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by cawkazn cawkazn (New Member) New Member

cawkazn has 1 years experience and works as a LVN.

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I recently got my license, I have not found a job as an LVN yet. Right now I am currently a cable guy. I have been searching for jobs as an LVN and have noticed that many of the places are paying as low as $15 hr!! *** is that?!?! So I went to school and took out loans to make $15 hr? its ridiculous. I am making more now doing cable, if I want to be a nurse it seems I am going to have to take a pay cut. I want to be a nurse but bills need to be paid and is more of a priority in my life so I am kind of torn on what to do. Continue doing cable and making more $$$$ or take the loss and be a nurse. the only benefit I can see is that long term nursing will pay more once I gain experience. I cant make up my mind what to do, any advice?

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It sucks. Sounds like the area you are in is pretty low paying. But I have to ask, didn't you know how much LVNs in your area make before you decided to become one? Hope you find something suitable for you soon.

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Is it possible to do both?

And, yikes, $15 is low. Where do you live?

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Isn't it great? Just like teachers, police, firemen and others who serve the public, our pay does not adequately reflect our training, skill, and the risks we assume.

If I were you, I'd continue working in cable and get your RN. The pay will go up, but not nearly enough. To wit: I am a bachelors prepared RN with more than 1 year of experience. I make less than $20 an hour.

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RedhairedNurse works as a RN.

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I knew LVNs didn't make much so that's why I went for my RN instead. I did a little research before jumping into school. Plus I went to a community college and got my RN for less than 10K

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cawkazn has 1 years experience and works as a LVN.

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I am in southern california, i want to go to school to get my RN but there is just no time. My work is physically demanding, and I work at least 10 hours a day. And I cannot do both either. Its got to be one or the other.

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cawkazn has 1 years experience and works as a LVN.

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cant, no time.

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sixpack7us has 16 years experience and works as a Er Nurse.

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Dude, that sucks! You can get paid the most in a Hospital especially if you are not opposed to working night and weekends. The weekend night shift differential at the Hospital I work at is $8.25 per hour. I am an LPN as well and I make over $30 per hour because of the shift diff. I am also going to Nursing school to get my RN too.

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nickos works as a psych tech in the ER/ER ward clerk.

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Is there a possibility of an online LPN>RN bridge program that you could do in your little spare time while continuing to work cable?

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EmergencyNrse has 17 years experience.

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Bar-tending pays more too...

Hey, make it one class at a time. Two?

A little bit at a time. Save.

Financially you need to be in a better position. It's worth it.

RN is where you want to be... LPN is a waste of your time.

I can't tell you how fast it happens and you're done.

When you're ready to enter the program for the core classes...Do it!

In your situation right now I would say you're not ready.

...just sayin'

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nyteshade has 15 years experience and works as a Many hats.

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isn't it great? just like teachers, police, firemen and others who serve the public, our pay does not adequately reflect our training, skill, and the risks we assume.

if i were you, i'd continue working in cable and get your rn. the pay will go up, but not nearly enough. to wit: i am a bachelors prepared rn with more than 1 year of experience. i make less than $20 an hour.

in what region of the country???

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