I had posted a few weeks ago about not being able to find a job being a new LPN. Everyone wanted 1 yrs experience. I was getting desperate and spent 8 hr days going around applying everywhere I could think of. I had a few home health agencys very interested in me, but without money I was not going to be able to pay for my backround check, fingerprints, physical.... Was starting to get really nervous, this is my second career and I have never had a problem getting a job.
Well.... I finally got a call from the hospital I have always said I wanted to work for. It is one of the few that hire LPN's in the area. I am starting school in Nov to get my RN - BSN - prereqs 1st, and the job offer shifted from nights to days(although the pay is less, it fits into my life a bit better). I went and interviewed and was offered the job on the spot. I was so excited! I never really discussed money at all. Then I get a phone call to set up orientation - Monday, and she says "you do know the positon pays $13.68?" I look at it as if I really want to work in the hospital long term and will get a great education here. I have not had a job thru school and have lived basically on nothing for so long that something is better than nothing. It has moved so fast... getting the offer, accepting, doing the paperwork, starting monday. This is the way it is supposed to be - graduate one week, start work the following? I start school in November again and can defer my student loans hopefully till I am a RN ( who knows how high they will be, but if I die owing...) I have a young son and have been so blessed to have the support of many people around me. I have a few people I have to repay a few thousand dollars to. This is where my fear comes along. Did I do the right thing? I have talked with some friends at school and they have job offers at $20 - $23.00/hr. I am not doing this for the money and many people have told me that it has happened the way it is supposed to and the money will come eventually. After my 8 wks of orientation, I can work overtime, so I am hoping I can at least boost my salary that way. They say no raises until 1 yr, I am afraid of how little it will be.
Please tell me I am doing the right thing. I was ok with it until I filled out all the paperwork and was leaving and got a huge pit in my stomach.
Thanks so much in advance
Oh yea - I am REALLY grateful to have gotten a job, please do not take this the wrong way!