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Is Money Everything???

I'm a new grad Lpn who accepted the first job at a Nursing home making decent money. I have 19 years of Optical experience but none in the medical field, not even as a CNA. Some of my friends I graduated with have had several jobs, and accepted them only to leave them for a job making more money. Literally one classmate has had 4 to 5 job offers and she settled on one, but now will be leaving after 2 weeks to accept a job 5 mins from her home making $24/hr. Am I wrong for taking the first offer or should I stay put and gain the experience and knowledge first????


Specializes in LTC.

OP - you might wish to change your name and pix for posting here. Someone could recognize you and you don't want to tip your hand re looking elsewhere.

It doesn't hurt to look around for other job opportunities, but be sure you have all your duckies in order before you jump ship.

Thanks for the tip/advice!!! I don't plan on leaving though.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych.

Money is not everything, but it is very important. Nurses work too hard to be earning noncompetitive pay.

I hopped jobs more than once during my LPN years, primarily for the significant bumps in pay that would be in it for me.

strawberryluv, BSN, RN

Specializes in LTC, Med-surg.

It really depends on the person. For me, pay is important. I want to be making a competitive pay if I am going to be working in the long term care capacity because the work is hard and exhausting! Where I am at, I am compensated well for my experience and I am happy for it. I am also pretty loyal about staying in one job. If I am hired I generally like to stay for at least one year.


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