LPN Student Question

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    I'm currently living in Orlando, FL and ill be graduating as an LPN this December. My goal is to become an LPN and bridge for my RN- BSN after having at least a year of experience in the field.
    This isn't the first nursing thread I read on about LPNs and what the job market is like, and can't help but notice how many nurses are complaining and evidently work in nursing homes primarily.
    After I graduate I plan on moving out to Brooklyn, NY.
    What's the starting rate of pay for LPNs?
    What should I do before I graduate (while I'm in school) to help me have a better opportunity of getting hired?
    Are LPNs only being hired at nursing homes? I'd like to be in a hospital honestly, particularly Maternity if possible.
    Don't get me wrong if nursing homes is all LPNs can have then so be it.
    Someone help! Before I pull my hair out here.
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    You can apply for your nursing assistant license now (after completion of your 1st semester) and I suggest you get it and get experience. I'm north of Boston and typically LPN's pay range is as low as $15 to $28... Primarily you will only find LTC position s for an LPN.. I don't know of many hospitals that higher LPN's. here we can hang blood, or IV med push.. If your not into Geriatrics.. Think of a Dr's office, community health or 1:1 in home health or a school setting? You can work in an correctional facility . Get creative and you can find something. I'm an LPN and I've done so much over a short period.. Now I'm back in school for my RN and this will open up more opportunities but even so, hospitals like a BSN...

    Don't get discouraged. Start looking on Craisgslist now for jobs in that area to get a picture of what's out there and how much they are paying!
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    Quote from MrsMig
    You can apply for your nursing assistant license now (after completion of your 1st semester) and I suggest you get it and get experience. I'm north of Boston and typically LPN's pay range is as low as $15 to $28... Primarily you will only find LTC position s for an LPN.. I don't know of many hospitals that higher LPN's. here we can hang blood, or IV med push.. If your not into Geriatrics.. Think of a Dr's office, community health or 1:1 in home health or a school setting? You can work in an correctional facility . Get creative and you can find something. I'm an LPN and I've done so much over a short period.. Now I'm back in school for my RN and this will open up more opportunities but even so, hospitals like a BSN...

    Don't get discouraged. Start looking on Craisgslist now for jobs in that area to get a picture of what's out there and how much they are paying!
    Ops... We can't hang blood or IV push..lol
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    Thank you so much for your advice, i'll start looking into this ASAP, i'll be done with this semester at the beginning of April.
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    I am an lpn an i thought long term care/nursing home was my only route also. When i graduated in 2009 I was hired at a pediatric critcal care home health agency. I had no experience although they trained me and certified me on usage of a mechanical vent and etc. Starting salary was 48,000. I loved that job but they had no healthcare insurance. Now i currently work in corrections which has the best insurance an less work. Right now im currently in school to finish off my bsn.
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    Quote from msgena31
    I am an lpn an i thought long term care/nursing home was my only route also. When i graduated in 2009 I was hired at a pediatric critcal care home health agency. I had no experience although they trained me and certified me on usage of a mechanical vent and etc. Starting salary was 48,000. I loved that job but they had no healthcare insurance. Now i currently work in corrections which has the best insurance an less work. Right now im currently in school to finish off my bsn.
    I worked corrections and love it! I think you can utilize TONS of your skills there and the autonomy was awesome!
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    Omg! That's amazing. I thought we weren't allowed to work w PCCs. That would be amazing. Where do you live! I really want to start looking into different areas of practice as an LPN
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    I am a LPN , I work in home care. I live in Michigan , and there are hospitals that do hire LPN .. I just had a interview for LPN position, on a orthopedic floor.. waiting for the call.. Anyway in I. Home care, LPN can make $25.00, an hour for licensed cases, and $35, for one hour visits .. Hope this helps .
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    I'm in south Florida and I saw a hospital hiring on their ICU floor for an LPN. There are some hospital jobs, but very few.
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    I think it depends on where you are. I work at a hospital right now as a PCT in Middle Ga, there were just a bunch of LPN positions opened up all over the hospital. I asked my nurse manager about that, she said it has to do with budgets! Of course, they can hire an LPN cheaper! lol But I have also heard of some hospitals that won't hire LPN's anymore at all. There is even talk about a local hospital here only hiring BSN's. So again, I guess it depends on location. I never thought about working in corrections when I get done with LPN, that seems interesting....and a bit scary?
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