Quote from stephanieree
I'm a LPN in the Jackson area and where I work LPN pay ranges from 15 to 24 dollars and hour based on exp. So I dont know where these nurses are working but if they are RNs they are really getting short changed! With my exp. I started at 17.00 and with my raise now 18.00 since now I've been there for 2 years. The RNs no matter ADN,BSN, or MSN all start out making 19.00, so as I repeat myself look around before finding a job. Some people are LPNs 1st maybe because they can't afford to just go to school for 2 years. So if you go LPN 1st you can work and earn a decent salary and do what the call an advanced LPN to RN program. It will take you 2 years either way. But if RN 1st only job you can do while in school is student nurse, nurse tech which is really a CNA but you decide an let no one change your mind you do what's best for you whether its LPN or RN you decide!
Is the payrate 19.00/hr for new graduate nurses? Also, can you work as a Nurse Tech/CNA full time while you are in school? Are they flexible with scheduling? The reason why I'm asking is because I just got accepted into the RN program for the Fall, and I need a job that will be able to cover all my expenses (rent, health insurance, credit cards, car insurance, etc.) and still leave time for me to study. What jobs do you suggest that can be flexible with nursing school? Also, do they offer employer paid health insurance when you work as a Nurse Tech/CNA? Thanks to anyone who could give me some advice on being able to support myself financially while I'm in nursing school. Also, tell me how you did it when you were in school. Any advice helps! Thanks.