Finally got a job

  1. Yesterday I got my first job as an LPN. I start in one week. At first I wanted to work in my local hospital where I worked as a CNA on a med-surg floor, but they pay the LPN's there $13.00hr & they have mostly the same responsibilities as an RN--IV pushes & hanging blood, just to mention a few, but the get paid $8hr less:angryfire :angryfire I understand that there should be some difference in pay due to the additional education, but 2 semesters?. Added to my decision to go to a LTC facility is the fact that I am good friends with a "new RN" at the hospital who is very smart and quick on her feet. I see days of frustration and just 2 weeks ago she got stuck with 11pts.--she cried. Our floor is soo busy.--- I kind of feel like if I stayed there I would be thrown to the wolves. The long term care facility that I will be working at has some wounds, trachs, vents, feeding tubes, foleys, etc. so I know I will develop better clinical skills. I've decided that I'll try the hospital again after I get my RN....I believe I'll have more confidence, won't feel as lost, and won't have the resentment of getting paid $8 less an hour. I'll keep you all posted on how things work out.
    BTW- starting salary is $18 hr.-- I live in Indiana (NWI). Some of my friends who graduated with me make $20hr and some make $15 with excellent benefits, just in case anyone was wondering.
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   RNKay31
    Wow! wishing you the very best, NY pays 26 per hour for LPNs.
  4. by   Tweety
    Good luck to you.

    It's the same here LTC LPN's make much more than hospital LPNs who are horribly underpaid.

    Congrats!
  5. by   DolphinRN84
    Congratulations to you too! I'm starting a new job as well soon. Wishing you all the best!
  6. by   destiny5
    Thank you all for the encouragement. I am both excited and nervous at the same time. I'll keep you posted.:spin:

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