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Top 10 Best and Worst States to be a LPN/LVN

Top 10 Best and Worst States to be a LPN/LVN

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There is a projected need for 309,000 LPN and LVNs needed in the United States by 2016. LPN and LVNs are one of the most in demand professions in America, but with so many job openings, it begs the question: Where should you work? NursingLink is committed to providing its members with the most most pertinent career research available. Below is the 10 best and worst places to be a LPN and LVN based on starting salary and job openings.


10 States with the Lowest LPN/LVN Jop Openings

State Average Annual Job Openings
1. New Hampshire
110
2. South Dakota
80
3. Hawaii
70
4. North Dakota
70
5. Rhode Island
70
6. Delaware
60
7. Maine
50
8. Vermont
50
9 Wyoming
50
10. Alaska
20



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    onepowerfullady

    almost 4 years ago

    260 comments

    Yep, Im in MS. I think I should be considering a move for awhile. LOL! I am going to go on and bridge for the RN as soon as I finish this program. I am short a couple of prerequisites as mines are over 11 years old.....This is sad!

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    Account Removed

    almost 4 years ago

    While Ohio may have some of the most openings for LPNs, it has been one of the worst states to work in as an LPN. I've worked in several other states in my career as an LPN and Ohio has been the worst and most limiting in terms of scope of practice. If you start out in Ohio as an LPN I suppose it isn't a big issue, but for anyone who moves there and gets their license by endorsement it is a HUGE change and major limitations are put on you concerning what you can/cannot do.

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    dawn3pugs

    almost 4 years ago

    2 comments

    Those figures seem high to me too. The most I made with 25 years experience was 17.00 an hour doing home care/hospice. Private duty is around 22. But who can live like that, never knowing what will happen tomorrow. I currently make close to 16.00 an hour with my shift diff in a nursing home. I am in PA.

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    strgazr84

    almost 4 years ago

    6 comments

    I live in Mass and the the salary figures are true... but.....we are Taxachusetts and dont bring home that. Not even close. And dont think about working in a nursing home. they pay atleast $3 less/hr. Private duty nursing as an LPN is close to $22, if not more.

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    loveworklife

    almost 4 years ago

    2 comments

    I live in corpus christi, and I find that is untrue. There is a need for all nurses. Corpus christi is the fattest city in america. To act as if lvns aren't quote professional is obsurd. Secondly lvn training is about the same time length as medical assistants. Medical assistants get externships but not hospital rotations. Lvns are better trained, anyone who can't find a job in a hospital or clinic as an lvn here are just not trying. Its amazing how people like to say there isn't a need for lpns, but yet you don't see the job going anywhere.

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    sfccon

    almost 4 years ago

    4 comments

    to loneoak: about a yr ago you said there wouldnt be LVN's in the hosp? I'm still here at $29+/hr!! They have had that same rumor my whole career, and I continue to work! Not sure where y'all get your figures, but they dont agree with the world I'm living in.

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    LPNslave

    almost 4 years ago

    4 comments

    I would like to move to Cincinnati, Ohio. Wonder how they pay?

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    LPNslave

    almost 4 years ago

    4 comments

    Delaware pays very well for LPN?LVN I made 24/day shift and 26/night shift, now I'm in Louisiana only making 17.50 and they dont pay shift diff.

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    prettyblknurse

    almost 4 years ago

    2 comments

    I have been search for employment in south carolina after making 28 in NY Im not ready for half the pay. This is real crazy!

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    yvonnejohnson

    about 4 years ago

    2 comments

    The state of Kentucky should be on the "worst" list. I'm an LPN and I don't even make $12 an hour working in a nursing home. The owners of the company said the reason we're not paid much is because the area we live in is considered a depressed area, so we should be willing to work for anything considering we're poor and all.

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    ddnursemary

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    I agree with do not come to TN. I just moved here and I have been offered a range of 13.00 to 15.45 an hour. I was previously in AZ and made between 20.00 to 28.00 an hour. There are few jobs for lpns in AZ and they have been hit hard by the recession so when you apply you are up against 100+ other applicants. I have 27 years of experience under my belt. Time to head to school at 50+ years of age to get my RN degree.

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    laurajeanalvarez

    over 4 years ago

    14 comments

    well i didnt see san antonio texas on the list just letting people know that it dhould be on the list because they are hiring everywhere starting pay is anywhere from 18.00 to 21.00 an hour depending where you decide to work GOODLUCK!!!!

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    laurajeanalvarez

    over 4 years ago

    14 comments

    WELL DIDNT SEE San

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    kathyf

    about 5 years ago

    14 comments

    Don't get me wrong about Nursing Homes! It's not that they are a bad place to work; it's the principle of the thing that it is nearly restricted to that now while RNs have so many choices. On to RN school it is!!

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    kathyf

    about 5 years ago

    14 comments

    Where are the LVN jobs in Northern CA? Seems to me they are all in nursing homes! What a shame after all the schooling I did!(Associates Degree)!!And now the waiting list for RN schools is awful!

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