I'm not sure who posted that Alberta was the lowest paid province....in NB I'm making 21.83...with benefits, I believe it's 23.87 in the nursing homes no benefits ( casual) and I do believe the casuals in the hospital just took a pay cut if I'm not mistaken...slightly under 20 but they now accrue hours and get benefits after x amount. It's a flat rate, 21.83, all LPN's get paid that straight across the board....I've never heard of anyone making more than that, except as management in some private facilites.
It's kind of bologna right now, as LPN's are now going to school for two full years and practicing to their full scope. The LPN's without 2 years of school had to go back and further their education or they weren't able to renew their licenses. They widened our scope, then put a wage freeze on. Tell me of any other career, job, profession where you are told " hey, you need to go back to school, your job description is going to increase, but, nope, your pay won't".
Also, did I mention, PSW's make a couple of dollars less an hour....which is great, ( I mean that, they deserve at least that, I feel it should be more) however, they do not have half the responsibility an LPN has, especially in LTC. But, as it stands now, the psw working along side of me who doesn't get benefits makes 45 cents less an hour than I do.
So you can see why some LPN's in NB are choosing not to renew their license and work as PSW's....no association dues, less responsibility and not much difference in their pay cheques.