I FEEL LIKE I'VE MADE AN ABSOLUTE MISTAKE BECOMING AN LVN! I regret doing this! - page 2

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Hello and thank you for taking the time out and reading. I have reached my breaking point and am fed up. I am a new LVN grad in Los Angeles and CANNOT find a job. This is the absolute worst. I spent one year in HELL going through... Read More


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    Im so sorry to hear that. How can your husband be upset with you? Doesnt he know this country is facing record unemployment? Its not just nursing, but many professions now that cannot find work. A relative of mine has a Masters in engineering and cannot find work for almost 2 years now.

    You didnt make a mistake, how could you have known when you started school that this would happen?

    CA is particularly bad place to find work right now, have you considered moving? I know its a bad question, people ask me the same thing and Im in MI> the worst place to look for work.

    I am just starting LPN school (fingers crossed) this coming up year and worry too, but what is the alternative? If I dont go to school, then I wont have anything. At least you have some education and job skills and are qualified to seek out employment , dont give up hope.
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    I am in the L.A. area too...maybe you can apply to CNA jobs so you get some experience (outside of school)? I mean I know its putting you at the bottom of the barrel and you going to have to go through watching all the other LVN's actually use their education while you cant yet, but maybe positions will open up and you can get promoted? I don't know if that will work but its worth a shot...the economy just plain ol'stinks
    I am doing a CNA class now so I can become a CNA while in LVN schools so after I get my license @ least ill have some hospital experience outside of school
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    I moved to California thinking there was a nursing shortage and finding a job would be a cinch. Ha! I was really beginning to regret it! I looked all day everyday for a job for 6 months. My husband was also getting frustrated thinking i was doing something wrong. I searched craigslist, indeed, monster, simply hired. Tweeked my resume for each different nursing job. Wrote hundreds of coverletters. I discovered nurses also work at cosmetic laser centers, oral surgeons, adult day care centers, weight loss centers hire LVN's (like lindora). After convincing a doctor with a private practice to hire a nurse with a license vs another MA, I recieved 2 more offers for adult day care and a clinic supervisor. I couldn't believe they all came at once after looking for so long! Stay strong and persistant! Show your husband all the posts on this site maybe he'll be a little more supportive. Your persistance will pay off.
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    Great advice yincy! I agree with the other posters, don't give up, continue your education, look in all the places they recommended. The state prison system is constantly sending me jobs for LVN all over the state. Can you move? If not, at least apply to jobs an hours drive away. Consider joining the military! Volunteer! The best thing I did as an LVN was to volunteer during a disaster. Now on my resume I can list my volunteer experience. Good luck and try to keep a positive attitude.
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    The prison system is the way to gain some experience. I'm working at the prison right now and PRN in the hospital as a LVN.

    NEVER, EVER think you wasted your time, and please don't regret your decision to become a LVN. You've worked hard to earn your title and wear it proud. All the advise that's given to you here is all true. It's not you, it's the economy. Just a few years back they were hiring both RN & LVN like crazy and have went overseas to import nurses who didn't know their right hand from their left. But now that the economy is bad every employer is wanting nurses with experience. They can now be picky and choosy who they want to hire. A friend of mine just got turned down for a position as a RN (cough cough) she's a US citizen with an overseas BSN, and the reason that was given to her was that she didn't have SNF experience. Well they ended up hiring an ADN with NO EXPERIENCE at all. We think she was descriminated against because of her education. But she had 2 years experience at a hospital in Texas.

    Do a search on careerbuilder.com and look up LVN positions. Even if they say they want experience I would apply anyway, as stated before the CDC is hiring them right now. Good Luck!
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    I'm so sorry for all of the stress you are under. I was so lucky to find a job and thank God for it everyday. My thoughts are with you and your family. I hope you can both find the strength to make it through these tough times together.

    As one poster above suggested: Apply for the flu shot clinics. They do not pay a lot, but it is experience. Many of the jobs are posted for a short time, so check several times a day. I believe it is Mollen that does the majority of these clinics?
    Also, private doctor's offices do hire LVN/LPNs. Most do not post the jobs online (if at all) so you will have to go door-to-door in your best suit and smile and hand out resumes. Ask the office staff if they know of any local openings or possibilities. I handed out resumes this way and most office managers were impressed at the initiative and positive attitude it took to do so. Some will not take the resume or have the time to talk to you, but don't be discouraged. You never know what crisis they are dealing with behind that closed door.

    Sometimes there are random jobs listed on Craigslist. I see temporary jobs on there all the time where someone needs short-term private care or a nurse to fill in at a clinic, fair or office. These jobs seem to be more receptive to newbies. Maybe even apply for medical office positions that may be able to utilize your license for expanded duties?

    I really wish there were magic words to help you keep your head up. Please know that there are many of us out here that support you 100%
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    Yes I'm Going Threw The Same Misery......It's Depressing Here In L.A Looking For LVN Jobs
    They Have Tons Of Openings But They All Want You To Have 1 Experience But Where Are You Supposed To Get It Form. I Spent So Much Time And Money Into This, And Now I'm The Only LVN Who's Filling Out Applications At Target
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    I looked for 6 months and sent out over 200 resumes. I finally got hired by a hospice company, the one I really wanted to work for! I think it was because I e-mailed them all the time telling them how much I wanted to work for their ccompany. They showed me all my e-mails at the interview! They required 2 years experience and I was a new grad.

    Persistance paid off for me maybe it will for you.
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    Quote from momorn
    I looked for 6 months and sent out over 200 resumes. I finally got hired by a hospice company, the one I really wanted to work for! I think it was because I e-mailed them all the time telling them how much I wanted to work for their ccompany. They showed me all my e-mails at the interview! They required 2 years experience and I was a new grad.

    Persistance paid off for me maybe it will for you.

    What hospice company was this if you dont mind me asking?
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    Roze Room Hospice. (Los Angeles area)


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