Hi! I'm an LVN (what we call LPN in TX). I've been one for 9 years now and worked in lots of different areas of nursing. I started in the hospital, which I LOVED but it paid horribly (started at <$9/hr) and of course that wasn't in a metro area. When I moved here to the Austin area, my pay has almost tripled in the work I've been doing (which evens out to almost $50K/yr) but that's because I've gone from working the floor in geriatrics, hospitals, etc, to supervisory positions. The other ladies are right-- LPN work is quite limited yes. I'm taking classes now to FINALLY go and get my BSN/RN. I don't want to discourage you. A lot of times because of regulations-- federal and state mandated it seems like you do a lot more paperwork than actual hands on care sometimes! You will have many rewarding times but not as many as one would hope. Just hope the man upstairs counts all that unrewarded care since the medical field never seems to! Anyway-- you were asking about money! I don't know about Alabama, but I would think, like here in TX that the metro areas will pay a lot more no matter if you're in a clinic/ hospital/ nursing home or whatever. You can probably make close to what you are now in all reality.
But of course, that pay won't be right away-- with experience!
SW: 356 (11-04)
CW: 348 (12-05)
GW: 180-190--wherever I feel most comfortable
1st Goal: 310 by April! Tax season should make me nauseous enough to not eat
2nd Goal: 240 by Nov 1st