I'm sure you already know that LPNs (LVNs in Ca), are pretty much kicked out of major hospitals by now. Therefore, they are forced to work in sub-acute, clinics,LTC... etc.
Considering this: The standard around the LA County area, goes like:
(approx.) 1 yr experience
Nursing Homes - pay the most usually $18-24
Clincs - $16-21
Home Health $pays per visit... can reallly add up
In all reality, Ca does not have a nursing shortage. With the economy in the dump, a lot of retired nurses have rejoined the workforce, and new grads find it harder and harder to find jobs. Older nurses are holding on to their jobs longer causeing a back up of the student vs mentor passing of the torch. Hospitals are pushing to only hire BSN-RNs, which in turn forces ADN-RNs to take up much needed lower echelon jobs from the LPNs. Its rough out here, (I'm a LVN as well) I decided to just go back to school and get that BSN. Happy Hunting!!!