LPN new to North Mississippi

  1. Hello there. Just wanted to introduce myself. I am new to Ms and have settled in Fulton Ms. Currently, I am waiting for my temporary permit to come in the mail. I graduated nursing school in July, 2008 so I do not have much experience yet. My california job had me working as a charge nurse in ltc on NOC's taking care of about 50 patients a night. Mississippi is where my daughter lives so I came out here to be with my family. People here have been very nice and polite, I like it

    I have a few questions which I hope someone will take the time to answer, and if not, well, we are nurses and busy

    North Mississippi Medical is currently hiring. They have just come out of a hiring freeze from what I've heard. On the application form it asks what I'd like for a salary. I have no idea what the current pay scale is in this state, anyone have an answer?

    Local snf units are taking my applications and I was wondering, what is the usual ratio of nurses to patients?

    I would like to meet some lpn's in the area and offer my support and friendship. Thanks for listening and reading :wink2:
    Last edit by lvnhopeful on Sep 12, '09 : Reason: Mistake
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  3. by   nursetisha05
    I'm not sure about the Tupelo/ Fulton area, but in the Oxford/ Batesville/ Grenada area; the payscale at hospitals is between $12 to $14 per hour for LPNs. In LTC it's between $14 to $18. At my LTC there are 4 LPNs at night and we have different patient loads. Mine is 25 (trach hall), the others have 30 to 38. I think the most that I've seen at LTC while working agency was about 40. That was in the Oxford area. I work the Baylor program and HIGHLY recommend it. I work two 12 hour shifts per week and I make WAY more than $18/ hour. Hope this helps. Welcome to MS, hope you enjoy it. I've been thinking about moving over to your area myself. How is it?
  4. by   lvnhopeful
    Thanks for the response NurseTisha. It gives me a little more information to work on.

    What is the Baylor Program? I've never heard of it.
  5. by   nursetisha05
    I work 24 hours a week and get paid 1 1/2 X base pay. Other places offer -work 24, get paid for 36. Some offer benefits, mine does not.
  6. by   lvnhopeful
    Thanks for letting me know Nursetisha05. So, I guess the Baylor program is something like the 20/20 program in California where you work 20 hours, get paid for 40, and have to sign a contract stating that you will commit to a certain period of time to repay the money.
    Last edit by lvnhopeful on Sep 16, '09 : Reason: spelling
  7. by   nursetisha05
    Wow! The 20/20 sounds good. Some require contracts, I think that those are the ones with benefits. I just work an hourly schedule on the weekends, no contract. It's nice because if I get sick or have to call in, I still get the same hourly rate.
  8. by   lvnhopeful
    THAT sounds wonderful in itself. I think the 20/20 program involved being there for all 20 hours each week. Don't know about the benefits, the place I worked never offered it. I will be looking for the Baylor program when I apply.
    Thanks for the information.

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