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I know this is a bit late, but Shands Jacksonville is union. I don't know much about it, but they have the highest paid nurses in Jax, but I hear it is not the best place to work.
Thanks, Tweety! I don't start my new job until next Monday, so I don't know much about the staff. I do know that UF has some clinics that employ RNs and even some LPNs which is why I was considering the LPN route. One of the community colleges up here still offers an LPN program, but they also have a nights and weekends RN program. I think that I am going to go that route. Thanks again for your advice, I really appreciate it!:wink2:
I need advice. I recently entered the medical field as a medical assistant. About half way through MA school I realized that I want to be a nurse so I started taking the prereqs while I was still going to MA school, I am almost done and will be ready to apply soon. I did my externship for MA and absoutely loved working in a clinic but at the same time I got hired by a hospital, basically doing CNA work. I took that job because I figured I could still go to school and it would help with my goal of becoming a nurse. I have only been working for 4 months but I have felt somewhat unfufilled in my job and the money is just horrible, 9.76 an hour and I am only part time. So I started applying for MA jobs and I got hired at University of Florida. They are starting me at almost 13.00 and full time. The money still isn't great but I am excited that I will be in a clinic and doing more hands on work. I start next week. I am not sure what to do about my goal of being a nurse. I'm not even sure that I want to be a nurse. Watching the nurses in the hospital, I have realized that it is not the kind of work I want to be doing. I want to be in the clinic, educating and taking care of patients. I want to assist with surgical procedures and just be more hands on. Should I still pusue my nursing degree but insist on staying in a clinic? Should I go for my LPN rather than my RN, or even get a degree in something else like Health Science that will work with my MA certification? I know I will have more options down the road if I get my RN, but I also want to think about my happiness, not just money. I know this is a long post, but any advice would be so welcomed!
It is offensive when people think nurses make so much money, I'm not a nurse yet, but when I watch the nurses in the ICU where I work and see how hard they work I don't think they make enough. And the all the responsibility that they have...I agree with Methylene though, it is a high paying job for an associates degree level education. I believe that nursing is not a profession you can do for the money, you have to do it because you love it. Here in Jacksonville, FL GRNs make around 20.00/hr and a newly licensed RN makes about 24.00, so it sounds like far less than other areas you all have discussed. I made more when I was a customer service rep for the local phone company. Of course, I got laid off from that job which is why I am going to be a nurse. :wink2:
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