1. -Where (what state) is the greatest demand for LPN's (and why)?
Florida, Pennsylvania, and Ohio are the top states for LPN employment. Reasons are numerous e.g. large retirement populations, scopes of practice allow LPN to perform many tasks reserved for RNs in other states making it cheaper for employers, and state funded health programs e.g. department of health, schools
, and prisons.
2. -Bout how much $ do you start at?
Here in the Northwestern Panhandle of FLA, starting pay at 0 years experience averages $16.00 per hour for home health, school nurse, and ltc.
3. -Best settings to work in as LPN?
At 0 years experience opportunities are limited to employer requirements. Typically long term care, prisons and school nurse are the settings. Since this a subjective question, it kind of depends on what your goals are. Personally, I think LTC would be the best place to start because you gain extensive experience with multiple co-morbities, time management, and medications.
4. -Is PT work "commonly" available ?
Yes, PT and PRN jobs are common but they typically want you to have some experience before taking on these roles.