Wow, I just kind of got a shocker. I'm an LVN out here in California and would like to move to Maine after recently losing my husband. I've just gotten off the phone, was talking to a few perspective employers (My chosen vocation is home hospice). Everyone I've spoken to so far is lumping LPNs in with CNAs, with the duties and pay being in a similar ballpark. Out here in California we are NURSES and get paid almost as much as the RNs in Maine. I know the cost of living is much lower in Maine, but I'm really concerned with the lack of respect that I'm picking up on regarding LPNs. I worked my backside off to get my license and do most of what an RN does (with the exception of hanging meds) out here. Are LPNs really so low on the totem pole out there?