California LPN/CMA Salary???

  1. hello all,
    i'm thinking very strongly about moving to california from minnesota, prefebly los angeles or san diego. i know that the price of living is much higher there and i would like to know what i could expect to make working in a clinic there. i have 1 year of experience. i any of you could give me a good idea of what to expect, i would much appreciate it.
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    About CMALynzer

    Joined: Nov '10; Posts: 24; Likes: 13
    Clinic Nurse; from US
    Specialty: 6 year(s) of experience in CNA, LPN and CMA


  3. by   OneHungryNurse
    I'm sure you already know that LPNs (LVNs in Ca), are pretty much kicked out of major hospitals by now. Therefore, they are forced to work in sub-acute, clinics,LTC... etc.
    Considering this: The standard around the LA County area, goes like:
    (approx.) 1 yr experience
    Nursing Homes - pay the most usually $18-24
    Clincs - $16-21
    Home Health $pays per visit... can reallly add up

    In all reality, Ca does not have a nursing shortage. With the economy in the dump, a lot of retired nurses have rejoined the workforce, and new grads find it harder and harder to find jobs. Older nurses are holding on to their jobs longer causeing a back up of the student vs mentor passing of the torch. Hospitals are pushing to only hire BSN-RNs, which in turn forces ADN-RNs to take up much needed lower echelon jobs from the LPNs. Its rough out here, (I'm a LVN as well) I decided to just go back to school and get that BSN. Happy Hunting!!!