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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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    londa

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    WELL DONT LOOK AT HAMPTON RAODS AREA, VIRGINIA THEY PAY $13 TO $15HR MEDICAL ASSISTANT IN DOCTOR OFFICES MAKE 10.50 THIS IS THE WORST STATE AND IT SHOULD BE ON THAT LIST

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    loneoak

    about 5 years ago

    12 comments

    To: sfccon,
    As an LVN, you will not be working in a hospital in Texas for very much longer! Save your money. I believe that as of mid 2010, hospitals in Texas will no longer hire LVN's. They want only "professional" nurses...ie, RN"S! I found out this information at a couple of classes I had taken in May 2009. Already, Corpus Christi hospitals are only advertising for RN's. And, with quickly trained medical assistants, medical clinics and doctor's offices are hiring them over LVN"S because they can hire an MA for a lot less than an LVN. Hope you like geriatrics as nursing homes will be the only future for LVN's who love bedside nursing. Of course, I see so many LVN's who think leaving the nurse's station is not in their job description.
    TO: melco75. Don't feel left out. I live in a rural community in Texas and there is a glut of LVN's in this area. Every small community with a county hospital also has an extension of a major university or community college which graduates a class of vocational / practical nurses every year. There just aren't enough jobs for LVN's to go around. If you are a newcomer to the community, your chances of finding even part time employment is quite small as most places are very clique-ish and every employed nurse will know an unemployed nurse that is from the community and they will be the ones to get any jobs that come open. This is true for any job such as the local grocery store or convenience store. I do not like living in a large city but I have no choice if I need to work and, especially, want to work in nursing. I wish good luck to all good nurses out there wanting to make someone's life a bit happier.

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    melco75

    about 5 years ago

    70 comments

    They say Ohio has the most LPN job openings, but I cannot seem to find a job here to save my life!

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    SUENURSE

    about 5 years ago

    16 comments

    I am wondering why Wisconsin isn't on any of the lists. The big areas are paying almost the what the small areas are. I became a CNA in 2005 making about $13.00/ hr and then in 2007 got my LPN license making about $15.00/hr. Our CNAs are union members and got decent pay raises then the LPNs got $1/hour across the board. This is a great incentive for new nurses as for once experience isn't required (like 5-10 years ) before they'll talk to you. By the way, I also have a Bachelor's Degree in Bus Mngmt. Could maybe be making a lot more money but right now I have found my niche where when a resident is down in the dumps, I can be silly and at least get them to grin and laugh with me. My residents look for me to be there and give me ---- when I'm off a few days. Like I have to get it approved through them, it's hard enough to get it approved through the DON and Administrator. I treat my residents as I want to be treated - lots of hugs and back massages. I have been at this nursing almost two years and feel like the only family some of them have. Give them respect and they trust you then you can get them to do what they are supposed to do (meds, exercise, etc). I'll put it this way: I LOVE my job. Sue

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    justus4

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    HA! I just interviewed for an LPN job at a clinic in Iowa and starting pay is 13.59!!!!!!!! I can't believe how after all the schooling I've had and experience, I would only make $1 more than a CNA at the hospital!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    dturn

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I am an LPN of 26 years in Baltimore Md. The most I have made is 32.00 an hour and that was week-end option. I have made 26.58 in nursing homes and 19.00 in clinic type settings. I try to work in nursing homes. I like the work and the 7-3 shift. Unfortunately due to the politics invoved and the "fire at will"policy most of them have, I usually don't last long. Nurses are not allowed to join the union.

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    preston510

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    im looking to move to north carolina around concord charlette area.. please help i will not move if my salary cannot support me with something extra to live on. whats the best pay in that area..

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    sfccon

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    Wow, the by looking here, I am amazed by the difference in the pay rates. Why is Texas no where on these lists? Doesn't everyone know that everthing is bigger in Texas!! I am an LVN working ICU/ER at $29.80/hr

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    lilheapoflovin

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Dont come to Tennessee because they absolutely pay nothing here.....

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    lpn2000jan

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    I have been a nurse lil over 9 yrs now & have worked many areas in 2 states (NY & IL). Seems Dr offices pay least, hospitals next, the nursing home & agency. I think out of all the areas I have explored ICU/ER was my favorite, but unfortunately most hospitals have now faded LPN's out of thise areas. Agency was great pay & able to make own schedule, but pitfall was sometimes there weren't hours available when I needed. Currently @ nursing home for about 1 year again & must say love what I do but gets frustrating when see the elderly abandoned by family. I've been thinking of moving & uncertain where I'd like to go but warmer weather sounds nice so anywhere but north so top 10 states, no way. LOL Anyone have any suggestions to nice states/areas for an experienced LPN?

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    Kozey

    over 5 years ago

    32 comments

    I want to move to Connecticut. They seem to pay the best.Anyone know where I can get A job there???????????????

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    Kozey

    over 5 years ago

    32 comments

    What about the state of Washington?

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    meaa55

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I live in California & have been in nursing for 30 years. As an LVN my highest pay in 1995 was $11.25 an hour. I opened my own Home Health Care business & and make $50-75,000. a year. All it took was a business license in the town I wanted to work, FBI check, DMV check, and putting my name on the Senior Citizens list of caregivers avalable. Set my own rate & type I would except. Michele

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    NURSE_WENDY

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I LIVE IN NEBRASKA AND HAVE BEEN AN LPN FOR 7 YEARS. I AM MAKING BETWEEN $19-$21/ HR. BUT THAT IS AT A PRN JOB AND AGENCY NURSING...... NO PTO TIME BUT I CAN MAKE MY OWN SCHEDULE

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    Esha

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    hi i live in california. i am a RN i finished it in 2007 december still i dont have any job whereever i go they are asking for experience as a new grad it is very hard to start a job in california. lot of compitition. still looking for a job. if anybody have any thoughts please let me know .

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