Quote from kisha
My Cousin Is Currently An Lpn With About 3 Years Experience. She Works With An Agency And Says She Makes About $31.oo An Hour Working With An Agency That Requires Her To Travel To Connecticut. I Was Shocked. Is This Possible. If It Is Is It Because She Works With An Agency Rather Than Directly With A Hospital, Or Because She Is Working In Connecticut.
Yes it is true, and it's is both. She is working in an area that pays more, and working for agency. Here in the Seattle an LPN can make up to $36/hr with an agency, depending on what specialty you do shifts in.
Also working agency no longer means you don't get bennies. That used to be the case, but now many agencies offer Med/Dental/Long/Short/ADD/Life insurance, and vision. The agency I work for we have fitness center, and rental car discount programs. You also get points for shifts worked, for trips and such.
So YES agency is the way to go. I work when I want, and where I want. Presently I work as an Advice Nurse, and the Medical Center hasn't been able to hire anyone into the positon. So I work any day of the week I wish, and currently I do three days a week, except Friday, and make more than I coud doing shift work at a hospital perm.
But like has already been posted you need to get some experience before venturing out with an agency. You need to know how to function on your own, with little or no orientation, and run with it.
When I got my current position I only had less than two hours oreintation, while a perm person receives 8 weeks!