I am trying to decide if LPN is the right for me. I live on my own and financially can not afford to work part time for two full years for RN. My only option seems to be LPN. I live close to Philly, PA. I need to make at least 38-40k. What is the typical new grad salary? I currently make 30k a year. I was laid off and this is well under what is needed to make ends meet in my area. I've always wanted to get into health care and it seems with the lay off, I am finally being pushed in that direction. Could someone give me an accurate idea of the pay for my area? As well, should I request to shadow at a long term facility or hospital? From what has been posted, it seems most are only hiring in facilities now. Thank you for your help!