How long before you were hired?

  1. Hi everyone. I'm a new LPN. Graduated in September and licensed at the end of Oct. So actually it has not been very long since school, but I'm must admitt that I am becoming a little distressed because I am not yet working. I just want to know what is the average time after graduation before you were working.
    I've applied to many places, mainly hospitals (which I have now come to the conclusion that you need a "gazillion" years experience before they will hire you). So if you could also let me know what type of facilities I will have the best chance at being hired, and what the best route of applying for jobs is.
    Thank you very much.
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  3. by   connie025
    Well i am also a new nurse as well... just finished in September and took state boards last week. Anyway ive been applying at LTC facility and had two offers! So i would advise u to try LTC, let me know if u have any luck!
  4. by   jamangel
    Either LTC or corrections or rehab facilities. I 've been a nurse over 10 years and there was ahigher demand for LPN's then and I was interviewed and hired the same day. Matter of fact every job I've interviewed for I was hired at the end of the interview.
  5. by   allantiques4me
    Quote from wefdm21
    Hi everyone. I'm a new LPN. Graduated in September and licensed at the end of Oct. So actually it has not been very long since school, but I'm must admitt that I am becoming a little distressed because I am not yet working. I just want to know what is the average time after graduation before you were working.
    I've applied to many places, mainly hospitals (which I have now come to the conclusion that you need a "gazillion" years experience before they will hire you). So if you could also let me know what type of facilities I will have the best chance at being hired, and what the best route of applying for jobs is.
    Thank you very much.
    congratulations on your new career!! I think you will definitely have good results finding a job in long term care .It seems like hospitals are always looking for Med surg LPNs.As for how long before I was hired,Ive filled out job applications ,and before I was home, they were calling me for an interveiw.Be patient and youll find your niche.and remember ,the door is wide open for you.If you find you do get hired,and are not totally happy,you could kind of shop around until you do find a job you love!Dont just settle.I know cause I ve been in some bad places,but I found a job Ive been with 5 years and totally love!!!There is a nursing shortage out there.You are in big demand.good luck and keep us posted.Deb
  6. by   allantiques4me
    Quote from jamangel
    Either LTC or corrections or rehab facilities. I 've been a nurse over 10 years and there was ahigher demand for LPN's then and I was interviewed and hired the same day. Matter of fact every job I've interviewed for I was hired at the end of the interview.
    I agree.There are a ton of long term care centers looking for LPNs.no problem here finding a position.And you could obtain a lot of technical experience.You learn a lot on the job.And if youre lucky,youll have a wonderful preceptor to teach you some of the ropes.Also you can try to shop around and not settle.Patience
  7. by   sunflowerLPVN
    hi! i also graduated in sept, took my board in oct, and tomorrow i'll be doing my orientation for my first job as a nurse in a AL facility. in texas, hospitals and agencies required at least 1 yr experience under your LP/VN license, CNA experiences doesn't really count. i had several calls from agencies and they asked what's my GPA, unfortunately my GPA we're not high enough to be considered, since while i was at nursing school, i was also working as a Homehealth CNA in the evening,so yes i did graduated and passed board 1st time, but wish i could've get more time to study & raise my GPA, anyways, i've sent my resumes online through monster and careerbuilder.com for various homecare position and got calls but they were asking for experiences, so i went and locate the nearest LTC, Retirement community, assisted living and placed my resumes and filled out application whether they were hiring or not! i did try hospitals and search online for openings and sent applications and resumes as well. i got interview on the spot while filing out applications at 2 nursing homes, and i got hired as a prn, but since i was looking for a fulltime position, and most places especially getting close to holidays are not having opening, that's what they told me, perhaps around January or early February. around second week of november, i did got a little frustrated for not having a job yet, but i try to be patient and keep waiting for the right moment. sure enough, a nearby,upscale retirement community were looking for FT evening nurse mon-fri, when i first walked in to fill out app, i love the surrounding, and got to meet w/ the supervisor and was hired on the spot the same day. wish the best luck for you! keep searching and don't give up!
  8. by   Laught3r
    I looked on this website for IHS http://www.ihs.gov/. I graduated in May and was scheduled to take boards in July. I was hired before I took my boards with the stipulation that I had to pass. I got moving expenses paid, I get paid more than some RN's and more than all the students that graduated with me. Also I am learning about another culture in this country that I never knew existed and they are teaching me alot. I have learned how Traditional medicine can work with Modern medicine to treat the whole person. The townhouse I was provided is huge, 2000sqft. I pay less than 400 a month for. There are some drawbacks to working here. The nearest walmart is 75 miles away. Phoenix is the closet metropolis, 4 hours away. I have learned alot since working here. The nursing you do here is for real. We see alot of patients who have not seen a doctor for years if at all. We have alot of modern equipment but sometimes I have to remind where I am and that piece of extra equipment is not needed. Depends on where you go you will find a wide range of facilities in the IHS system. The website is the best place to start. Get a good resume to email out. Good luck on your search.
  9. by   Schatzi RN CEN
    A good place to start looking, if you are set to work in a hospital setting are small rural hospitals. At our 15 bed facility we utilize LPN and LPN-C's. I was hired before I even finished LPN school. Working in a small rural acute care setting also provided me with a ton of experience that made it a lot easier to go through RN school later.
  10. by   pagandeva2000
    My job paid my way through school, therefore, they were mandated to hire me (I work in a clinic from 8:30-5:00pm Monday through Friday). But, the first time I went to an agency to work as a flu nurse, they took me in immediately, and now that their flu season is almost over, they offered me a home case on weekends that is very close to my house. Have you considered agencies?
  11. by   wefdm21
    I tried a couple of angencies, but no luck. They want nurses with 2-5 years experience. I plan to take some of you up on your advice and go to some LTC facilities and apply next week. I was only concerned about the schedule, knowing that it would be unlikely to be hired on the 7-3 shift and the other two shifts conflicting with my home life and desire to go back to school. I pulled the 20 hr days during LPN school and I'm still feeling the physical effects from those days. I would rather work full time than part-time which is why I was interested in hospitals and the 12 hr shifts, which would allow me to work 3 maybe even 2 days a week. I just pray that things will work out, but I do have to get out there and keep trying. Thank you. :smilecoffeeIlovecof
  12. by   jamangel
    you can try your local VA hospital
  13. by   millertime8
    Does anyone know if you need to apply for an actual LPN position to get your other 120 hours after you graduate, or as a CNA? I am so confused about doing my other 120 hours of preceptor. The hospitals I am interested in are low on funding for this, I live in Kentucky.
  14. by   TheCommuter
    I completed school in October, took NCLEX in late January, and landed my first nursing job in early February.

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