Published Feb 11, 2005
I came across a course offering for Certified Vocational Nurse from a vocational school near my home and I was wondering how that differs from a Certified Nursing Assistant. Could anyone help me out here?
Likewise, which one is higher on the pay scale?
ANd if I may add one last question: Does the so-called pay scale go something like CNA, LVN, RN, NP, etc.? (forgive me if I am being at all offensive or naiive about this; I just want some realistic info if at all possible).
Thanks for any comments and help! :)
RN4NICU, LPN, LVN
CVN? I've never heard of this? I really don't know what to make of it - the title says "nurse" and makes no mention of assistant. However, it also says "certified" as opposed to licensed (all nurses are licensed), which doesn't really make sense to me.
Maybe someone will come along and enlighten the both of us. :)
Sorry I'm not much help, I just didn't want your post to go cold and lonely with no one to reply to it. They drop to the bottom before people can come along who know what they're talking about when that happens :chuckle
Oh yeah, almost forgot...the pay scale chain you posted looks pretty correct.
I came across a course offering for Certified Vocational Nurse from a vocational school near my home and I was wondering how that differs from a Certified Nursing Assistant. Could anyone help me out here?Likewise, which one is higher on the pay scale?ANd if I may add one last question: Does the so-called pay scale go something like CNA, LVN, RN, NP, etc.? (forgive me if I am being at all offensive or naiive about this; I just want some realistic info if at all possible).Thanks for any comments and help! :)
I think what you mean is LVN, not CVN. An LVN is a Licensed Vocational Nurse, and yes they are right below an RN. As far as pay scale, you got it right. ( CNA, LVN, RN, NP, PA, MD, etc.). I don't know your situation, as far as what you want to be, but starting out as a CNA really is not a bad idea. It will introduce you to the world of nursing, you can work as a CNA and then go to shool for LVN or RN, and have a flexible schedule and a very decent pay, and nowadays most hospitals will help you out with your schooling financially. I am a third semester LVN school and I have CNA's in my class making between $16-18 hr, work only 2-3 days a week, and their hospital helps pay for their school. Not to mention that if they don't pass the state board after graduation, they still have something to fall back on. Well, I hope I answered your question, Good Luck!!!
Thanks so much!
LOL, I thought something new had come along!
I really need to go to sleep now.
icyounurse, BSN, RN
omigod cna'a who make 18$ an hour? i worked through school for 8$ an hour as a nursing assistant. as a new rn i started out at a base rate of 18 $ an hour, and that was the highest salary in town! what state do you live in that cna's make that much? also i liked working as a cna through school as it was helpful as far as learning went, but honestly the scheudale and pay weren't that great and it was really back breaking underappreciated work, at least in my case. i think you may be glamorizing it a bit.
DEEP SOUTH? NO WONDER.
Los Angeles, California. Sunny Cal. Not at all. Yes it is hard work, but I must say. In a my class of 15 students, about 6 of them work as CNA's, and their average pay is about $14-16 hr. They work whenever they want, usually on the weekends, work 12 hour shifts, get paid 8hrs. regular pay, and the last 4hrs, they get paid O.T. pay. Some of them work per diem which they get paid more, knowing that they will be graduating in May as LVN's, they are not worried about benefits. Some hospitals here don't even require for you to have your CNA certificate, as long as you have completed 1st semester of LVN/RN program. And they start you off with about $12hr. Not glamorizing Anything
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