Ok, so I probably found some pretty decent LPN jobs.
The rehabilitation hospital I worked at as a CNA hired me and is putting me on nursing orientation tonight! Unfortunately, I still do not have an LPN name badge and no one has, as of yet, even discussed pay with me. Due to the slightly anonymous nature of my blog, I will report back what I was offered as a new grad.
I also have discovered a flex position at a local nursing home that reportedly pays about $28/hr for its flex LPNs. I filled out an application fairly quickly after hearing that, believe me. The good news is my friend from high school runs a community clinic where I live as an RN-BSN, and he is friends with the assistant director of nursing. Hopefully I can use him as a reference and have her look for me. That would be absolutely awesome to get a job making that kind of dough!
According to internet sources, my state's average hourly LPN rate is about $23/hr. So, they pay above average. However, it's per diem, so there's no guarantee of hours and there are no benefits. So it's a good bit above the average, but not unheard of since they aren't doing any sort of hour guarantee or benefits. But for that kind of money... I can live with those stipulations (especially if it's just a side gig)!
On a more frightening note, I'm absolutely terrified to get my liver/immune system test back. I feel pretty bad about it. I'm not going to obsess like I did last year though... it is what it is.
Home life is pretty craptastic lately as well. What was supposed to be a great time in life, getting employment as a nurse, has turned into a major resentment for my wife. Since she no longer wants to be with me (and trust me, the feeling is mutual) she views this new career with a whole bunch of resentment.
I would really like to go out and have a beer or two with friends, but my schedule is so insanely crazy I have difficulty squeezing in time for meals, even though I'm somehow getting fatter. Life pretty much just sucks... it seems like the only saving grace is that at least I'm doing pretty good career-wise and pretty good in school (until that damn liver test comes back).