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Has anyone found it difficult to locate a good LPN position? I work in juvenile corrections and have been away from a hospital for a couple of years. An LPN whom we just hired and who... Read More

  1. by   juvynurse
    Quote from Future_RN_Jess
    Good luck to you when you take boards.
    I've been an LPN forever it seems and I've never had a problem getting a job.

    I was asking this because of a new grad we just hired. She couldn't find a job as an LPN for miles. I was just putting this question out there for others.
  2. by   minnielynn
    Quote from juvynurse
    I've been an LPN forever it seems and I've never had a problem getting a job.

    I was asking this because of a new grad we just hired. She couldn't find a job as an LPN for miles. I was just putting this question out there for others.
    Thank you very much for bringing up this topic, because right now I am debating whether to do the LPN first or just do the RN. There are so many pro's & cons to weigh. How is the salary for your state, for new grads?
  3. by   juvynurse
    Quote from minnielynn
    Thank you very much for bringing up this topic, because right now I am debating whether to do the LPN first or just do the RN. There are so many pro's & cons to weigh. How is the salary for your state, for new grads?
    Oh wow... what a good question!

    I work for the state in corrections, so my pay isn't that great. In fact, When I first started about 5 years ago, I took a $5.00 an hour pay cut to take my current job, but it was easier on my school schedule (going back for my RN). They have raised the base pay recently, which I do believe is better and more competitive than the closest hospitals and LTC facilities. I think the starting wage for the state is now $14.60. The cost of living here isn't that high, however, the state is not notorious for giving raises, especially to health care workers. Other private sector places might offer better raises and benefits.
  4. by   juvynurse
    Quote from minnielynn
    Thank you very much for bringing up this topic, because right now I am debating whether to do the LPN first or just do the RN. There are so many pro's & cons to weigh. How is the salary for your state, for new grads?
    Ok... I just wanted to add my

    I wouldn't trade the way I'm doing this for anything. Being an LPN has made RN school much easier, plus, all the things I've learned, the areas I've worked, I wouldn't trade for one second. I'm glad I went to LPN school first. I hope it will make me a better RN.
  5. by   minnielynn
    Quote from juvynurse
    Ok... I just wanted to add my

    I wouldn't trade the way I'm doing this for anything. Being an LPN has made RN school much easier, plus, all the things I've learned, the areas I've worked, I wouldn't trade for one second. I'm glad I went to LPN school first. I hope it will make me a better RN.
    Thats what I've been hearing. Actually my DH told me to do it that way. Still thinking about it though because LPN's in the hospital I work at, earn the same as me Not that $$ is the only thing, but my job is less stressful (secretary) so ........ don't know:uhoh21:
  6. by   JazzyLPN
    There are NO LPN jobs here in WV. I graduated in August, and there are 4 of us who have not found jobs. Needless to say, I'm moving to Nashville, TN in a few weeks. I hope I have much better luck there. If I was an RN, I would have no problem here, but there is not a need for LPN's.
  7. by   juvynurse
    Quote from JazzyLPN
    There are NO LPN jobs here in WV. I graduated in August, and there are 4 of us who have not found jobs. Needless to say, I'm moving to Nashville, TN in a few weeks. I hope I have much better luck there. If I was an RN, I would have no problem here, but there is not a need for LPN's.
    I sincerely hope you have great luck in your move and finding a job in Nashville.
  8. by   JazzyLPN
    Thanks juvy, I appreciate that!
    I'm ready to get started working as a nurse and I'm pretty excited about it!
  9. by   Nurse-Tee
    I have been a nurse for six years and i am starting to find not many jobs posted for Lpns only some posted for SNF but many of those jobs are filled due to the hospitals not hiring LPNs. It is very competitive in my state for LPN jobs.
    Last edit by Nurse-Tee on Nov 21, '05

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