1. salary. i make about 58k a year now with no possibility of overtime.
in michigan, how much can i realistically expect to make as an lpn, & rn?
what is the average starting salary? for what it's worth, the lpns that my wife works with (ann arbor area) all grumble that they should be called "low pay nurses" because they do much the same work as rns for much less pay, at least in the office setting. i can't speak to the hospital setting. at a local major hospital, your starting pay as an rn (after you pass the nclex) will be about 15k less than you currently make. however, the opportunity of advancement is pretty great. over time, you have the potential to make as much, if not more than you currently do.
2. overtime. can i expect have overtime hours/ pay available if i want/need to make extra money? at most of the hospitals near me, you can get pretty much all the ot you want. it may be capped by the union contract (depending on the facility), but it is there. and as others have mentioned, you can get pretty good shift differential ($1-2 per hour increase) for working afternoons/evenings or nights.
3. schooling. how much of an impact will the school that i get my degree have on my employability? imho, little to none. there are, of course, varying degrees of opinions on certain schools, but the quality of nurse you are will matter far more. which can mean, going out of your way to try to get the best education you can, regardless of your educational situation. right now, it's a toss up between an rn/associate's degree and a bsn... the waiting lists vary, the prerequisites vary. not all programs require the net test, i believe only the rn/associate's programs do. there are some programs that require you to do a nurse aide program first, even bsn. in hospital, the pay is the same, but bsn's can go into management, as well as future educational opportunities in nursing, like crna, clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, etc.
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mike in michigan