LPN starting wages in central Illinois

  1. I was just wondering if anyone could please tell me what I could expect to make as an LPN when I am done with school in central Illinois. Thank you
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   valifay
    If your refering to the springfield area, anywhere from $12 to $16 from what I have heard. The LPNs where I work start at $14.50. I have heard that nursing homes tend to pay more and that is a good place to be your first year to develope your skills.
  4. by   meownsmile
    Its been a while since i was a LPN and a new grad LPN at that but i would think the numbers already quoted are pretty close. I dont necissarily agree that a LTC is the best place to start. I think if it were me i would look real hard at a hospital first. You have people around with experience to draw from in a hospital whereas a LTC you are out there as their only nursing staff sometimes. In an acute care setting you will get max experience about S/S and interventions quickly, a LTC you are still dealing with people who are at least on the healthier side of their conditions. JMO
  5. by   teaka
    I just want to jump in here too. I don't really think LTC is the best place to go as a new grad, even if the money is a little better. I think a hospital would be best too, not only because there are more staff but because it seems to me that if your only experience is in LTC nurses tend to get stuck there - it may be hard going to a hospital afterward. But, if you want to work with chronic illness and geriatrics then LTC is the perfect place.
  6. by   valifay
    I'll clarify, no LTC isn't the BEST place to start out, but pay wise for your first year out it can be. I had a friend who worked in LTC her first year and they were always short, so with all the OT and holiday work, she was able to pay of a LARGE amount of her student loans in a short amount of time. (in one month, she made almost $8000!)
  7. by   Janlynn
    I graduated from CASPN in 2004--my first job and only job since then has been working in the ER at a major hospital. I started off doing mainly fast track but we have since merged and I am now doing higher acuity. I would dread going to LTC only because I know that isn't right for me. I am so glad I am doing what I wanted to do.

    I was only making around $13.60hr for night shift--I started out at $12.30 but we got a $1 raise last year and my usual raise. Starting today I am switching over to per diem (still keeping my same amt of hours) and will be making around $21 hr. I will have no benefits but I've looked online and have found some reasonable health insurance qoutes.

    Hope this helps.
  8. by   Gennaver
    Quote from valifay
    I'll clarify, no LTC isn't the BEST place to start out, but pay wise for your first year out it can be. I had a friend who worked in LTC her first year and they were always short, so with all the OT and holiday work, she was able to pay of a LARGE amount of her student loans in a short amount of time. (in one month, she made almost $8000!)
    Hi,
    At approximately 12-14 bucks and hour how much overtime did she have to work to do this and did she feel that her license or care were in jeopardy due to it?
    Gen-I've worked week's worth of double shifts before and never managed to come any where near 8K in a month!! not at all, maybe I ought to move South to Springfield!!

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