LPN making 70,000 a year

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    I almost have my RN and have been an LPN for 33 years. I have been doing case management for the last 7 years and now am accepting a position as a director of nursing in a personal care facility. I also hold a BA degree. I make 70,000 a year with bonuses. If your an LPN do not think your experience is insignificant to a degree.... Rns have deeper education but bedside nursing experience translates into huge assessment skills, LPNs take first merit in this arena... I have advanced knowledge in A and P and micro B from my RN classes but the core nursing stuff I already know for the most part. LPNs, DO Not be afraid to go back to school ! I am 50 and an honors student ! Being a nurse is what I do with the knowledge I have been given and how well I can assess and nursing diagnose my patients... I am a medical detective. I search for the clues and i find a way to solve the medical riddles.

    Taking Pathophysiology and advanced Pharmacolgy really does help me see things better.. The care plans are in my head from diagnosis to interventions to outcomes.... LPNs are diploma RNs now without the title.... Im blessed to have come this far after 33 years of many nursing experiences.. ICU to home care... Ive done it all... Its been an honor to serve the sick. Now Ive been given a place of leadership and only hope I can take all that I have learned and direct it towards building a great team of nurses which will allow patients to receive the best care possible...

    TRULY, I am a very blessed LPN... almost RN, but always an LPN in my heart !
    evreux96, Proacura, futurenur14, and 21 others like this.
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    Wow I don't know where you live, but no LPN makes 70,000 or anywhere near it where I live!
    sallyrnrrt likes this.
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    I make that but I'm in Canada.
    sallyrnrrt, IrishErin, HappyWife77, and 1 other like this.
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    I'm also in Canada and made $55K last year working part time. $34/hour and upto $8.25/hr in shift diff.

    Very easy to do.
    sallyrnrrt likes this.
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    Whereas your background and current salary are impressive..

    "Rns have deeper education but bedside nursing experience translates into huge assessment skills"... does not compute. Don't most RN's have the same bedside experience as LPN's?
    sallyrnrrt and KelRN215 like this.
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    Quote from beckyboo1
    Wow I don't know where you live, but no LPN makes 70,000 or anywhere near it where I live!
    I earned $62,000 as an LVN in Texas in 2008, so an annual salary of $70k is possible if you are in the right workplace at the right time within the right geographical location.
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    Thank you for posting this. I have just started back to school and I am almost 42 years old. I found your comments very encouraging.
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    Congratulations, I was LPN also, I went back for RN for more doors to open for me and continue to keep going for an advanced degree as well.

    I do not get it when you say , "LPNs are diploma RNs with out the title." LPNs are LPNs period. RNs are RNs.

    RN school was more time than an LPN degree. Schooling took another year more than LPN not to mention the 2 years of prerequisites before the year of bridging, focusing more on Leadership roles, and seeing "The bigger picture."

    Experience I gained as an LPN definitely helped me in RN school. Again, congratulations, I think its awesome you are Rockin Out the LPN role.
    athenaspell2, KelRN215, beckyboo1, and 2 others like this.
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    Quote from HappyWife77
    Congratulations, I was LPN also, I went back for RN for more doors to open for me and continue to keep going for an advanced degree as well.

    I do not get it when you say , "LPNs are diploma RNs with out the title." LPNs are LPNs period. RNs are RNs.

    RN school was more time than an LPN degree. Schooling took another year more than LPN not to mention the 2 years of prerequisites before the year of bridging, focusing more on Leadership roles, and seeing "The bigger picture."

    Experience I gained as an LPN definitely helped me in RN school. Again, congratulations, I think its awesome you are Rockin Out the LPN role.
    Actually up here in Canada, the old diploma RN programme is the PN course now. Two plus years for the LPN.

    We no longer have diploma RNs as the degree is mandatory.
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    ​LPNs are not diploma nurses without the title. LPNs are LPNs; diploma nurses are RNs. Be proud of who you are as an LPN, but no, it's not the same as being an RN.
    sallyrnrrt, xoemmylouox, KelRN215, and 3 others like this.


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