I used to work at a nursing home in Food Services (supervising staff cafeteria), and I went back to visit and get my face out there again. My aunt is an LPN there, and I went upstairs to say hello to her and I overheard two ladies on the elevator talking about the "sucky" paychecks they just received and thank God for the upcoming holiday pay. I told one lady I was starting my LPN program in a matter of weeks and she gave me a sympathetic look and said "You may as well get a management position at McDonald's or spend the next year at RBI getting your medical assistant certification. You'll make more." Word for word. (BTW, RBI [Rochester Business Institute] is a business college that accepts EVERYONE and certifies ANYONE). I asked the lady if she were serious and the other lady said "Unless you get in here or at St. John's Home you will be making about $12 an hour with minimal diffs, and it's not much more here to be honest."
I am mortified. I thought for sure we made closer to $17. That additional $5 an hour could really help this family get from under the "poverty line".
Any insight? Could this be true?
Jun 2, '04
Thank you for all that information, and especially the salary.com link. I looked it up here in Rochester, and the average is about $17.90 an hour. The lower end is closer to $16.50 an hour. I guess I feel better, even though I really want to be a nurse, and was willing to accept $12 an hour if I had to.
Last edit by HisTreasure on Jun 2, '04