hi everyone...i'm new to this site but am loving it so far. i will be entering lpn school in jan. 09. i live in jackson, ms and was wondering if anyone out there is from the central ms area and can give me some ideas on some concerns i have. let me say this too, my plan is to bridge from lpn to rn. these are my concerns:
1. i've recd info from a local hospital, ms state hospital, they will pay you monthly while you go to school and in return you sign a 2 year contract to work for them after you graduate. and the benefits are great. this is a great incentive for a single mother like myself because i've never not had a full time job. but you cannot work full time and go to nursing school. and with talking to the nurse recruiter i told her that i plan to bridge to rn after i graduate, she went on to tell me that the starting lpn's normally get the 3rd shift and it's hard for them to bridge because you bridge at night. so, i'm not sure about that anymore either! i'm afraid to sign a "contract" to work with anyone because if i want to move to a different dept or what have you i want to be able to do that; or if a better opportunity arises at another facility i want the freedom to take it. i need the money for sure but would much rather concentrate on my studies.
2. when you graduate from nursing school and you go to work at a hospital, do you automatically get the low end of the totum pole as far as schedules go? in other words, do you automatically get the night shift? i understand that you cant go into a new job and expect to have the best of all jobs, but i've heard so many "stories" about some employers will let you make your own schedule to work around everyone's family. which is a great thing but i'm constantly thinking how can they do that because i don't know anyone who wouldn't want to work in the day time and be off on the weekends. ya know? not sure if i'm really getting my point across on this one...
3. does anyone know the starting pay, here in the jackson, ms area, for hospitals vs. clinics?
sorry this is long but these are just a few of the many questions that i have. i've been reading in this forum for hours now but no one seems to be from ms so i thought i'd ask. regardless of where you're from, i would love to hear from anyone who may or may not be able to give me some insight on the above concerns.