caprisonne 623 Views
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I am an LPN. I got my training directly from the Army so for me it was easy because I got paid while I learned to be an LPN. But, I always try to encourage people to go for the gold ... so many more doors open when you are a RN, specifically when you are a BSN (4-yr.) prepared RN as opposed to an ADN (2-yr). If someday you decide to try something not involving direct patient care, more opportunities will be open to you if you are a RN-BSN than an LPN or RN-ADN. Also, RN's typically get higher pay with benefits at any job they have while LPN's pay is not as high and benefits are not always offered (the work is the same ... I carrry the same pt. load as a RN with minimal "supervision" -- I may need them to push a med or check my charts at the end of the night ... simple stuff I am actually capable of doing, but I am not allowed to do outside of the Army setting). As an LPN I find high paying jobs are sans benes and low paying jobs come with benes. My final thought is on pursuing an advanced degree (master's in nursing ... can lead to being a nurse practitioner or nurse anesthesist, etc.) ... which would have been much easier for me if i was already a BSN prepared nurse. I applyed, accepted and started a BSN program, but I was sidetracked by health issues ... it was a blessing in disguise because I realized that my end goal was obtain my master's and be a practitioner. I really didn't specifically want to be nurse. I already have a bachelor's degree (sociology) ... so I dropped out of the program and will be pursing a master's degree to be a physcian's assistant which will save me TWO years!
Having said all that, deciding how and when to go about becoming a nurse is a very personal decision. I wouldn't dream of trying to work ft and go to school ft unless I absolutely had to ... too much stress, and I'd rather be putting all of my energy in school so that I can get the most out of it (and because grades are important if I choose to move further up the school ladder). You could always get your LPN or ADN and pursue your BSN at a later date if that works for you ... but, if I had it to do all over again knowing what I know now, I'd just knock out the BSN all at once!
that my 2 !
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I've recently applied for a Utilization Management LPN position in the state of Washington. So far, the job application process is going well. I have been an LPN for over almost 7 years ... I have a military background (med-surg) as well as civilian med-surg background. I know what the job entails and have had the opportunity to work with people in the field, but salary never came up as I wasn't interested in the work at the time. I was really wondering if someone could give me insight as to a general starting hourly wage as I have no idea what would be a reasonable salary requirement request. I would appreciate any help here, and I realize the figures would be estimates and vary based on employer, location, etc. Thanks in advance for your time!
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