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 places and even got a contract job at a health/wellness company helping perform health screenings. A few months after having my license, still no luck w/ a full time nursing job. I finally gave into agency work and was hired for a few temp positions (school cases in the classroom setting). Well, now those cases are over and done w/ and nothing else has come up for me as far as an LVN job (of course I've applied numerous places, had leads, had people even refer me). Nothing.
Sooooo, I'm at the point of applying for CNA positions. Part of me doesn't think I'll mind that type of work b/c I mainly enjoy nursing for the sole fact that I'm helping people. I know that CNA work can be tough on the body, but part of me likes the fact that it's "easier" work b/c I feel so burnt out on applying for nursing jobs and not being able to get the experience I need. I figure if I can at least get my foot in the door at a hospital/facility then I can get hired for an LVN position from w/in down the line.
I have already contacted my BON for Ca. They couldn't really tell me what I needed to know. They referred me to the Dept. of Public Health. The CNA certification division there told me I could practice w/in the scope of a CNA if I had my LVN, and I would not need to take an exam/course, etc. They have a letter in the mail to me.
Just curious if any of you have gone "back down" this route. I am sooo tired of searching for ONLY nursing positions and not getting anywhere over a year later. I am open to at least being able to work alongside nurses and in a healthcare setting. The alternatives at this point would be jobs out of the nursing/healthcare field just to pay the bills.
Any constructive input is appreciated!
Oh, and nursing is my second "career" so it's a little discouraging....maybe I'll go back to photography....lol