LVN......applying for CNA jobs - page 2

by BA.LVN

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Hello, I'm in a dilemma (aren't we all?) I graduated in March 2008 from an LVN program, passed my boards, received my license in July 2008. I thought I was so ahead of people in my class b/c before I graduated I was applying... Read More


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    I'm in the same position, except I was working as a CNA while in school. I know several RN's who are working as LVN's (and one of them a CNA) because nobody is hiring at the moment. I'm working as a CNA in the float pool until I can find a LVN position. It's a sad case for us because we've all worked so hard for our education and yet we're only limited. Don't get me wrong, CNA's are very important part of the health care team, but us who are a bit more advanced should have the opportunity to use our licenses. Another sad thing is that we're held up to the standards of our licenses no matter what, but in the hospital setting we can only practice under the scope of a CNA.
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    The only solice I get in this whole matter is that I'm not in the boat by myself. You would think with the shortage of RNs that LVNs would be the resource needed to lighten the work load of the RN. It's the patients that suffers when this happens. We could make such a drastic difference in this dilemna if hospitals and SNFs would hire us and give us the "on the job training" needed so that the pt. to nurse ratio would be more workable.
    I read a posting where a LVN wanted to get this issue addressed by simply writing a letter and having those of us that agree, sign it and send it to the board. I think something like this might work if we had RNs and LVNs alike, complain. There were preceptor programs before and they need to be used again. If I were a RN I would have no problem having a LVN work along side of me until that person could wing it alone. What do you think?
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    Phlebotomy isn't a hard program, I did it before I was even thinking of getting into nursing. I did a two week fast track program (so I could be done with it by the time that school started back up in the fall), then did a one week externship at a hospital.

    It just takes a while (up to a year!) to actually get licensed in California, and may be hard to get that first job in. Try to work with a school that actually has job placement of some kind.

    In the Bay Area, many phlebotomists make around $18 an hour. I knew a medical assistant (she was *my* usual phlebotomist, when I went for my blood draws) that got into phlebotomy because she already was licensed and had the training, but she didn't want to do medical assisting.

    I am going to be taking LVN as a stepping stone to RN, and I'm keeping my weekend home care job while I do this so that I will not have an issue with being jobless until the LVN job comes along.

    I plan to retake phlebotomy and renew my EMT license/get my ambulance certification. At least even if I can't get work *as an Lvn* I will still be working. Another possibility is working for insurance companies as a paramedical examiner but I don't know if this is a scam or not.

    Maybe it's easier thinking about this because I think of the LVN as "pre-RN coursework".
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    HI there! It's been a while since, i've been online. Yea, it's the pits! I read what everyone's opinion is. The fact here is that everyone's "walk to hospital" work is different. Sometimes it's mere chance or luck. I never had luck on my side and anything I got was from hard work. I think that if CNA in the hospital is the only way to land a LVN job then it's what works for you. I'm an optimist even though it doesn't sound like it. It'll come, but I hope not too late since I'm 56 and don't have many more years to work!
    Stay UP!
    Treeloc
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    I think I'd love phlebotomy. Anyone know what school would cost for this and how long the program is? I am an LPN now doing home care for peds part time.

    The addiction center didn't work out and I didn't care for the jail and how busy it was. Home care is good so I can be here for the boys!

    D
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    I recently saw a phlebotomy course near me that was around $2000, give or take. Seemed too good to be true the way most of these schools go.
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    I was a paramedical examiner for awhile. I was initially a phlebotomist for many years, so I had the phlebotomy experience. The job consisted of going to client's homes or arranged meeting place, ie. insurance office and taking a patient history, doing blood pressures, weights, specimen collection (mostly blood and/or urine). Depencing on where you go, I have known some women who would take their husbands with them to higher crime areas. Different insurance companies use different labs to process their work, so you always needed to make sure you had the right collection kit based on who the insurance carrier used. If you can find an independent paramedical examiner who needs help with their clients, you will make more money than working for one of the larger companies. You will need your own transportation. The company you work for will send you wherever the client is and will usually provide you with the needed supplies, (blood collection kits, centrifuge to process the specimens and mailing supplies). You usually get paid on the basis of what all you do. If it is a history, bp, etc and urine collection, you might get paid one price, if it includes a blood collection, then the price goes up. I stopped doing these when the gas prices went way up and the company that I worked for was sending me 20+ miles from home for most clients. It was good in that you call the client and set up the appointment at your convenience, so you make your own schedule. You have to be detail oriented because the paperwork has to be filled out correctly and the client has to sign in the proper spots. Some companies take off money when the paperwork is not filled out correctly. I hope that helps anyone interested in the field.


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