Dear Nurse Beth,
I am considering a career change to nursing. I'm thinking of entering into the LPN program because once I'm accepted I only have to be out of work for one year, as opposed to two. After I get my LPN licensure I am going to bridge to RN.
My question is why is it that no matter how many years of experience you have LPNs only make 40k a year? Why do LTC facilities pay so low? Can you do home care nursing as an LPN?
It's an unfortunate reality that LPNs do not make high wages. This despite hard work and their expertise.
LTC facilities pay what they do because of supply and demand- they can.
LPNs can do home care within their scope of practice in their state, yes.
When you get your RN, the ceiling on your pay increases greatly. You will not regret getting your RN.
You may want to reconsider getting your LPN first and then getting your RN. It will take less time to directly get your RN. Therefore you will be making more money sooner.