I HAVE BEEN A LPN FOR 11 YEARS.I AM FINISHING UP MY LAST 2 SEMESTERS OF RN PROGRAM NOW.I WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE NEW GRAD WILL MAKE AT SOME OF THE LARGER HOSPITALS IN TENNESSEE AND ALABAMA.I HAVE M/S ,ER,PSYCH EXPERIENCE.WILL THEY CONSIDER ME AS ANY NEW GRAD OR WILL I GET COMPENSATION FOR THE EXPERIENCE I HAVE.I CURRENTLY WORK IN A SMALL COMMUNITY HOSPITAL AND AM NOT INTERESTED IN STAYING THERE.I DO THE EXACT SAME JOB AS MY RN COWORKERS DO SO I FEEL IT SHOULD BE COUNTED AS EXP.ALSO HAS ANYONE OUTTHERE EVER HAD A PROBLEM WITH COWORKER JELOUSY?I MEAN IT IS AS IF SOME,NOT ALL,OF THE NURSES I WORK WITH HAVE THE MENTALITY OF "YES I WANT YOU TO SUCCEED BUT JUST DONT DO ANY BETTER THAN I HAVE IN LIFE"
Sep 22, '00
That's a tough one. I'll give you my honest answer. I think you'll probably get a little more than a brand new grad, but only because you have some experience already. You were an LVN for 11 years, but you could not have been doing EXACTLY the same jobs as the RN, your scope of licensure would not allow that. It probably seemed that you did the same job, but. truly that's not so. However, you have a wealth of experience, so your pay should be comparable to the other RNs. I can guarantee there will be some jealousy, it's inevitable, so prepare yourself. On the other side of the coin, congratulations and good for you. Don't stop there, unless that's as far up the ladder you want to climb. Good Luck and welcome to the ranks!! Teach new nuses the ropes and be patient with them. We're all in this together and there's a lot of folk out there that need us. Again, congrats.
Sep 25, '00
im from NJ so cant exactly say for you, though i worked along side an lpn who had recently received her rn. she was an lpn for 13 yrs and as a new rn her pay was that of a new grad rn. she received 30 cents more than what she was making as an lpn of so many years.