Published Sep 7, 2010
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In my rural area of Indiana, LPNs start at about $14/hr in a hospital, and RNs start at about $18-19/hr. Quite a difference for doing the exact same thing.
It's the fact that RN's have 2+ years of schooling and more educational background which means they SHOULD be able to identify issues with a patient faster than an LPN and also have a more in depth understanding of patho than an LPN. Therefore they get paid more because they are more valuable. I'm not saying this is THE SPOKEN TRUTH, but that's the idea why pay is different.
Makes sense, learn more, earn more.... you could say alot of people do similar jobs and get paid more or less, that's just life... but thanks for all this it helps alot, even though I am not really concerned about how much I personally will earn, It will be nice, eventually to get a pay check that i didn't have to write myself!!!
Experience in any job will earn you more money....
Very true. I was told by some wise nurses while I was in LPN school that LPNs learn "how" and RNs learn "how and why". Couldn't agree more.
NurseLoveJoy88, ASN, RN
I kind of disagree with this statement. In my nursing program LPN and RN students were in the same class. The LPN students were just able to sit for their boards after a year and had the option to continue on through the RN program. With that said LPN students learned HOW and WHY. As a nurse ( LPN) I work in LTC. There is no way I can provide competent and quality care with out knowing WHY and understanding the patho, clinical manifestations, nursing process, and etc. There have been times when I put my critical thinking skills to work and discovered WHY something was going on with a resident before the RN did.
RN do have more education obviously but LPNs do and must know how and WHY.
The pay is different due to the education and the fact that RNs have more responsibility. There are several things RNS can do that LPNS are not able to do. I do disagree that RNS are move valuable than LPNS. I believe every health care employee is valuable. From housekeeping to cnas to secretaries to lpns to rns are valuable as long as they do their job and are competent. WE have many nurses lpns and rns that are not valuable due to not being prudent nurses.
I live in Indiana and I know that typically nursing homes will pay LPNs more than hospitals will. I have a friend that works as an LPN in a nursing home and he makes $21 an hr where as the hospital that I work at only pays $17 for LPNs. I know his nursing home for RNS only pays $23-24 so not much difference, but the hospital that I work at on the other hand pays around $28 an hour.
This can vary drastically though depending on what state you live in and where you are working. Experience obviously plays a role into it as well, just like it would for any job.
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