Do LPN's get the pay they deserve? - page 7

I am an LPN in SW Missouri. I make $11.50 an hour. I do 90% of the same job that the RN's do on my floor. Am I whining? Do LPN's really get what they deserve? Does LPN really stand for Low Paid... Read More

  1. by   stn2003
    first off- i'm not a nurse, yet : ) this is what goes on at the hosp where i'm employed (as a PCT):

    PCTs/CNAs make 8-9
    LPNs make 14
    NRS Interns start at 18
    RNs start at 20-21

    Personally, I think we all are underpaid for what we do and the stress we work with daily : )

    I Think it is silly that the LPNs make less than our interns, considering that being an intern at our hosp consists of 'shadowing' the RN on her pt. load and only having the legal scope of a CNA.

    The LPNs where I work are amazing and work their behinds off. They are all IV certified. I def think they should make closer to the RN salary, and def more than the interns make.

    I know that RNs at my facility have to do things that the LPNs do not, including: all IV Push meds, blood products, talking with docs, reviewing assessments and charting for their team etc. , but alot of times the LPNs get stuck with the really involved, needy, time consuming pts. so that the RNs have more time to 'manage' their team.

    Our LPNs keep asking for a pay raise and our nurse manager keeps telling them to go back to school : /

    blah. i think all of our nurses deserve a pay raise.
  2. by   RobLPN
    Quote from lady_jh_98
    I've been a nurse for a 1 1/2 yrs; employed at a hospital in Louisiana. My base pay is $13.18/hr. The night differential is $3.00/hr and the weekend differential is $2.00/hr. So I make anywhere from $15.18 - 18.18/hr as an Lpn

    that is out of school type pay. My base pay is 18 with 9 total shift diff. My wife's base is 23 with 2 Shift.
  3. by   LPN1974
    [QUOTE=lindarn][QUOTE=schroeders_piano]
    Quote from Houstonnurse
    PERSONALLY, 11 bucks an hr is SO LOW it's outragous,


    I have been reading these post with a very open mind. It wasn't that long ago when I was an LPN working Med/Surg for $12.07/hr. Now I am a RN and one of the night shift charge nurses for the unit. I make $14.77/hr. I currently have 3 LPNs working on my unit and the nights that they work doubles my patient load. As the RN I am responsible for the LPNs patients. I also have to do IV push meds and IV starts. My facility does not allow LPNs to call doctors or take telephone orders. IMO LPNs are not paid what they deserve, but neither are RNs. There has been nights when I was the only RN on the Med/Surg unit with 2 LPNs. These nights are horrible. The LPNs on my unit are well trained, but the LPNs still cannot perform several number of tasks that the RN must do.

    Here in Spokane Washington, Sacred Heart just laid off ALL of their LPNs and are hiring more RN's and CNA's to replace them. They cited the same issues that you just did. An RN has double the patient load & responsibility when there are LPN's. They are not a bargain to have. They are too limited in their scope of practice and make more work for the RN.

    To answer your question, NO, as an RN, you do not get paid enough to be responsible for someones else' patients. LPNs get paid enough in my opinion realted to their low level of education and limited scope of practice.

    Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
    Spokane, Washington
    If I had to work under you, I might just say, "Ya know what? You can have this job. Low pay and insulting remarks do not make a good place to work. :angryfire"
    BTW I work in Arkansas and I make 18.52.....Licensed Practical Nurse.
    Your pay didn't go up much when you became an RN did it?"

    Tell your low level educated nurses to come to Arkansas. We need nurses and we will pay em more than what you're getting as an RN.
    Then maybe your job won't be so hard when the LPNs are out of your hair.
  4. by   GN1974
    Quote from RobLPN
    that is out of school type pay. My base pay is 18 with 9 total shift diff. My wife's base is 23 with 2 Shift.
    Hmmm...seems pretty high to me. I don't see those kind of wages here in central Florida. New grad RN's start at $17-18 base with 5-7 in noc difs and 2-3 more for weekends. I have been an LPN for a decade and the highest I made with diff is about $20.00. Good for you! What state are you in? Cali?
    Karen
  5. by   txspadequeenRN
    are you kidding me!!! i had to read this twice. this is the biggest case of rnitis i have seen on this board. you need to re-evaluate , i would imagine there are plenty of lvn's that can run circles around you.. this is big talk for a rn bsn that makes less than $15 an hour, get real. i have you beat by about $6.50/hour, but that's enough, right since i am so limited on my skills. i cant believe you would post such crap as this.:smiley_ab






    " lpns get paid enough in my opinion realted to their low level of education and limited scope of practice".

    lindarn, rn, bsn, ccrn
    spokane, washington[/quote]
    Last edit by txspadequeenRN on Mar 30, '05
  6. by   kristylee
    I live in Arizona and it's one of the lowest paying states and a CNA makes about $8.50-12.00/hr here, so yes I think you're getting paid very low. I have a friend who works for Kindred hosptial which is mainly where they are weaning pt's off of ventilators and such and she only has about 1 yr of experience and she's making $24/hr as an LPN.


    Quote from Pedsnrs2003
    I am an LPN in SW Missouri. I make $11.50 an hour. I do 90% of the same job that the RN's do on my floor. Am I whining? Do LPN's really get what they deserve? Does LPN really stand for Low Paid Nurse?
  7. by   LPN1974
    Quote from alatta58
    Thats why I left the hospital and work Home Health(florida) . Too many pts. and not enough$$$. In home health I see one pt. at a time and I hustle on my route(6 pts) BID so 72 weekly. I hit $70000 last year and if I picked up a few more pts. I could have hit $100000 last year. Mike Try Home Health-you may like it.

    Are you serious? As an LPN you hit 70,000 in home health?
    I don't know how it is in Arkansas, but I might look into that when I retire in 3 years.
  8. by   NursesRmofun
    I think LPN'S pay has come up lately, but we all could use more pay in nursing though.
  9. by   NursesRmofun
    Quote from LPN1974
    Are you serious? As an LPN you hit 70,000 in home health?
    I don't know how it is in Arkansas, but I might look into that when I retire in 3 years.
    Just call me a doubting Thomas! Was this $70,000 with OT? I have never seen a LPN make $36/hr....not even in home health. Maybe you meant with a significant amount of OT.
  10. by   jnette
    "lpns get paid enough in my opinion realted to their low level of education and limited scope of practice."

    lindarn, rn, bsn, ccrn
    spokane, washington



    :uhoh21: :stone

    dang ! just when i thought i had heard it all !

    i'm an rn and i'll have you know that i don't know what i'd do without our lpns !!! they've taught me everything i know and then some !
  11. by   LPN1974
    Quote from NursesRmofun
    Just call me a doubting Thomas! Was this $70,000 with OT? I have never seen a LPN make $36/hr....not even in home health. Maybe you meant with a significant amount of OT.

    Not me.....I was referring to a post by alatta58.
  12. by   Mike1991
    The hospital I currently work in doesn't hire any LPN's. The hospital I worked at before my currently employment had LPN's, but they weren't hiring anymore. I believe that nursing homes is an ideal place of employment for LPN's. I personally don't have any problems with LPN's, but I would rather have my love one being taking care by an RN than a LPN.
  13. by   RobLPN
    Quote from GN1974
    Hmmm...seems pretty high to me. I don't see those kind of wages here in central Florida. New grad RN's start at $17-18 base with 5-7 in noc difs and 2-3 more for weekends. I have been an LPN for a decade and the highest I made with diff is about $20.00. Good for you! What state are you in? Cali?
    Karen
    North Carolina. Come on up, you hear!

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