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by TazziRN TazziRN, RN (Member) Member

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My daughter graduated from her CNA class tonight. One of the speakers was an administrator from the LTC where she did her clinicals. This woman gave a motivational speech about reaching your dreams, doing whatever you want, etc. Then she said that "You girls should consider going on to get your LVN. It only takes a year. Think about it: you will make about $12 an hour now as a CNA, but one year from now you can be licensed and making $24 an hour."

Hubs had to step on my toes because I was literally having to bite my lips to keep from yelling out "WHAT?????"

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jojotoo is a RN and specializes in Emergency.

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The time seems short and the pay seems high.

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lovingtheunloved has 12 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in LTC, home health, critical care.

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Ooooohhh, I work with some lovely CNAs who are hard workers, and sweet to the residents, but God bless them, I cringe at the thought of a potentially lethal medication in their dumb little hands...it only takes a year, right?

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Your daughter is lucky to have you to keep her expectations within the realm of reality. Employed and earning $24/hr, right out of school is not the norm everywhere. Those of us who have been around a little, know that. And $12/hr for CNA is not always the case either. I would like to see how many LVNs this administrator hires full time at that rate.

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Dolce is a RN and specializes in Day Surgery, Agency, Cath Lab, LTC/Psych.

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Well, I know that Apollo College accepts students and turns them into LPNs in eleven months. I think that they incorporate all of the pre-reqs into their program to get it all accomplished in a year. Not sure how the NCLEX pass rate is though. But $24/hour?! Wow. I should have gone to LPN school instead of RN if that is the standard new grad rate of pay. I recently had a job offer for an RN position in an ER for $23/hour and I have 3 years experience.

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hikernurse has 8 years experience and specializes in NICU.

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I wish I'd been paid anywhere near those wages for either CNA or LPN.

Wonder what the starting rate is for RN's . . . ;)

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I made about $12 an hour as a nurse aide while I was in school. Nursing homes around here often hire LVNs for as much as $26/hour right out of school. I'm not sure what the benefits are like, but the hourly pay is pretty decent. Made me a little upset when I heard that, considering how much school I paid for and what I'm getting paid now.

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My daughter graduated from her CNA class tonight. One of the speakers was an administrator from the LTC where she did her clinicals. This woman gave a motivational speech about reaching your dreams, doing whatever you want, etc. Then she said that "You girls should consider going on to get your LVN. It only takes a year. Think about it: you will make about $12 an hour now as a CNA, but one year from now you can be licensed and making $24 an hour."

Hubs had to step on my toes because I was literally having to bite my lips to keep from yelling out "WHAT?????"

And that speaker was probably on her way to a MA school recruitment day with the same spiel.

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I'm not saying it's not possible to be an LVN within a year of starting, because of programs like the one mentioned above. But what nursing program has NO wait list? And I don't think there are those kinds of programs in that area either. Plus nothing was said about being unable to practice anywhere outside of CA, like RNs who attended programs like that.

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hikernurse has 8 years experience and specializes in NICU.

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I'm not saying it's not possible to be an LVN within a year of starting, because of programs like the one mentioned above. But what nursing program has NO wait list? And I don't think there are those kinds of programs in that area either. Plus nothing was said about being unable to practice anywhere outside of CA, like RNs who attended programs like that.

You know, Tazzi, there is SO much misinformation going around about nursing schools that it kinda grates that some is being disseminated by the people who know better.

There are a lot of people who think, "Oh, nursing shortage. I'll call and let the school know I'm coming--they'll be thrilled to see me :idea:" without any idea of what it actually entails.

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RNfromMN has 4 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Developmental Disabilities, LTC.

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And that speaker was probably on her way to a MA school recruitment day with the same spiel.

That is exactly what I was thinking.;)

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NRSKarenRN has 40 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion.

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My LPN school was 12 months..least amount time is 11 months.

Often program is 8 hrs/5 days week too with that timeline. Once licensed as LVN/LPN, their license is transferable to another state via endorsement, just like an RN. Many LPN programs do not usually have wait list.

Since you live in Calif, $24.00/hr rate for SNF believable. SNF's in Philly pay is higher than hospitals as few in my area hire LPN's; caring for 25-40+ residents per shift is hard dedicated work.

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