Here is my estimate of income projected at the $10.00 per hour rate cited as compensation for the LPN's being sought by the school district. Please correct these estimates if you feel they are inaccurate.
7 hrs a day X 5 days a week = 35 hours a week
35 hours X $10 per hour = $350.00 a week
9 months a year X 4.1 weeks per month = 36.9 weeks
36.9 weeks X 350.00 per week = $12,915 gross taxable income
$12,915 X 0.8 for taxes = $10,332 per year take home pay
2002 HHS Poverty Guidelines
Size ofFamily Unit 48 ContiguousStates and D.C. Alaska Hawaii
1 $ 8,860 $11,080 $10,200
2 11,940 14,930 13,740
3 15,020 18,780 17,280
4 18,100 22,630 20,820
5 21,180 26,480 24,360
6 24,260 30,330 27,900
7 27,340 34,180 31,440
8 30,420 38,030 34,980
For each additional person, add 3,080 3,850 3,540
Clearly, no one can survive on the wage paid by the school board. Why would a licensed Nurse, LPN of RN want to work with at least double the recommended client load to simply exist in poverty?
I suggest that you use your position in the media to bring the facts to the public of the alleged "Nursing Shortage." The lies of employers continue to be touted as the whole truth with no balanced reporting concerning the cause.
There is no "Nationwide Shortage of Nurses," as touted in your sub-headline over the picture! There is, however, a nationwide environment of inadequate compensation and intolerable working conditions for most Nurses.
I hope that you can find the conscience to balance reporting with facts and respond to the issues I have raised.
Norbert Holz RN