I'm looking for inspiration. Currently a cna in an impoverished neighborhood waiting to take my nclex. My only dream is to move me and my children out. I was wondering if anyone had a pretty hard time that was alleviated by becoming a nurse. Would love to know
Jan 30, '13
I graduated from LPN school and 3 days later took my NCLEX.
Within 40 days I was starting my first job at a prison. My base was $14.69 with $1.50 after 4pm. Hours were 6a-6p and they let me choose my own set schedule due to such a staffing shortage. Monday Wednesday and Friday. It was awesome!!! My average paycheck was approximately $863 after taxes.
I bought a computer! I paid off my car 1 full year early! I have no student loans because I went through a cheap cheap community college and received and EXCELLENT education!
However, I wasn't happy with my job. I felt like I did so much but was so underpaid. I then went PRN. I dropped my benefits and set schedule. My pay was increased to $18.50 with shift differentials still applicable. There was a dire need for weekend work which paid $1.00 more / hr. Eventually I picked up every saturday and sunday and then a third day as needed.
The increase in pay really made the job much more palatable. The experience was invaluable and I eventually landed an ER LPN position at a local hospital. Even now I'm like "Shut the front door, I'm an LPN doing REAL nursing in an ER!!" I mean, have you seen my posts? I don't think I have even one post that doesn't have me talking about being an ER LPN! HAHAHAAHAHAH!!!!! FREAKING LOVE IT!
The pay was actually even better at the hospital because the shift differentials are more and weekends are 20% more vs. $1.00.
I now LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE my job. I am weekend option and make $20 / hr with all my differentials averaged into the 2 days / week. I gained like 50 lbs (not too happy with that, but man... that restaurant food is soooo good). I have ACLS, PALS, TB, and CPI certifications!
Seriously... the year prior to becoming a nurse, I barely broke $12,000 for the whole year. It was AWEFUL! I did nothing but serve tables for mean, fat people who didn't know how to tip properly or teenagers who were so angst over their newfound faith that their version of a tip was to leave a card telling me how God hates gay people.
Being an LPN has been amazing for me. I will be an RN soon and make even more money (hopefully not gain anymore weight). I figured it out, if I were a Weekend Option RN, it'd be like $36/hr. PHEW!!!
Rags to riches!! YES! PS- i forgot to mention, i'm going to be making an offer on my first house tomorrow!
Last edit by libran1984 on Jan 30, '13
: Reason: inaccurate hours