I cannot find a job as a LPN in California..Very sad :( - page 2

:( No one called me for an interview or called me at all..I dont think they hire new grads anymore..I applied everywhere where they had any opening for a LPN..I am depressed and thinking that no one... Read More

  1. by   VivaLasViejas
    I've always had better success with actually going to facilities I was interested in working in, rather than calling them on the phone. It's very easy for a bored/frustrated/busy/overwhelmed receptionist to say "No" when you ask about job openings, just to get you off the phone so she can go do something else. It's much more difficult to ignore someone who walks in the front door, dressed and groomed for business, and asks to speak to the person in charge of hiring.

    Just a thought.........
  2. by   BBERFY
    This can't be in any of the big cities of California. I understand that demand there is high.

    Do you live in a rural part of California?
  3. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from sherry730
    I too am having the same trouble .. I live in a small town where there is a hospital but they wanted me to work nights.. well I am married and have 2 children so that was out of the question.. There are clinics here but everyone holds on to their job because they don't want to drive 40 miles to go to work. SO,, as a new grad I am going to take a position that requires me to drive 40 miles ONE WAY.. every day to go to work. It is at a Urology clinic. Is there anyone else out there that travels a long distance just to get to work? And how does it affect your family life? I will be off all weekends and holidays and it is M-F 8-5. I am still iffy about the drive. Does anyone have any advice for me? TIA
    How long is the drive? How much gas are you spending per week? How old are the children? Do you have family to assist with the children until you arrive home? If it is within reason, then, I would consider it, simply because you need a bit of experience under your belt in order to be competitive. I don't mean to shoot so many questions at you...just trying to think if this is worth your time. In order to have mobility, it is best to say you had some nursing experience...as long as the safety and well being of your children are not compromised.
  4. by   Sheri257
    Quote from MsLady06
    I thought cali was the place to be when you are a nurse. I guess not.
    There's a big difference between RN versus LVN job opportunities in Cali.

    Many hospitals have decided to phase out LVN's and the job opportunities aren't as good.

    But, if you're an RN in Cali ... the opportunities are endless.

    :typing
  5. by   sherry730
    Quote from pagandeva2000
    How long is the drive? How much gas are you spending per week? How old are the children? Do you have family to assist with the children until you arrive home? If it is within reason, then, I would consider it, simply because you need a bit of experience under your belt in order to be competitive. I don't mean to shoot so many questions at you...just trying to think if this is worth your time. In order to have mobility, it is best to say you had some nursing experience...as long as the safety and well being of your children are not compromised.
    The drive is about 40 miles one way.. the gas would be about $60.00 a week because I have a SUV. My children are 9 & 2 1/2 and my inlaws would be watching them while I would be at work. They watched them while I went to school. Another reason I am considering the job is because they are going to cross train me in doing ultrasounds and xray (KUB's only). I would have additional schooling which they would pay for. I think this would be a great oppurtunity and would look great on a resume.. I was just wondering what all the other new graduates were doing and if they were in the same boat as I am.
  6. by   BigB
    THe california Department of Corrections is hiring LVN's. PAy is $3,350 -$4,115 State benefits , retirment, etc etc. YEs, you will be working in a prison, but its not as bad as one would imagine.

    Nursing registries pay lvn's up to $32.00/ hr. see http://www.nmrhealthpros.com/jobsear...&submit=Search

    The department of mental health is paying lvn's $4070 to $5661 a month. www.dmh.ca.gov search for medical technical assistant.
    Last edit by BigB on Oct 23, '06
  7. by   Bala Shark
    I had an interview today at a SNF..No luck Maybe i should apply at McDonalds I can work any hours too.. night shift, morning, graveyard..
  8. by   HOOSIERNW
    Quote from Bala Shark
    No one called me for an interview or called me at all..I dont think they hire new grads anymore..I applied everywhere where they had any opening for a LPN..I am depressed and thinking that no one will call even for an interview..
    Have you tried applying to Calif. Dept. of Corrections? Go on line to check them out and apply.
  9. by   Bala Shark
    I have an interview tommorow.. I dont know what is going to happen but I am unemployed and very sad..
  10. by   Bala Shark
    I went to the interview today and got insulted! Well, in this case, I said to myself, it is a place I dont want to work anyway...
  11. by   LegginMF
    I got out the phone book and called every single nursing business that was listed. Found out which ones hired LVN's and then I got up at 5:00 am the next morning and put in applications at every single place, I went in person and in uniform. I was ready to start work that minute. I also posted my resume on Monster.com and headhunters.com. I also applied with 3 registries. I had a job 2 days after my license came. I started out doing home health because it was a paycheck and now I work alzheimer/ dementia. I got really lucky cuz my job that I have now is at the end of my street! Yaaaahhh only takes 4 minutes to get to work. Even better they know how close I live and I get called for extra days cuz I can be there in minutes. I still get calls for job offers every week. This is in a rural part of ca. But we are growing fast.
  12. by   Hoping LVN2BSN
    Quote from bala shark
    i went to the interview today and got insulted! well, in this case, i said to myself, it is a place i dont want to work anyway...
    have you tried graduate services at your school? maybe you could get an instructor or someone to look over your resume and your interview technique/skills. not attempting to pour salt in the wound, but the way you feel comes across in your posts, maybe you could do a mock interview and get their input and suggestions, maybe your feelings come across in your interview, as if you've already defeated yourself.

    i'm sorry you're having such a hard time, i hope it gets better for you. i graduate in a little over 3 months and have had several interviews already just to get my face and name out there and to get a feel of what the nursing interview is like. i went to smaller places i wasn't considering, to use as practice, but every place i went to, i interview as if this is my dream job, i'm happy to be there, and that to work in that facility is the reason why i went to nursing school.

    i went to a job fair recently, and i went to specifically ask several nurse recruiters of the bigger san diego hospitals of the several hundred applications/resumes they get online for one position, how can i seperate myself from the rest? i was told that certifications are what set people apart, if you taking the time to get acls or ekg certified really make you stand out. also, i was told that the fatal mistake that many people make in their applications and resumes is not placing in their resumes that they have a current california lvn license and the number, just saying you're an lvn isn't enough. because if you leave that out, you leave the recruiter to wonder and if your resume does not stand out, they won't waste their time to call you and find out, so you get placed in the no pile. they also told me that they take a lot of notice in how you present yourself, how you are dressed, if you come dressed like you were running errands or dressed like you mean business. also, they like when you know something about where you hope to work, anyplace i interview, the night before i research something about it, awards won, community involvement. something so that the next day when i'm asked; do you know what we do here; or what do you know about us, i have something more to say than 'no' or 'i don't know'. because if you don't know, then what are you doing there, even more, why should they hire you? just a few things i learned over my few years of interviewing.

    i'm sorry this is so long, just want to help because you sound like you are now defeating yourself. the next time you have an interview go in as if the job is yours and sell yourself, you may not have the most experience, but if you go in enthusiastic willing to learn and show them in the interview what they can expect from you each day, hopefully things will turn around for you. there was a fantastic thread (sticky) under a different forum that had dozens of interview questions, i printed it out and went over and over the questions it really helped so much. here it is:
    http://allnurses.com/forums/f87/wond...nts-84387.html
    and for the questions and some even have sample answers:
    questions interviewers ask - boston college
    difficult interview questions

    this thread has so much info. hope it goes better for you bala and everyone else having a hard time.
  13. by   nursemelani
    Wow, I am an LVN, and I know that my home health agency and all the others around Sacramento are DESPERATE for nurses.

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