I understand why people go the LPN route - page 4

by downsouthlaff 7,749 Views | 41 Comments

Well, I'm tired of living the way I'm living working as a CNA and EMT never having anytime off breaking my back and getting nowhere still not cracking 10 dollars per hour in either job. I've decided to enroll in a nursing program... Read More


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    And the reason I love long term care is because of the chance to in anyway possible lift a residents spirits. Nursing a homes are not fun places, there not a place ANYBODY wants to be. No matter how many colorful decorations or activities you have, a person has to give up there life, there freedom, there dignity and there independence. They have to remain in this facility day in day out holidays, birthdays, eat the same old food at the same time everyday, have to smell all the disgusting odors of there roommate, there always around sick people and old people who are at this facility to die. They have a small little space to live in. They have staff constantly going in and out. Noise at all hours of the night. Somewhere family forget them, and come see them once or twice a year! They are told when they can and when they can't eat, and what they can and can't eat, they are told they can't go outside and get fresh air. It's basically hell. But the worst part about is there paying high expensive costs to live there. And then you haveoud mouth sassy and verbally abussive CNAs. Who the facilty refuses to let go of, Nurses who don't respect residents rights if they refuse to eat or go to bed! It's not a good place. And we as staff get to go home and have days off they don't. There there for good most of them. And yet some of those old people are still happier than us, and have 100 percent better attitudes than us. They inspire me. They make me realize that my probly aren't so bad. That's why I love the long term care setting.
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    Quote from beckyboo1

    ECBui, where do you live? In MO, LPNs make $15-18 an hour, or at least around here. CNAs don't make anywhere near that.
    I live in San Francisco Bay Area (California) as a CNA that was my wage. Now as an LVN I am earning more as a new grad and am able to work with a team of nurses and love the experience and lessons its showing me along the way! (:
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    I am currently a PCT (don't even have my CNA license) and they started me out at $10.36 I've been.at the same job for almost 5 years and im only making $12.50! Sounds kind.of rediculous but after trying to get into an RN program and being put on so many.waiting lists I just said screw it and decided to go the LPN route.it only takes a year and.the school that im at now has a bridge program that takes another 9 months to complete to become an RN so really if you.think about it I'll be in the program for the same amount of time as the associate degree program and am still paying.the same amount.of tuition but.the positive side.is I can.work as.an.LPN while pursuing my RN license and what's even.better is the Lpn wage where I live (PA) is $23/hr for new grads
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    Here in Louisiana a New Grad LPN can expect to earn 14-16 dollars an hour! In LTC! A new CNA can expect to earn around 8 or 9 dollars per hour. Some facilities have Healy raises for example one facilty I worked agency at started CNAs at 9 per hour. After a year they made 10 per hour! After another year they made 11$ ph then they got there Maxed out salary at 12 per hour. So CNA was 9-12$ an hour. And LPN was 16-19 $ an hour. With a very similiar dollar more a year raise model. Now at the facility I work at, CNAs are paid 8.10 an hour plus 25 cent shift diff for 2-10 and 10-6. And the LPNs make 15 per hour and they get a 50 cent shift diff for 2-10 or 10-6. I know what your wandering why in the world don't I work at the facility with 9-12 $ per hour? Because the facility is never hiring because if the salary they pay especially to CNAs! Now the best salary for an LPN in my state is correctional prison nursing! 65,000 a year for LPNs. And pysch/drug/rehab pats well here too!! Thanks all for reply!!
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    Quote from spearsfm
    I am currently a PCT (don't even have my CNA license) and they started me out at $10.36 I've been.at the same job for almost 5 years and im only making $12.50! Sounds kind.of rediculous but after trying to get into an RN program and being put on so many.waiting lists I just said screw it and decided to go the LPN route.it only takes a year and.the school that im at now has a bridge program that takes another 9 months to complete to become an RN so really if you.think about it I'll be in the program for the same amount of time as the associate degree program and am still paying.the same amount.of tuition but.the positive side.is I can.work as.an.LPN while pursuing my RN license and what's even.better is the Lpn wage where I live (PA) is $23/hr for new grads
    ^ When I worked for 5 years as a PCT/NA, I went from 10.00 to 17.00 in PA...I went from 12.00 to 17.00 in three years as a tech at a Magnet hospital...New grad wages have improved, I see; I was being offered as low as 19.00 in psych..20 in HH and 23-24 at the rehab hospital I worked.
    I made up to 35/hr...it is truly relative to specialty and geographical area, and facility.
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    Well Said Maremma!!!! I couldn't agree with you more!!!
    Last edit by DeVonna32RN-BSN on Mar 10, '13
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    Hi, @ downsouthlaff, I was a STNA for two years before I became an LPN. My original goal was to just take my prereq's and try the RN route, but desperate to get my career going I decided to apply for an LPN program and I was accepted. During my clinicals, I felt very confident with the hands on aspect because of my experience I had working as an aide. I was able to help other people in my class who had no previous experience, and it felt great I now work in an assisted living facility making a lot more money, which really helps since I am back in school for my RN. Good luck to you and whatever you decide
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    Wow the cna's where I live at make $11-$18 an hr just starting out.

    Sounds like you have a great plan and everyone cant go straight for their rn, some people have to start out low then work their way up. I have all of my prereqs for rn but doing lpn then doing my rn online. A few of my girlfriends are in school to be an rn and they wished that they would have done lpn first. Good Luck
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    Thanks everyone for the great info!! I will be enrolling in a night LPN program in August! Thanks each of you!
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    Be encouraged by your choices, Lpn route is a solid choice an a good stepping stone if you do decide to go the Rn route. Sounds like you have a good head on your shoulders!! Good luck in nursing school!
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