Florida LPN school? - page 3

Just curious. I want to start LPN school but so far the only one in Orlando is Orlando Tech in Downtown. Does any one know of any other LPN schools that are only 1 year to 18 months?... Read More

  1. by   busylady61
    Yea Lizzy congratulations!

    LOL once I get that nursing degree -- no more Target clothes and Payless shoes for me! I am also going to throw out all of my Maybelline make-up and replace it with M.A.C. And get my highlights done at the salon instead of trying to do it at home with a $5 L'oreal kit. Hehe! Oh yeah and I think I will be needing to replace my old Honda buggy with a brand new SUV. Yeah!
  2. by   luv4nursing
    Quote from busylady61
    Yea Lizzy congratulations!

    LOL once I get that nursing degree -- no more Target clothes and Payless shoes for me! I am also going to throw out all of my Maybelline make-up and replace it with M.A.C. And get my highlights done at the salon instead of trying to do it at home with a $5 L'oreal kit. Hehe! Oh yeah and I think I will be needing to replace my old Honda buggy with a brand new SUV. Yeah!
    LOL, Im going to be upgrading too! No more thrift stores/garage sales/ebay bargains for me. And I will be ALL OVER some MAC makeup! And Ill be trading in my 91 mazday mx3 (HA) for a Chrystler 300C baby! lol But first and foremost, I hope to purchase my 1st home!
  3. by   busylady61
    You will be able to afford a beautiful new home with brand new carpeting and new kitchen appliances and everything. Wait and see! Oh yeah... and with your new pay raise you will be able to afford to go furniture shopping too!

    My personal dream is to have a fireplace one day. Just a little fireplace with a mantle , and candles on top. That would be so cool, espcecially at this time of year next to a Christmas tree!
  4. by   Ltorres5351
    That sounds really nice, well my dream car is a BMW 325 or the Z4 convertible. I also would like to put my daughter in Private school. But for that I have to be able to have a job, not justa Nurse but a place that there is respect w/ one another. sometimesu earn all this money but the employees are horrible.

    Lizzy
  5. by   busylady61
    Lizzy, I am sure you will find what you are looking for.

    I agree that respect is so important in the workplace.

    No amount of money is worth putting up with a negative atmosphere.

    Fortunately there are so many opportunities in nursing, that a good candidate such as yourself/(ourselves! lol) should have no trouble finding wonderful jobs in nurturing, positive environments.

    Oh, yeah, and let's dream big while we're at it. The BMW sounds seriously fun.... I never pictured myself behind the wheel of a BMW but you never know what the future holds, eh?
  6. by   Ltorres5351
    Thanks for responding, Are u a NUrse?

    Do you know by any chance, what is the salary for LPNS in FL. DO u think that Medical assistants do the same work as the LPNS
  7. by   luv4nursing
    Quote from Ltorres5351
    Thanks for responding, Are u a NUrse?

    Do you know by any chance, what is the salary for LPNS in FL. DO u think that Medical assistants do the same work as the LPNS
    sorry, you werent talking to me directly but I thought Id answer anyway lol. LPNs make anywhere from $15-$21/hr in this area, depending on whether you work in home health, assisted living, or LTC (LTC paying the most).

    Medical Assistants dont do the same thing LPNs do. Their training isnt as thorough or intense as LPN training, which is why many who dont pass the entrance test for LPN school go to be an MA bc its easier. They are hiring more MAs in Dr.s offices now bc they can pay them less money. It is a year f training, just like LPN, but the knowledge base is not the same.

    I strongly suggest taking the little bit of extra effort to get your LPN and not your MA. There is nothing wrong with being and MA, but once you become one, that is all you will ever be unless you go back to school and start all over again. I would rather spend that same year in LPN school where you are now a part of an excellent career ladder where you have room for advancement and mobility. You can continue on for another year to become an RN, go on for your BSN, MSN, and so on. IMO MA's sell themselves short. You can never move up from there. Just my .02!
  8. by   Ltorres5351
    Thanks for responding, I don't only write to a specific person anyone can answer the forum. Thats great! Do you think that in Miami the range of salary of an LPN should be less or more? I currently was accepted to the LPN program. But Im just having issues w/ financial aide due to that I already have Bachelors degree in Health and I had to take loans so Im almost exceeding the amount. Program is 24,000.00 for the LPN and I am willing to pay 13,000 up front do you have any suggestions. Tuition sounds very expensive but its including uniforms, equipments, books, and license test at the end. What do u think since you are a LPN is it worth it?

    Also I just wanted to know about the MA because if I will be paying all that money to do the same job that they do I might of just not take LPN and go straight for my RN.

    LIz:yeahthat:

    Lizzy
  9. by   busylady61
    I would think that the salary would be slightly higher in Miami, simply because the cost of housing is higher in Miami than in Orlando. By housing, I mean the median cost of homes.

    Also, when I went to Salary.com Job Salaries & Compensation Survey Software just now and did a salary search on LPN's in Orlando, it said 80% of them make from $31,000 to $41,000.

    When I typed in a Miami zip code, it said $32,000 to $43,000.

    Remember, the low end of that salary range includes LPNs who choose to work in places that p ay far less, such as hospitals.

    :icon_cool:
  10. by   Ltorres5351
    Thanks for responding with that info. Im wondering if paying 24,000.00 for the LPN program is worth it. This tuition is including scrubs, books, equipments, and the license test at the end. What do you think?
  11. by   mgalloLPN
    I think that is really high for tuition for LPN. The school I was looking in to was Orlando Tech and it is only about $4000
  12. by   Ltorres5351
    Thanks for responding Im so confused with tuition rates. I am planning to get married soon.. I am originally from NYC but just moved out to FL and am not a resident for fl until a yr so i GET CHARGED AS A OUT OF STATE STUDENT, mY OTHER OPTION IS WAIT TIL i GET MARRIED AND THAN THET CAN CONSIDER ME AS A RESIDENT OF FL. WHICH I AM IN ABOUT A MONTH..

    LIZZY
  13. by   busylady61
    Hi Lizzy,

    $24,000 does seem really high. But it really all depends. If you are able to pay it, and if it will put you on your way sooner, then it may be worth it.

    Personally if I could just snap my fingers and start nursing school tomorrow, no matter what the cost, I would... but in fact I am flat broke and so I must wait for the most affordable option to start in August... part time evening LPN school at vocational tech (cost, $3,800).

    It will be 18 months, January 2009, before I even finish my LPN. After that I can continue working toward a bachelor's or masters. That is a long time but I am going to do it.

    In your situation, one way of looking at it is... yes, $24k is a lot of money to spend, but if it gets you on your way faster, then your earning power will go up faster. The money you spent up front to get the nursing degree quickly, you can make up for it in a year or two by pulling in more money. Whereas if you wait and wait to get into the less expensive school, you will stay at low wages for a longer time until you complete the nursing studies.

    Of course I don't know all the in's and out's of your situation, and I realize it may be more complicated than that. But it's something to think about.

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