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  • Feb 1 '13

    I kinda think I have one. I'm not special. I didn't do ANYTHING the way your supposed to. I was young when I had my first son. I married and had 2 more kids. I've been taking one class at a time forever. I kid that I'm on the 25yr plan to a degree. I am now an LVN...I have a ONE yr certificate after almost 20 yrs of going to school off and on. We were poor. I mean...we BARELY made it. There was no savings. It was literally trying to buy groceries with whatever we had left after rent and utilities. We ...a family of 5 never made more than 25,000 a yr..not ONCE.
    Now I'm an LVN...thanks to pell grants and a grant from another local program that helped us pay for childcare that year. The YMCA was kind enough to give my kids a partial scholarship for care and I actually worked there every weekend to get an additional discount for being an employee....
    the yr I was in school we made only $17,000. Nine of that went to housing costs.
    My parents bought groceries, paid for my kids school supplies, bought them shoes and coats...without all that help I would not be an LVN today.
    I just did our taxes.
    I had a hard time finding a job out of school. I took a temporary home health rehab position that paid VERY well...then nothing til Nov of last yr. Even so...I worked less than 3 total months and still made $15,000. With my husbands income...well...lets just say our income has more than doubled since last year.

    But here's what it's REALLY about. It's about that when I needed help almost 20 yrs ago and went to my county healthcare system...they were there for me. They provided a surgery I needed at no cost to me. They gave me vaccines. They cared for my son and I when we were sick. I didn't have a job. I was poor as dirt with no job. It was just me and him against the world and what they did for me...I never forgot it.
    I now work for my county. I work in a community clinic just a few short miles from the county clinic I used to visit as a patient.
    I am giving back. Sure I get paid to be there.... but what I represent just by standing there and saying "hello, I'm so glad to see you.."
    I give hope.
    I was once a patient and now I'm a nurse. I love what I do and where I work. I love that I can be an example for what can happen if you want it and work for it.
    Yes...I earn a decent living. Yes...I love what I do....but the real lesson is that what I give back is way more important than what I earn.

  • Feb 1 '13

    I had to dig in the dump as a kid for clothing. I was dirt poor. I mean really really poor. I shopped for new clothes at the second hand shop. We ate squirrles. I grew up in california. Yup. For reals.

    Anyways, I had a kid when I was 17 and was getting welfare for him too, just like my momma got for me, when some school teacher told me that I could be anything I wanted.

    Well, some of my distant family turned out to be nurses and they encouraged me to become a nurse. I went for it. I finally graduated two years ago, dumped the food stamps and the medical and been working full steam ever since. I am astonished sometimes when I look at one of my checks for just two weeks work now, and its what I used to live on for four months a time.

    I like being able to buy the food I want, and buy the clothes I want, and live where I want. Its super nice.
    My very first check I went to a Macys and wanted make up, one of the ladys buying makeup looked at me and clutched her purse closer to her, like I was going to STEAL IT!!!! I was snubbed by the counter girls, and when I finally found someone willing to help me I spent 500$ on make up...hahahahah, it felt so good! I never bought that much makeup before... or since! lol

    And its nothing like being on assistance, I can go work and get extra money to do the things I enjoy doing, or buy the things I need. I never had so much in all my life. Its totally worth it. Totally.

  • Feb 1 '13

    I graduated from LPN school and 3 days later took my NCLEX.

    Within 40 days I was starting my first job at a prison. My base was $14.69 with $1.50 after 4pm. Hours were 6a-6p and they let me choose my own set schedule due to such a staffing shortage. Monday Wednesday and Friday. It was awesome!!! My average paycheck was approximately $863 after taxes.

    I bought a computer! I paid off my car 1 full year early! I have no student loans because I went through a cheap cheap community college and received and EXCELLENT education!

    However, I wasn't happy with my job. I felt like I did so much but was so underpaid. I then went PRN. I dropped my benefits and set schedule. My pay was increased to $18.50 with shift differentials still applicable. There was a dire need for weekend work which paid $1.00 more / hr. Eventually I picked up every saturday and sunday and then a third day as needed.

    The increase in pay really made the job much more palatable. The experience was invaluable and I eventually landed an ER LPN position at a local hospital. Even now I'm like "Shut the front door, I'm an LPN doing REAL nursing in an ER!!" I mean, have you seen my posts? I don't think I have even one post that doesn't have me talking about being an ER LPN! HAHAHAAHAHAH!!!!! FREAKING LOVE IT!

    The pay was actually even better at the hospital because the shift differentials are more and weekends are 20% more vs. $1.00.

    I now LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE my job. I am weekend option and make $20 / hr with all my differentials averaged into the 2 days / week. I gained like 50 lbs (not too happy with that, but man... that restaurant food is soooo good). I have ACLS, PALS, TB, and CPI certifications!

    Seriously... the year prior to becoming a nurse, I barely broke $12,000 for the whole year. It was AWEFUL! I did nothing but serve tables for mean, fat people who didn't know how to tip properly or teenagers who were so angst over their newfound faith that their version of a tip was to leave a card telling me how God hates gay people.

    Being an LPN has been amazing for me. I will be an RN soon and make even more money (hopefully not gain anymore weight). I figured it out, if I were a Weekend Option RN, it'd be like $36/hr. PHEW!!!


    Rags to riches!! YES! PS- i forgot to mention, i'm going to be making an offer on my first house tomorrow!

  • Jan 30 '13

    I agree with KG247. CNA is pretty awesome.

  • Jan 30 '13

    Quote from mz_tonep
    Looking to get into the nursing field but very unsure of the job leads I will have once im completed. I Have heard many horrible stories of new nurses not being able to to find employment due to lack of experience. I think I would be a great nurse but I also dont wanna have tons of debt due to not finding a job. I wanted to do LPN first to actually see if nursing is a good fit for me. I live in the Philly area so if anybody can shine some light and share some of their stories I would love to hear from you. The program im looking into is about 15k.
    I would try working as a CNA first. Most of the nursing homes that I've encountered will hire their CNAs as LPNs after completion nursing school. If you can get a part time job as a CNA while you're going through LPN school you could probably get hired as an LPN immediately after boards. I work as a CNA now and I'm currently in nursing school. My employer has already offered me a nursing job when I graduate.

  • Jan 12 '13

    Quote from pat8585
    Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I am looking for greener pastures though.
    I need to learn new things or I will become stagnant.
    I'm like you; I have to constantly be learning something new and have the ability to grow as a nurse. With that said, I'm in the process of trying to leave ltc because of the very reason you want to move into ltc. If, you work on a subacute/rehab unit, you will learn a lot; but, just run of the mill ltc, hands on skills, not so much. However, you will be forced to learn time management and organizational skills which are INVALUABLE AND TRANSFERRABLE and hopefully leadership skills. But on the flip side of things, I think I have to agree with The Commuter, if you like what your doing and the kind of care you provide regardless of skill, STAY WHERE YOU ARE! At the very least, stay PRN during your probationary period within the facility and see how you like it; by then the honeymoon of "working in a facility" will be over and you will be able to compare, contrast, and make a sound decision about where you want your career to go. Keep us posted and best wishes to you!

  • Jan 5 '13

    I worked in the Long Term Home Health Care Program for 7 years, and just recently changed positions within my organization, but still carry some just a few of my LTC patients.
    I'm an RN so there was a heavy emphasis on case management.
    I would have to know what exactly you do now in home care and what your new responsibilities would be in the type of long term care you are considering?
    The LTHHCP I work(ed) for was a medicaid driven program, and was run by the county, so it's not a private ownership entity.
    My general advice however when feeling stagnant, burned out, is to make a move of some sorts.

  • Aug 22 '12

    I will never try to hide the fact that one of the main reasons I chose nursing because of its high earning potential, nor aplogize for it. That doesn't mean it's my only reason. I just think people who claim to be in for 100% altruisitic reasons are a little full of it. Like, really? If nursing only paid minimum wage, would you REALLY be doing it? Yeah, NO.

    I was 36, suddenly divorced, and having been a stay at home mom for 10 years, was faced with needing a career. I took a CNA course because it was either that or truck driving that my local workforce center would give me grant money for. I realized that being a CNA long term wasn't going to cut it and decided to take it all the way and go to nursing school. It seemed like a career with good growth potential, fairly recession proof, and I liked the idea of doing something with a high level of social responsibility. I didn't wanna be stuck in an office sharpening pencils all day. I feel I am compassionate and caring, patient, thick skinned, and tenacious. I don't feel like I had to have a "calling" to choose nursing. To me it was one made with more practical things in mind, and I don't think that's going to hurt me one bit.

    I start classes Monday and am very excited.

  • Aug 8 '12

    Quote from buttercup_rn
    This is my first job as a new grad RN. It's a home health job. My client gets all her meds through her tube feeding (she has many meds) and I decided to prepare all the meds in advance for the next nurse coming on. The next nurse (day) dispassionately stated, "I can't give those meds. It's against policy. You never give meds that another nurse has drawn up." It wasn't until after she said this that it made perfect sense. I was thinking that I was doing her a favor. I wasn't able to give the meds myself because it was my time to leave. She didn't want to throw them away. She said she would ask the parent to give those meds for the evening if she chose, or she could choose to dispose of them herself. Now I just feel like an idiot, and as though I should have known this. It didn't dawn on me until the other nurse mentioned it that it was wrong. I did call the clinical supervisor right away to discuss the matter, who said basically take it as a learning experience. but the day nurse acted as though she'd never made a mistake. Has anyone ever done anything like this?
    Um, no, I've never done anything like this. It's something we learned in nursing school. How was this not covered during your education?

  • Aug 8 '12

    good grief, if everyone who ever made a med error went into some area of nursing where there were no meds, nobody would be left behind to take care of sick people. lesson learnt. say three our fathers and three hail marys (or perform the comparable penance of your choice or faith tradition) and go forth and sin no more. :d

  • Jul 13 '12

    just wanted 2 add, my lpn course was NOT 10 MONTHS. my course was 18 months long. and some rns are air heads when it comes to common sense like how to even let down/put up a side rail (yes ive seen it) i sat back and laughed because although she had more training and education and a higher title, the emt/md chose the lil ole lpn to assist them. guess credentials mean nothing when it matters if the basics arent known.too much time at the nurses station delegating and bragging if you ask me........
    not to disrespect my rns because i truly love you but a few of them are just plain dingy when it comes to the simplest of things.....FROM MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Jun 22 '12

    Kim, it will take at least six months to get hired on, believe me. Apply now....

  • Jun 22 '12

    I see a lot of VA postings in my area..but they all want at least 6 months experience.

  • Jun 22 '12

    I am an LVN and I work for the VA. But I am in an RN slot, they just couldn't find an RN with my skill set. There are LVN's working in Primary Care and the Outpatient Clinics. RN's are primarily on the floors, ICU, ED, etc. Go to usajobs.com and search for Series No. 0620, that is the LVN/LPN code.

  • Jun 21 '12

    The last time I looked at their job postings, almost every one of them was for RN, not LPN. But that would have been valid for that point in time. I suggest you search their current job postings.


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