Prospective Nursing Student with Career Questions

  1. I’m considering taking a buyout package to go back to school to be a nurse.
    I have some questions and hoping that I can get some feedback.

    1. Salary. I make about 58k a year now with no possibility of overtime.
    In Michigan, how much can I realistically expect to make as an LPN, & RN?
    What is the average starting salary?

    2. Overtime. Can I expect have overtime hours/ pay available if I want/need to make extra money?

    3. Schooling. How much of an impact will the school that I get my degree have on my employability?

    Basically, I’m trying to decide if I will really be making any sort of financial gains by switching to a nursing career. If I will be able to make more $$ then I am willing to put in all the hard work for the education. I'm afraid that after all of the hard work and sacrifice that I will end up making the same amount of money or less than I currently make and I don’t want to make a lateral move.

    Any insight that you can be provide would be very helpful.

    Thank you.
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Feb 1, '07 : Reason: removed email for safety, see profile.
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  3. by   TazziRN
    Interesting handle........

    2. Most places try to avoid overtime but some places are hurting so bad for staff that overtime is offered. Your better bet might be to get hired on at a second place per diem.

    3. As long as your school is accredited, you should be fine.

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