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I'm currently a dental hygienist in Jonesboro, AR and thinking about going to ASU to get a BSN. There is currently a lack of jobs for hygienists, I've been without a job for 3 months!
Just wanted to know if there's really a need for RN's in Jonesboro? What is the standard rate of pay in Northeast Arkansas? I just don't want to go back to school and not have a job when I get out.
I was also thinking about going on to become a CRNA.
Just need some help deciding what to do. I appreciate any advice anyone can give.
I live in Piggott about 1 hr. northeast of Jonesboro. I read the Jonesboro Sun online just about every day. The classifieds always have ads wanting RNs. I am an LPN but will be returning to school in the fall to finish my ASN degree. The average pay for RNs varies by the practice area, i.e. long term care, doctor office, or hospital. The need for RNs is greater in the hospitals as there are more positions open. I think there are some hospitals that will only employ RNs. To work in certain speciality areas of the hospital such as ICU, I believe you must be an RN. This is the area you must work for 1 year in order to meet the minimum experience requirements to apply to CRNA school.(some schools require 2 years experience in ICU)
In long term care, the LPN can perform most duties that an RN can. This is my practice area. There are administrative positions in long term care and some office jobs for RNs. Mostly it depends on the individual facilities and their policies.
I think an estimate of pay in Jonesboro might be an "average" base wage of around $17 to $19 dollars an hr and may vary some. You will have shift differentials, speciality area differentials, and sometimes they pay more for people to work weekend hrs. I have been told by RNs that the pay difference for having obtained your BSN rather than ASN is only about $0.25-0.35 more per hr in the hospitals.
You will have no problem finding a job once obtaining your RN. The shortage is too great, especially for the RNs.