a "base of operations" to search from as it is very close to the chattanooga/cleveland, TN area. And yes the TN-BON has no problem with me continueing to hold a license, but evidently I can not obtain work. EVERY job opportunity, opening, want ad, ect. I have applied to and interviewed for at first go splendidly. They even go as far as drug test me and give me a schedule until BAM the background check comes back showing my ONE misdemeanor and then the offer of employment is withdrawn. One place went as far as tell me that they would love to hire me in 5 years or sooner as soon as the charge drops off my record. So I was hoping someone out there knew of a company that would hire at least on a case by case basis a nurse with good nursing history like me but has a single misdemeanor charge on her record that is NOT related in anyway to nursing or a nursing job.

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sorry

72 months ago

Depending on your misdemeanor you will have to just wait until it's over. I have worked with nurses who has had misdemeanor's charges even drug charges but again the charges was not a threat as far as they work was concerned. The one with the drug problem had to go through a substance abuse program and drug test ever so often. I wish you the best of luck. Maybe try going back to school for your RN and just keep applying for LPN"s jobs.

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LAROCCAML in Hollywood, Florida

72 months ago

I live in the US but want to relocate to Canada with my family.
I am about to start the LPN program, but have a concern.
I can either do my LPN and then do the bridge to Rn which is one year more, or, do the classic RN which takes two years.
Now, If I will be applying for the Canadian skilled worker's program, which will I need to benefit the most?

Thanks

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itscocoa in Tampa, Florida

72 months ago

It depends on your finannces. Are you ready to make money now after a year or after two years? I am an LPN right now I make between 900.00 and 1000.00 a week one week. Last week I grossed 1800.00 one week not biweekly because of overtime. That is enough for me honestly to live. I want for nothing. I have only been a nurse for one year and a half. I plan to take the RN in about two years. I'm gonna work and pay some bills, save some money. Build up some 401k and security for the next two years then when I turn 40 I will bridge the rN in One year. I also just was offered a position as unit manager on a skilled unit. It's not about how long. It's how well you do. I have been everywhere with agency Hospitals and nursing homes,IV certified and I'm a lot more knowledgeable then some that have been nurses for years. They have only been in one place. one job or two. That is the difference.

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LAROCCAML in Hollywood, Florida

72 months ago

itscocoa in Tampa, Florida said: It depends on your finannces. Are you ready to make money now after a year or after two years? I am an LPN right now I make between 900.00 and 1000.00 a week one week. Last week I grossed 1800.00 one week not biweekly because of overtime. That is enough for me honestly to live. I want for nothing. I have only been a nurse for one year and a half. I plan to take the RN in about two years. I'm gonna work and pay some bills, save some money. Build up some 401k and security for the next two years then when I turn 40 I will bridge the rN in One year. I also just was offered a position as unit manager on a skilled unit. It's not about how long. It's how well you do. I have been everywhere with agency Hospitals and nursing homes,IV certified and I'm a lot more knowledgeable then some that have been nurses for years. They have only been in one place. one job or two. That is the difference.

So, you have an agency then, right?
How difficult is it to get into an agency as a new LPN grad. I want to gain all the knowledge and experience that I can while a LPN and then bridge to the RN for an additional year of studies.
I'd like to know the process of getting hired by an agency and how it works.

Thanks for all the help and wise advice!!

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Linda Troiano LPN in Columbus, Ohio

72 months ago

I too, have tons of experience, as staff, traveler and management. NEVER limiting myself to "comfort" positions. What agency do you work for in the Tampa area? I am planning to re-locate to Bradenton this fall. I have worked in the Clearwater/St. Pete area as a traveler and have worked for a couple of different agencies....however I was there last fall and NO ONE had any work! No matter how much experience you had. Thanks for posting such a positive comment R/E LPNs... Linda Columbus, Ohio

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US Yankee in Hamden, Connecticut

72 months ago

lisa in Glastonbury, Connecticut said: Pam, thank you so much for the information. I speak Italian, Spanish and English and throughout my career I have always used that to my advantage as far as pay. I am really glad that you gave me the information you did, I was trying hard no to be discouraged by quite a few of the comments on here. Do you knwo anything about the LPN-RN bridge courses? I eventually would like to be an RN but due to having a mortgage and a million other bills my schedule is so restricted to just giving up work. The LPN program in my area is 730am until 230 pm monday thru friday for the two years. I have called a lot of the nursing schools in my area to go th ern route but obtaining the pre reqs required is two years alone! Then an additional two years for the ADN to be an RN, does the formal education make a huge difference?

Lisa, have you tried Gateway in Hamden? They have evening and weekend courses, not just for prerequisites, but nursing as well.

To the nurse in Florida, how many hours did it take you to gross $1,800, because I know the pay in Florida/Louisiana is way lower than in the North.

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skyandwater@msn.com in Graham, North Carolina

72 months ago

hello, i am not in n.c but the thing won't let me change it
i am from s.c. and it is not hard at all to GROSS 1800/month
it's fairly normal here. in fact, i know 23 rn grads who have been lpns for a long time,. got their rn, and then the facility wants to pay them less than what they were getting as an lpn because they don't have 'rn' expirience.
it is my personal opinion that the facilities are cutting back on staffing so that they want experienced nursed so they can be sure of patient care while stretching the nurse.
in fact, i was thinking of going for my rn, but at any age over 30, it seems a losing propsition right now.
i take home about 1300.00 a pay period.

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US Yankee in Hamden, Connecticut

72 months ago

Skyandwater, a pay period is every two weeks? Or twice a month?

Yes, I got hurt by them cutting back. In one evening I was the nurse on the rehab floor, an aid on the rehab floor, watching a dangerous fall risk (she had broken her arm and nose while in the hospital for something else), and then at 7 pm I was told I was going to be given another floor (25 more patients) in ADDITION to what I was already doing. I couldn't in my conscience leave the fall risk patient with the only CNA I had on the rehab floor, because she would have fallen on the floor while the aide was in the rooms doing pm care. So I dragged the med cart on the other floor--whose steering was difficult due to some problem with the sheels--pulling the med cart with my right hand, pulling the wheel chair with my other hand, all the way down the hall as I was passing meds. I was injured by an Alzheimer's patient a few months earlier, twisting my wrist digging his nails into me and not letting go until I got other staff assistance... so that just made it worse. Then a patient grabbed my wrist to pull herself up before I knew what she was doing and I felt a sharp pain. Then after I was done with meds and treatments and paperwork on that floor, I went back to the other floor and was assisting the CNA and my muscles were tired, my wrist probably reinjured by the med cart and the patient yanking on my wrist to pull herself up and I am sure initiated the weakness and sharp pain I got when I assisted the CNA causing me to lose my grasp, causing me to compensate by pulling with the rest of my body, injuring my back and popping a hernia. After I got injured, they would not take me back, not light duty (one week couldn't work, two weeks light duty) or when I was fully recovered. There may be a nursing shortage, but not for LPNs in this area. I am having a very difficult time getting a job. The few interviews I have had, I have not been hired. Blacklisting me has been a constant thought in my brain. Good luck!

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US Yankee in Hamden, Connecticut

72 months ago

I meant wheels--not sheels! lol

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sorry

72 months ago

itscocoa in Tampa, Florida said: It depends on your finannces. Are you ready to make money now after a year or after two years? I am an LPN right now I make between 900.00 and 1000.00 a week one week. Last week I grossed 1800.00 one week not biweekly because of overtime. That is enough for me honestly to live. I want for nothing. I have only been a nurse for one year and a half. I plan to take the RN in about two years. I'm gonna work and pay some bills, save some money. Build up some 401k and security for the next two years then when I turn 40 I will bridge the rN in One year. I also just was offered a position as unit manager on a skilled unit. It's not about how long. It's how well you do. I have been everywhere with agency Hospitals and nursing homes,IV certified and I'm a lot more knowledgeable then some that have been nurses for years. They have only been in one place. one job or two. That is the difference.

Good Afternoon itscocoa in Tampa,
I was just visiting in the area this weekend and what a beautiful place Tampa is.It's so nice that I would like to relocate there soon. How is the pay for LPN with over 15 years of long term and skill exp.?What is a good place to work for there? and have you heard of Galen College there? Would appreciate all info that you can share with me.

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itscocoa in Tampa, Florida

71 months ago

Galen is a great school to go to. There are plenty of jobs. I would say go on craigslist, monsterjobs.com and career builder. there are more wesites. I just was looking. I just got hired at Kindred Hosp and I do Hospice c Agency. Salary varies between 18 and 23 for an LPN. But it also depends on yearsof experience. I am a new nurse. I have a year and seven months under my belt . I have one year hosp and one yeas longterm so I can get in anywhere.

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sorry

71 months ago

itscocoa in Tampa, Florida said: Galen is a great school to go to. There are plenty of jobs. I would say go on craigslist, monsterjobs.com and career builder. there are more wesites. I just was looking. I just got hired at Kindred Hosp and I do Hospice c Agency. Salary varies between 18 and 23 for an LPN. But it also depends on yearsof experience. I am a new nurse. I have a year and seven months under my belt . I have one year hosp and one yeas longterm so I can get in anywhere.

Thank You for the information I have years of exp. in long term care and skill units working in rehab/skill/nursing homes. The salary that you quoted is it for a new LPN or is it for experience LPN? The salary quoted is it for agency,hospital or nursing homes? Waiting for your response to help quide me towards my move to Tampa.

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itscocoa in Tampa, Florida

71 months ago

its a set salary. like ursing homes maybe 21 hosptals 23 something like that. they dont go by experience but you need at least one year. you get same day pay here if you want it with agencies which is convienient.

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itscocoa in Tampa, Florida

71 months ago

US Yankee in Hamden, Connecticut said: Lisa, have you tried Gateway in Hamden? They have evening and weekend courses, not just for prerequisites, but nursing as well.

To the nurse in Florida, how many hours did it take you to gross $1,800, because I know the pay in Florida/Louisiana is way lower than in the North.

I was only at a salary of 21.00 an hur but it was a lot of over time and holiday pay. I did two doubles back to back wich was at time and a alf and I worked the whole week . I think it was four more extra shifts plus. My eight hour shifts lasts one to two hours over with notes and extra stff. I got out late every night . So it added up more overtime. Probably another whole eight hours. Five shifts approx overtime. Sorry I just read your message.

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itscocoa in Tampa, Florida

71 months ago

I work for maxim. I also do Hospice on call 12 hour shifts.

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vintage_lover in Boca Raton, Florida

71 months ago

Hi everyone,
Does anyone have any information about Broward Technical Center? I was thinking of taking an administrative assistant training there and wanted to know if anybody knew anything...Thanks, anything would b helpful.

Thanks!

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roble in Miami, Florida

70 months ago

Brenda in Pompano Beach, Florida said: I was wondering if you could please help me. I am interested in being a LPN but cannot find a school in the South Florida area, Ft Lauderdale is where I'm looking. I see a lot of RN schools, but no LPN.

Go to Davie, Broward County, look for McFatter Technical Center, is cheap, around 4000, and is accredited.

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itscocoa in Tampa, Florida

70 months ago

I'm not familiar with that area sorry.

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Donna

69 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

how did you get a contract? I'm in West Palm currently looking for a better paying job

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Donna

69 months ago

itscocoa in Tampa, Florida said: It depends on your finannces. Are you ready to make money now after a year or after two years? I am an LPN right now I make between 900.00 and 1000.00 a week one week. Last week I grossed 1800.00 one week not biweekly because of overtime. That is enough for me honestly to live. I want for nothing. I have only been a nurse for one year and a half. I plan to take the RN in about two years. I'm gonna work and pay some bills, save some money. Build up some 401k and security for the next two years then when I turn 40 I will bridge the rN in One year. I also just was offered a position as unit manager on a skilled unit. It's not about how long. It's how well you do. I have been everywhere with agency Hospitals and nursing homes,IV certified and I'm a lot more knowledgeable then some that have been nurses for years. They have only been in one place. one job or two. That is the difference.
What kind of place do you work at a nursing home ? how many hours do you put in a week for 900.00 and 1,000 a week?

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Donna

69 months ago

Donna said: What kind of place do you work at a nursing home ? how many hours do you put in a week for 900.00 and 1,000 a week?

sorry started reading more and found your other answer's

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itscocoa in Louisville, Kentucky

69 months ago

Sounds good. Sounds like my situation. I work three days at hospital and a couple other pool position jobs. I agree I am a little bit more knowledgeable than some nurses that hae been in long term forever. You get a different respect. It's a whole new world.

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itscocoa in Louisville, Kentucky

69 months ago

I work three jobs right now. I get about 15 to 1600 a week. But most of the jobs I ve always made a thousand thats average. I get differntial pay then no benefits. At least 24 an hour at the hospital. And Im thinking of going pool its 30 an hour. Im starting school next month. I do Hospice at 23 an hour. theses are all 12 hour shifts so the hours add up quick. I use to get 24 at another nursing home .Pay day is every fri not biweekly like most places. The jobs and money r out there. I also get 50 an hour with agency for family teaching visits. Ususally just one hour a client. I do a couple of those cases on my day off.

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sorry

69 months ago

itscocoa in Louisville, Kentucky said: I work three jobs right now. I get about 15 to 1600 a week. But most of the jobs I ve always made a thousand thats average. I get differntial pay then no benefits. At least 24 an hour at the hospital. And Im thinking of going pool its 30 an hour. Im starting school next month. I do Hospice at 23 an hour. theses are all 12 hour shifts so the hours add up quick. I use to get 24 at another nursing home .Pay day is every fri not biweekly like most places. The jobs and money r out there. I also get 50 an hour with agency for family teaching visits. Ususally just one hour a client. I do a couple of those cases on my day off.

I have been reading your responses to the job market in Ky. and I am surprise at the rates that you are quoting.I am relocating there in Jan.2010 to start the RN program that is located in Louisville.You said that there you get paid weekly is that at all jobs? how is the pay in the nursing homes(rehab/ltc)? How is housing there (rental) houses not apartments? I will appreciate all info thanks

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summer in Washington, District of Columbia

69 months ago

Hi everyone I have a quick question once you are an LPN how do you go about finding a job with no prior experience in this field.

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Kat in Arlington, Texas

69 months ago

summer in Washington, District of Columbia said: Hi everyone I have a quick question once you are an LPN how do you go about finding a job with no prior experience in this field.

The area where I live hires new LVNs particularly in LTC/SNF. Usually you should just go and fill out the application in person and expect an on the spot interview.

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Jennifer in East Orange, New Jersey

69 months ago

LOL

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ljm253 in Franklin, Massachusetts

69 months ago

Hi Everyone,
I am planning on taking an entrance exam soon and looking to apply to a schhool for LPN program. I was just wondering if anyone can give me some insight into what I would be getting myself into. I already am a CNA/HHA in a homecare agency but have not worked in a nursing home or rehab facility. I was hoping someone could give me some ideas as to what their workday consist of and how they feel after getting into this profession. I am curious to what task you perform thruout your day. Thank you very much in advance.

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skyandwater in columbia, South Carolina

68 months ago

it's stressful enough to be an RN, but the opportunities are much greater and the pay is about double LPN pay.
GO TO RN SCHOOL NOT LPN SCHOOL!!!!!!!!

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Mary 1Nurse in Louisville, Kentucky

68 months ago

ljm253 in Franklin, Massachusetts said: Hi Everyone,
I am planning on taking an entrance exam soon and looking to apply to a schhool for LPN program. I was just wondering if anyone can give me some insight into what I would be getting myself into. I already am a CNA/HHA in a homecare agency but have not worked in a nursing home or rehab facility. I was hoping someone could give me some ideas as to what their workday consist of and how they feel after getting into this profession. I am curious to what task you perform thruout your day. Thank you very much in advance.

Your work day will vary depending on the type of facility/company you work for. There are various nursing positions, what area of nursing are you planning to go into..where do you think you may want to go to work after completing school? Home health, hospital, agency, ltc, prison, school, Dr. office, immediate care center, rehab, mental health, Veterans hospital, insurance company, factory, your day will depend on where you work.

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Sonya

68 months ago

Donna said: how did you get a contract? I'm in West Palm currently looking for a better paying job

Hello Donna, are you working in the South Florida area, such as Broward County? I am looking to relocate to the Ft. Lauderdale area in June and I wanted to know where are the best places to search. I have been looking in dialysis, hospitals and maybe home health. My most experience is Med-Surg and home health, no dialysis, but I wouldn't mind cross training. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Sonya

68 months ago

sandi in Hollywood, Florida said: LOL, you are GLAD, you are only making 16.00 an hr?...and you have a "degree"?? you should ask for your money back...lol...
I no longer work, because I do not have to, but I keep my LPN license...the last time I worked, was 4 years ago, and then, as an LPN I was making 24.00 hr. In a rehab hospital ( LTC facility).
And do not tell lies, LPN's in LTC are almost always the charge nurse on the floor...we also give meds, do the charting, take physican orders, send patients to the ER and hospital when they need to go, perform CPR, start IV's, perform treatments and dressings, perform daily, weekly and monthly evaluations...perform discharge planning as well as patient care plans...and more...
MA's could not, and do not perform these functions, you simply are not trained for it.
And in most states MA's do not have a state license, you merely have your school certifications...you practice under the doctors license, we practice under our own.
You, want to be a nurse...but you simply are not.

Hello Sandi, I am looking to relocated to the Ft. Lauderdale area this summer. Do you have any suggestions on the better jobs/companies/hospitals to work for? I have been an LPN for 7yrs and currently working on my RN online. My bkground is Med Surg and home health. I have heard so many good things about the Cleveland Clinic. Also I saw where DaVita dialysis is hiring LPN at certain locations. Any info would be greatly appreciated such as: best agencies for hospital or home health private duty or visits. Thanks in advance.... I hope I made sense. :-)

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Sonya

68 months ago

roble in Miami, Florida said: Go to Davie, Broward County, look for McFatter Technical Center, is cheap, around 4000, and is accredited.

Hello Roble, I am looking to relocated to the Ft. Lauderdale area this summer. Do you have any suggestions on the better jobs/companies/hospitals to work for? I have been an LPN for 7yrs and currently working on my RN online. My bkground is Med Surg and home health. I have heard so many good things about the Cleveland Clinic. Also I saw where DaVita dialysis is hiring LPN at certain locations. Any info would be greatly appreciated such as: best agencies for hospital or home health private duty or visits. Thanks in advance.... I hope I made sense. :-)

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Sonya

68 months ago

LAROCCAML in Hollywood, Florida said: So, you have an agency then, right?
How difficult is it to get into an agency as a new LPN grad. I want to gain all the knowledge and experience that I can while a LPN and then bridge to the RN for an additional year of studies.
I'd like to know the process of getting hired by an agency and how it works.

Thanks for all the help and wise advice!!

Have you had any luck agencies? I'm looking to relocate to Ft. Lauderdale in June. I'm an LPN with 7yrs of experience in Med Surg and home health. Can you give me any leads on jobs? Thanks in advance.

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Kim in Denver, Colorado

68 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

Being a new graduate also, I applied everywhere, I found several facilities that hire new nurses PRN. It is good experience, but be very careful about the amount of orientation practices of some facilities, insist on orientation of all required paper work, and documentation, or PRN may bite you in the behind.

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Kim in Denver, Colorado

68 months ago

skyandwater in columbia, South Carolina said: it's stressful enough to be an RN, but the opportunities are much greater and the pay is about double LPN pay.
GO TO RN SCHOOL NOT LPN SCHOOL!!!!!!!!

Getting in to RN school in colorado is nearly impossible unless you can afford a private college. I graduated from my LPN courses in 7-08 and worked for about a year before I was able to get into an LPN to BSN program.

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Mary 1Nurse in Louisville, Kentucky

68 months ago

sorry said: I have been reading your responses to the job market in Ky. and I am surprise at the rates that you are quoting.I am relocating there in Jan.2010 to start the RN program that is located in Louisville.You said that there you get paid weekly is that at all jobs? how is the pay in the nursing homes(rehab/ltc)? How is housing there (rental) houses not apartments? I will appreciate all info thanks

I am LPN working agency in Louisville, with one of my agencies I have an agreement to be paid 25 an hour no matter where I choose to work. Often times that rate is increased to 27 an hour for late calls or calls I accept after others cancel and the agency doesn't want to leave the Hospital/facility in a bind. Yes, every agency I work for pays at least weekly, but I work for one that pays 65% of your rate the following week day. If I work a noc shift and get off at 0700, 65% of my pay is loaded onto a debit card (issued by the agency) between 1-3p that SAME day. Another pays 75% in check form as long as you can summit your time slip and pick it up by 4p, and yet another pays 100% by check no later than 2p that same day. If you are unable to receive pay the same day, it is still available to u the next WEEKDAY. All other monies issued weekly by check. But u need to be sharp to work agency and make good pay, often times there is absolutely NO ORIENTATION. The better u adjust and make ur self available the more calls you get. However, you are free to turn down any assignment without penalty.

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68 months ago

Mary 1Nurse in Louisville, Kentucky said: I am LPN working agency in Louisville, with one of my agencies I have an agreement to be paid 25 an hour no matter where I choose to work. Often times that rate is increased to 27 an hour for late calls or calls I accept after others cancel and the agency doesn't want to leave the Hospital/facility in a bind. Yes, every agency I work for pays at least weekly, but I work for one that pays 65% of your rate the following week day. If I work a noc shift and get off at 0700, 65% of my pay is loaded onto a debit card (issued by the agency) between 1-3p that SAME day. Another pays 75% in check form as long as you can summit your time slip and pick it up by 4p, and yet another pays 100% by check no later than 2p that same day. If you are unable to receive pay the same day, it is still available to u the next WEEKDAY. All other monies issued weekly by check. But u need to be sharp to work agency and make good pay, often times there is absolutely NO ORIENTATION. The better u adjust and make ur self available the more calls you get. However, you are free to turn down any assignment without penalty.

That sounds good but how is the pay for LTC/REHAB facilities? being new to the area would be very hard for me to do agency work.

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Mary 1Nurse in Louisville, Kentucky

68 months ago

Kim in Denver, Colorado said: Being a new graduate also, I applied everywhere, I found several facilities that hire new nurses PRN. It is good experience, but be very careful about the amount of orientation practices of some facilities, insist on orientation of all required paper work, and documentation, or PRN may bite you in the behind.[/QUOTE

Kim is 100% correct. Working PRN you have one shot at orientation and you must take advantage of it. I wouldn't necessarily recommend it for new nurses though. Being successful at PRN depends on the Nurse and his/her past experience in health care, adaptability, and confidence in ones self. You may be hired and trained in January yet not get a call until February. The assignment you get may not be on the same unit or shift you were trained on and you may not have much of an support system when you report. You will be expected to know your stuff when you are assigned, "I wasn't trained for this is no excuse". There is plenty of paperwork and every facility does it a little differently, however, you should know how to complete an assessment, read and follow written instructions and use good critical thinking skills. This is the reason new nurses have difficulty getting hired. It takes experience to walk in and run a unit with little or no immediate assistance. PRN work as well as Agency work can make or break you.

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Mary 1Nurse in Louisville, Kentucky

68 months ago

sorry said: That sounds good but how is the pay for LTC/REHAB facilities? being new to the area would be very hard for me to do agency work.

LTC for LPN's 16.50 to 20 an hour. Depending on which facility of course. Not all will pay by experience, but most do. The average LTC/Rehab facility usually offers 17.50 for 2-3 years experience on day shift. Second, third and weekend differentials are added to this base pay. PRN varies form 19-22 an hour. Some facilities determine what rate of pay you qualify for then add $2 to that rate, giving you your PRN rate. Some offer a straight $22 an hour regardless of what your rate may be. Being new will not stop you from doing agency work. I started agency work and a full time job IMMEDIATELY after relocating here. You have a computer and other resources for directions to jobs. All LTC centers operate basically the same way. Many have sister facilities in this same area. When working agency you can choose to go to one or two facilities only, not different locations each time you work.

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68 months ago

Mary 1Nurse in Louisville, Kentucky said:

I am not a new nurse. I have 19 years as a LPN I will just be new to the area and state.

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Mary 1Nurse in Louisville, Kentucky

68 months ago

LTC/REHAB...Signature health care east is now hiring for 12 hrs day and night shifts. They pay 22 an hour for PRN. that may be the easier route, you can work more than fulltime workers right now! See their add on indeed. com. Signature in Bedord,KY (45 min.) is hiring 12 hrs day and Nights. Baptist Hosp Northeast in Lagrange is hiring LPN's for 12hrs day/nights, med-surg (20-25 min). Episcopal Church home is hiring part time and PRN. 8 and 12 hrs. Hcr is hiring for 8 hour shifts. Oaklawn is hiring for 12 and 8 hours shifts. The job market shifts for nusres here about every 3 months. There is a LTC facility about every 3 miles around here. Hopes this help, keep in contact if you need assistance. I have names, numbers and addresses for those who have the right credentials and are serious about working. I am not saying that all of these facilities are the best places, however I don't like to speak ill of any facility because I believe strongly that the facility is a good as it's staff. With the exception of HCR I have worked in each facility.

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Mary 1Nurse in Louisville, Kentucky

68 months ago

FIRST YOU NEED TO SEE IF YOUR LICENSE IS GOOD FOR KY, IF NOT START THE ENDORSEMENT PROCESS RIGHT AWAY.
O.K. I didn't know how much experience you had...I can only go by what I know is a fact. I have no idea how high the pay will actually go, but this gives you a baseline. I didn't receive my License until 2005 from Indiana, but I had plenty of experience in health care before becoming a LPN. I just moved to Louisville in December 2006. The pay around here is not very high for ANY JOBS, but the cost of living is low. Apartment rentals are CHEAP!

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68 months ago

Mary 1Nurse in Louisville, Kentucky said: LTC for LPN's 16.50 to 20 an hour. Depending on which facility of course. Not all will pay by experience, but most do. The average LTC/Rehab facility usually offers 17.50 for 2-3 years experience on day shift. Second, third and weekend differentials are added to this base pay. PRN varies form 19-22 an hour. Some facilities determine what rate of pay you qualify for then add $2 to that rate, giving you your PRN rate. Some offer a straight $22 an hour regardless of what your rate may be. Being new will not stop you from doing agency work. I started agency work and a full time job IMMEDIATELY after relocating here. You have a computer and other resources for directions to jobs. All LTC centers operate basically the same way. Many have sister facilities in this same area. When working agency you can choose to go to one or two facilities only, not different locations each time you work.

Thank you for the information and I did not think about using mapquest. But that is a great idea.

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