HELP! LVN from TX looking to move to CO

  1. Hi!

    I just graduated from nursing school and I already took my NLCEX and got my license. I am currently looking for a job here in TX to save money to move to CO. I am looking to move to the Littleton/Lakewood area. I just have some questions, and maybe you guys can help me.

    1) Are there many jobs for LVNs/LPNs? I don't mind working in any facility
    2) Where are the best places to apply for someone out of state?
    3) How much money would be a safe amount to move out there with? ( I was looking to save up at least 5-7000 to sort of have as a safety net if I can't find a job right away)
    4) Does it help if I'm bi-lingual?
    5) How soon should I apply for endorsement in CO? I know Tx and Co are compact states, but should I start applying now, or closer to when I move?

    Any help you guys can give, and any extra info and advice would be really helpful

    Thanks in advance!bow:
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  3. by   studentnurse3
    Why do you want to move to Colorado? Why not stay in Texas?
  4. by   Scottydk
    I am sick of living in Texas, Right now I live in El Paso, which is my hometown, but I've lived in Austin and Houston, and though I liked Austin its changed so much I wouldn't want to live there again. I'm looking for something new and more scenic. We have about two different weather types here, sunny and windy. I want something new and cold
  5. by   SE_BSN_RN
    You can work here in CO with your TX license for 30 days. Call the BON and ask when you should apply for endorsement. It took me about a month to transfer my license from CA to CO, and I was a new grad, too. I started the endorsement process when I moved out here.
  6. by   hope3456
    it is good that you are willing to be flexible. I don't think there are as many jobs to choose from in CO right now as there were a couple years ago - it would probably be a good idea to get something lined up BEFORE making the move. CO has a pretty limited scope of practice for LPN's. You don't see many (if any) in the hospitals. LTC's are the biggest employer and the jails/prisions also hire a good number. I knew a LPN that worked in a prision in Canon City and he made as much as I did as a RN in FC. Sava Senior Care (google them_ is a nursing home chain that has many facilities all over CO - i can't remember what their website is but I know they have job postings.