i’m a new grad lpn. graduated school, got my lpn license, got only two weeks work experience on the mainland, and then my husband's job moved us here. i applied for a job at a facility on maui. (i won’t mention the name of the facility, don’t want to speak poorly of them.) the lady in hr was extremely nice, courteous, respectful. she said:
(1) we can’t hire you as an lpn because you’re a new grad and it costs too much money to train you. if you had started here as a cna, then got your lpn license, we could easily promote you. i then asked if i could apply as a cna. she said:
(2) if you already have an lpn license in hawai’i, we can’t hire you as a cna. if we did, we would get problems from our nurses union. the union would ask, "if she has an lpn license, why isn't she working as an lpn?" i’m sorry, our hands are tied. best of luck finding a job elsewhere. (again, she was extremely pleasant as she said this.)
has anyone else had this experience? am i going to have this problem at every hospital and ltc facility? any thoughts?