State to state nursing

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  1. Profile photo of Brock-MN
    8 April 2013 at 2:37 PM #

    How does your state rank? Were you surprised by any stats?

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      Amanda Brock RN CEN
      20 May 2013 at 3:03 PM #

      If this many people are below the average for their state, perhaps the averages are misleadingly high? I mean, where did those numbers come from? I followed the link but where did that site get their information? It’s not really an average if most of the people fall below it is it?

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        retired rn
        9 June 2013 at 6:11 AM #

        Amanda: You must have forgotten the statistics you had in college. So here’s a bit of a refresher! Average, also known as mean, can be deceiving, but it is, what it is. If calculated properly, then yes, it most certainly could really be an average, even if most of the people fall below it. For example: 10 people ate burgers for lunch; 6 ate 1, 3 ate 2, 1 ate 10; average = 2.2; 9 of 10 people ate less than 2.2 burgers, but that is the average, none the less. Average can be susceptible to skewing. In this case the person eating 10 skewed the results. Mode would better reflect the group’s lunch. Using mode, the result is 1, the most common number of burgers eaten by the members of the group.

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      Wound LPN III
      21 July 2013 at 1:36 PM #

      I am pretty much on par for my state of Va. License renewal is $110.00 and beginning in the next 2 years I have to obtain required CEUs for license renewal. I know several other states already have this and new for Va it was just a matter of time.

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      Denise Mcintosh
      26 September 2013 at 1:44 PM #

      Um this is misleading to say the least, in Pa where I live the actual starting salary is about 42-43,000. Now I went to work in the State Prison from the local hospital and started at 56,000. But again I work in a prison and they can’t get Rn’s so that is why I make what I do. I got an opportunity to work at the Va but they offered me less then what I made at the hospital when I first started out, couldn’t take that deep a cut due to hubby being a disabled Vet and not able to work.

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      adelaneyrn 20 May 2014 at 11:56 PM #

      The Maryland number is significantly inflated. The NY number is about right. But this list gives the figures approximately the same for both states, and yet I make $10/hr less than I did in NY here in Maryland and from talking with other nurses, this is the standard salary difference. So this list is way off for some states.

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      24 July 2014 at 3:05 PM #

      I just paid the fees for Arizona and it was $300 without the fingerprints and starting pay is about 20K less than posted. I understand its an average but maybe post one with starting pay too to give prospects an idea.

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      TODDJOSEPH 30 April 2015 at 9:51 PM #

      I’m an LPN in Wisconsin. Your report says the average wage is 34,000 this is very inaccurate. I make 50,000 per year, and that is more like the average for our state.

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    Stephanie Wright Frisch
    8 April 2013 at 2:56 PM #

    I live in Ontario and our annual fee is 175.15 and starting salary for a union RN is 58K a year, I don’t know the average salary. I am from WV which ranks 26th. It is better than I expected.

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      Linda Zelazny Perkins
      1 June 2013 at 10:53 AM #

      i am from Ontario, and the nurses I have talked to say you can’t find a good full time job, most start at part time. Do you find that true??

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        Kyla 3 July 2013 at 2:15 PM #

        I’m from Ontario as well and originally moved out of province as there are very limited full time jobs-many places run on seniority as well, thus new nurses starting with few hours.

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    katiemomRN 8 April 2013 at 3:19 PM #

    I was pleasantly surprised to see the average pay in Colorado is so high, since we plan to move there in a few years. I’m currently living in NYC, so the New York average is actually far below what I make, unsurprisingly.

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    marci 8 April 2013 at 3:22 PM #

    can someone tell me what a compact state and what a walk through state is

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      Meg 9 June 2013 at 3:26 PM #

      compact states are states that have like or similar requirements for RN or LPN, so if you live in a compact state you can work in any state but yours if it’s a compact state, I think there’s at least 18 states now, A wake through state is if you want a license in that state, you go to the state board of nursing with the paperwork and fees and can get your license that day, no wait time.

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      Suzi Wright
      24 August 2013 at 1:14 AM #

      There are currently 24 compact states. If you hold a multi-state licenses, you can work in any of the other compact states temporarily without having to change your state of residence or obtain a licenses for that state. Here is the information directly from the National Counsel for State Boards of Nursing, if you’re interested.

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      Keri C. 8 December 2013 at 1:28 AM #

      A compact state is a state with which a group of states have agreed to National Standards for Licensing, maintenance of licensure, and so on an so forth. A walk through state is one that it is very fast to obtain Licensure in. Which = decreased screening and less criminal records checks, but makes it easier for people who want to multi-state practice without being limited to the Compact state agreement.

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    8 April 2013 at 3:26 PM #

    In 2000, NCBSN launched a new initiative to expand the mobility of nurses as part of our nation’s health care delivery system. The Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) allows nurses to have one multistate license, with the ability to practice in both their home state and other party states.

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    8 April 2013 at 3:27 PM #

    Walk-through states allow a nurse to be issued a temporary state nursing license within one hour to one day’s time. This temporary travel nursing license is used to practice nursing while awaiting permanent licensure to be processed.

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    Amiee Elizabeth Davis
    8 April 2013 at 5:47 PM #

    So how does the cost of living rank go. 1=highest cost and 50= lowest or vise versa ?

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    Joelle Martel
    8 April 2013 at 6:03 PM #

    Actually The Licence Few In Louisiana Is 80.00

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      9 April 2013 at 10:38 AM #

      We just displayed the initial licensing fee instead of renewal fee.

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    Jason Hautala RN
    8 April 2013 at 6:19 PM #

    Since the vast majority of states accept the NCLEX test, I think the license should be a federal level license and that they only reason the states have control over it is for them to make money. When I moved from OR to WA for a job, they didn’t care about my training or anything, they just accepted what I had and wanted their money. In general I’m more of a state’s rights kind of guy, but while serving in the Army Reserves, it was a hassle not being able to treat civilians during a disaster in another state because I didn’t have a license for that state, but I could treat military personal while on duty.

    I think states can still require additional types or amounts of CEUs if they want to require that of nurses working in their states, but that should be more of a facility level decision and the actual license should be valid anywhere you travel. This would also help reduce the amount of nurses that have a restriction on their license from one state being able to practice without restriction in another state, just because most states don’t actually look that hard at the application materials and just take the money and run.

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      spectrabrite 8 June 2013 at 9:31 AM #

      States all require different levels of clinical / theory hours and other training prior to taking the NCLEX, this is why if you move to CA it can be hard for some to transfer in.

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    lizls 10 April 2013 at 7:51 AM #

    How do places feel about Canadian nurses? Are there many that have found their way to the States?

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      Noctelyne 15 May 2013 at 3:24 PM #

      Been practicing in the states for many years. I’ve always been very well received. They have always been very pleased with our work and spelling of words the “Canadian way” by adding an “o”. Others still get a kick out of our charting and accents on syllables. They don’t have “Gravol”. Lol. Different pronunciation of certain words and meds but you catch on quick. I did find the American Nursing Board Exams much easier than the Canadian Exams.

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    Di Sankey
    22 April 2013 at 11:22 AM #

    I currently live in Fl. and have worked for nearly 40 years in all capacities over the years in both FL and OH.

    These “average” figures can be very misleading. If they called HR departments to gather data then those figures are seldom accurate as these departments often bump up their quotes to get nurses to apply. Most RN’s in FL. start around $55,000. a year and CNA’s start at about $18,500.00 a year. Fl. does not offer any extra compensation for advanced degrees or specialty certification and in south east FL if you only speak English and/or are over 50 you cannot get an interview. I was offered a position to do facility surveys in FL. and they only offered $34,500.00 a year for a MS prepared BSN with 30+ yrs. experience.

    People, please remember what an average is. The figures here are not a realistic starting wage, at least not in FL and Ohio. I lived in OH many years and the annual income for all categories in OH was about $10K a year higher than in FL.

    The data collected may be skewed for a variety of reason and could be simply that they included starting wages, executive wages and other specialty compensation.

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      Robert Hulsman
      8 June 2013 at 9:14 AM #

      The CNA’s that they are talking about here, I’m pretty sure, are Certified Nurse Assistants which is less than an RN in time spent in the classroom.

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    LaRissa Tidwell
    22 April 2013 at 11:43 AM #

    I’m not sure where you got your Utah stats, but they are way too high. I’ve been an LPN here for 20 years and never got above $26,000.

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      22 April 2013 at 11:54 AM #

      Our sources for our stats are located beneath the table

    • Profile photo of 9 October 2013 at 5:27 AM #

      I have been an LPN in Connecticut for 20+ years. I make about 69,000 a year without overtime, have 5 week vacation, 5 personal days, and 12 sick days. I consider myself blessed!!!

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    C. Aaston
    22 April 2013 at 2:05 PM #

    And where is Washington DC???

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    Traci Walls
    20 May 2013 at 1:56 PM #

    I live in Pennsylvania and I am above average until I figure in taxes, then I am about even. To the fine LPNs/LVNs in Connecticut and Massachusetts, wow! Not sure what your practice acts are, but I think I’m in the wrong state!:)

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    20 May 2013 at 2:54 PM #

    I am considering going for my Lpn next I am currently a CNA and wanted hands on experience before I dedicated myself to a higher level and come to see they really don’t make that much more a year.such a shame

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      Linda Zelazny Perkins
      1 June 2013 at 12:06 PM #

      My suggestion for anyone wanting their LPN is to go for your RN.

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      retired rn
      9 June 2013 at 7:16 AM #

      I agree with Ms. Perkins, go RN. You can become a RN in 2 years, via the Community College route, while not spending as much as most other programs would cost. As the chart reflects, your earning potential will be much greater, while your time invested will be less than 12 months more than the LPN route. On the other hand, the option of becoming a LPN in 14 months, being able to earn decent $ sooner, and being able to then enter a program to advance to RN with your employer footing the bill, while earning decent $, is not a bad wway to go either!!! Now, if I’ve made it as clear as mud, which way to go, get out a shiny new penny and flip it—heads LPN/tails RN. Good luck TJ.

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        Frances Marrero
        19 August 2013 at 7:59 PM #

        I got my ADN in a 16 month accelerated program. It was insane, but I felt I’d be better off in the long run than going the 12 month LPN route

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    qestout 1 June 2013 at 10:27 AM #

    In Wisconsin, and I make less than half of the RN average :(

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      retired rn
      9 June 2013 at 6:43 AM #

      I also am a RN living in WI. From what you said, you are making somewhere around $31,ooo/year or less than $15/hour. If this is true, then it begs the question—WHY?. I was earning more than that 20 years ago. I can’t imagine what type of setting is paying just $15/hour. Please, just come to Madison and you will be working next week for at least double what you are getting now. The State of WI has several facilities here and both are hiring, as well as a ton of other positions in other departments as well and all have great bennies and are almost always hiring. Wake up and smell the cash!!! Come to MADISON!!!

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        Sarah021480 11 November 2013 at 10:02 PM #

        I have 4 years experience as an LPN in Mn and make 20+/hr. There is no reason you are making that low as an LPN in Wi unless you are working at a clinic. If that is the case get a hospital job.

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        Charlie Eilert
        9 November 2014 at 8:02 PM #

        Which state of Wisconsin facilities are hiring RN’s? Thanks.

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    Sheryl Scott Chiaro
    1 June 2013 at 11:17 AM #

    I have been a nurse for 21 years and barely make above the average. It’s a shame longevity isnt valued in america. I find that people believe that they can teach critial care nursing or Emergency room to new grads right out of school. They will be the same as an experienced nurse will be. I have seen New Grads assigned to a Level 2 trauma bay as the primary nurse.

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      Stephen Dunning RN CCRN CSC CMC 15 September 2013 at 12:50 PM #

      After 35 years as A Critical Care nurse I find there is a huge difference between longevity and expertise. I have met new nurses that were ready to be fantastic critical care nurse the day they started. I have also worked with nurses that have been in critical care for years and have not improved their skills from the day they walked in. It’s up to what they want to become. Do they want to be the very best, or are they satisfied with collecting a paycheck.

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    nurseC 8 June 2013 at 9:44 AM #

    The average LPN in Okla makes more like 30,000- 35,000 and the average for CNA’s is 17,000 -19,000. I grossed over 40,000 as an LPN last year.

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    Penny Gamblin
    8 June 2013 at 2:23 PM #

    I make above the NC average BUT I’ve also been an LPN for 28 years. So it should be more but…..we all know how pay scales are…especially nursing one.

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    retired rn
    9 June 2013 at 7:00 AM #

    I found it interesting that nurses in Alaska are making less than nurses in Hawaii. Where would you rather be? Of course you’d have to put up with better pay, great weather, beautiful scenery, and some of the most friendly, mild mannered, beautiful people, the world has to offer. No offense Alaska, but how can you compete with that???

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    nurseC 23 July 2013 at 8:04 PM #

    I would have to disagree with the average LPN pay rate for my state. I made atleast $15,000 more then the stated amount. AND I took off a few mths of the year!!

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    Cheryl 23 July 2013 at 9:31 PM #

    I used to make decent money which would have been considered above average/average however, the company I was working for starting getting rid of nurses with “lower seniority” or those that were close to retirement and replacing with LPN’s, It took me a year to find a new job. I have my ADN and am currently starting the process to work on my BSN. My job I have now is working as a school nurse for a school district. It was the first job I was offered in the year even after many interviews. Most are wanting BSN’s now. Anyways, I am making 23.97/hour. It is what I was making 15 years ago when I first hired as a new grad RN. It is so very depressing. I work my butt off as a school nurse, I usually see more kids in one day than a doctor does in a normal day and the amount of paperwork I am responsible for is mind blowing.

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    Lisa Howard
    29 July 2013 at 7:25 PM #

    I imagine the reason some of the responses are below avg is because of the very young demographic entering all levels of nursing currently. You see 21-30 year old nurses represented in high numbers but above age 35 that number drops off dramatically. Oddly you also are seeing a rise in nurses 45 and up ‘re entering the field. So younger nurses with less experience get paid lower end of pay scale and use old folks get paid more. Unfortunately not a lot more :).

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    Lisa Howard
    29 July 2013 at 7:34 PM #

    Also I can’t think of a central Ohio hospital that hires LPNs actually LPN positions I never see posted around here anymore.

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    Nurse95 2 August 2013 at 7:08 AM #

    I lived in Texas 5 years ago and I grossed $60,000 as an LVN, I am in Missouri now and I gross 38,500 I have been an LPN for 18 years, I am going back to school for my RN now, I think it’s about time…

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    MaryAnn Eva Kochanko-Norvik
    18 August 2013 at 1:27 PM #

    I live in Florida and am much below the average, have been a RN for 23 years. I am surprised it is listed that high as that compared to my peers I am on the upper end, although I live in a rural county and perhaps places like Miami, Orlando, Jacksonville or Tallahassee have the higher salaries.

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    JennygRN 19 August 2013 at 8:01 AM #

    I live in the Tampa Bay Area and make 45,000 per year with benefits. I have been a nurse since 1996. I would love to make 62,000 a year. I work in public health and may need to look at moving over to another area.

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    24 August 2013 at 9:28 AM #

    wonder why Florida charges more than any other state for the license?

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    Ingrid Prestegaard Royster
    24 September 2013 at 8:27 AM #

    Im in Tampa & work in mixed CCU/MICU. I have 17yrs experience (plus 2 as a LPN). I’m grossing $61,500 straight time before my differentials. And this is full time, full benefits. This is average in the area for hospital pay. I mdae $10, 000 more a yr working contact but I decided the insurance & vacation & paying for my masters required a full time job.

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    Joyce Washington-Jammeh
    25 September 2013 at 5:44 PM #

    I make above average for my state, but I’m a well seasoned nurse of 27 years.

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    Ashley West
    10 November 2013 at 3:20 PM #

    I live in Corinth, MS. I went through a 12 month LPN program and graduated a year ago. I am a private duty home health nurse. I make between $17-19 an hour depending on whether or not my patient is on a home vent, and that is apparently way above average according to this chart. I passed a challenge test, so I will be taking only two semesters to get my RN. I advise everyone who needs money fast to go through LPN first. Most colleges allow LPNs to challenge and skip part of the RN program should they choose to further their education.

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      smallfry 12 April 2014 at 8:40 AM #

      Hi, Could someone clarify the “challange and skip part of the N program” if your already an LPN?
      Thank you!

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    Brigette Atkins
    24 November 2013 at 12:16 PM #

    I’ve been a LVN for 4 years. I live in Dallas, TX and bring in $58,240 a year.

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    Brad Slocum
    25 November 2013 at 6:43 AM #

    if your sources are the ones listed below the chart, I want to know how you’re doing Cost of living since it’s not following the numbers from the link for cost of living…

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    khlr 20 May 2014 at 6:44 PM #
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    Shannon Rincon
    8 June 2014 at 5:27 AM #

    I am a LPN in NC that makes above average but I also work for the department of defense. Prior to this job I worked 11-7 in assisted living making $19/hr. Don’t settle…keep moving forward … and if you are weighing RN or LPN go RN…

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    hbperry21 8 June 2014 at 5:59 AM #

    I’m a baby LPN and make well more than the average for TN. However, I do work home health. Pays a lot more! And if you luck up and get a good case it’s a heck of a lot easier!

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    Julie Naughton Stubblefield
    8 June 2014 at 6:17 AM #

    I live in Kentucky and make a little above average, it all depends what dept you work, what shift etc. our license renewal is cheap, $50 a year. Cost of living is on the low end of average. Can’t imagine being anything else!

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    Chasity Ford Johnson
    8 June 2014 at 7:48 AM #

    @ smallfry, in response to Ashley West. I’m from same area as her & have even worked together, hi Ash! Our local college has an Lpn program in 12 months or an ADN program to obtain RN in 2 yrs. but also offers a bridge program for LPNs wanting to become an RN. They can either take the full 2 yrs or have option to challenge the 1st yr or 2 semesters. The 1st semester is basically classes that cover the LPN role such as fundamentals of nursing. So if you are an LPN this should what you know and do already. The second also is the same way but covers maternity/care of pregnant woman and so forth. Most nurses will still be actually taking classes bc of basic like Eng/math/psy/etc but can be done online while work. The 2nd yr is m-f 8-3p. This is why LPN will challenge!

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    Chasity Ford Johnson
    8 June 2014 at 7:58 AM #

    And to clarify, these are not easy challenge tests. They are like preparing for boards and study nclex books for months. The test is done exactly like boards on computer with 31/2 hrs to do with a limited # of questions. And if fail, the retest time for each challenge test had a wait period of 5 yrs before you could retake but was recently shortened some. So if you did fail you still had to wait 5 yrs or do the full 2 yrs of school. This helps school lower the challenge group and keeps just anyone from easily breezing through RN program. Hope that helps @smallfry!

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    Inked_Nurse 7 July 2014 at 7:29 PM #

    So what does that mean for states that are pending. I’m in Virginia, since MA is pending can i still transfer there without a big fuss?

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    jmille70 26 July 2014 at 9:00 AM #

    I currently live in PA and am set to graduate with a BSN in the spring. Shortly after graduation I plan to move to Colorado. Is it simpler to study here for a month and take the NCLEX in PA and then move and transfer my license, or just move right away and worry about the move and finding a job in a new place but take the boards exam out there? I know it will be a bit of a pain to transfer the license but I can continue my current job while studying if I stay in PA a little longer.

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    chickengirl 13 October 2014 at 2:24 PM #

    well, Nova Scotia, Canada seems to be roughly the same as Mass. But I must say that on the whole, LPN’s make way better money here then they do in the states.

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    RNJac 14 October 2014 at 4:47 PM #

    Does anyone know what the average RN salary is with 1 year of experience in Kansas? I’m relocating to the NE park of Kansas by the Missouri border. I’ve asked around and gotten numbers of $18 to $50. I currently work in NJ as an RN and I average $56k a year before overtime.

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    23 October 2014 at 5:42 PM #

    Retired RN has it right abut statistics remember new nurses make less than older nurses at the pay cap and everyone else is in between. Another sad fact at most places is loyalty pays few dividends ie you’re a 5yr veteran nurse at your hospital new nurse with same credentials and experience gets hired on at $2 more per hour my first hospital had a policy if you came back within 90 days you got your old pay rate but never told you it was essentially a cost cutting measure.

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    Anonymous 9 November 2014 at 6:29 PM #

    Please check your geography and look at your map, you are missing the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I logged in ONLY to tell you this.

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    redheadednurse 21 December 2014 at 8:07 AM #

    It costs 350.00 bucks to get fully licensed utah

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    rcs 22 April 2015 at 3:24 AM #

    I live in Texas and work 48+ hours a week, as a LVN. I made way more than what it is listed. I am guessing these numbers are extremely old or for new nurses.

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    Lindsey Spencer
    19 May 2015 at 10:27 PM #

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