I graduated as an LPN in September and couldn't get into a hospital in the Atlanta area. Yes, there are LPN's working at these hospitals, but how they got their jobs is a mystery to me. I think you either have to be really lucky or know someone.
There were several doctor's offices and clinics interested in me, but I went ahead and applied for a LTC position. They offered me a great package and I accepted it.
LTC wasn't my first choice, but this facility is very clean and highly rated. The people are nice and the benefits are good. The pay is pretty good, too.
In addition to giving medications, I'm performing skilled treatments as well. Head to toe assessments, skin assessments, wound care, g-tube feedings, colostomies, etc. So the skills I learned in school are being put to good use. The CNA's clean the residents, help with toileting, etc, so I don't have to worry about that stuff. As the LPN, I am also utilizing my leadership skills with the CNA's, and will be responsible for delegating to them and evaluating them.
One of the nice things about LTC is that you are happily welcomed as an LPN. You are valued and appreciated as a nurse. In a hospital, you are the low man on the totem pole. Not to mention, LTC tends to pay more than a hospital ---- atleast for LPN's.
If you absolutely don't want to consider LTC, maybe a doctor's office would be a good fit? You might not make as much money, but you might have better luck getting a job.
I'm planning to start Excelsior the first of the year, so LTC is just a transitional job for me. I won't do it forever, just long enough to complete my RN.
Good luck! :spin::spin: