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LVN then work as CNA or caregiver?

  1. 0 I'm LVN here in California (Central Valley to be exact) I just past my boards last May then my name was appeared at the website last July 11. Since I received the letter that I passed I start looking and applying here. i start applying last june 6 till now.

    I have active CNA license. Should apply as CNA or work as caregiver even I am a license nurse??? I'm sad I still waiting for interview calls. But still no job offers. Im planning to apply as CNA coz I work before in a Nursing and Rehab. i did volunteering in hospital and some private home nursing in our country. i have BSN but CA have their concurrency issues thats why I got denied to seat for nclex RN thats why I took nclex PN.

    And I dont know if my resume is steong enough to enter the very competitive nursing job hunting here in CA.

    I graduated BSN last 2009 (in our country)
    work as Private Home Nurse (May-2009-Aug 2011)
    I came here in US (Sept 2011)
    Volunteer as childworker (feb 2012-march 2012)
    Volunteer at Hospital (March 2012-aug 2012)
    work as CNA (sept 2012--april 2013)
    Took my nclex (may 2013)
    Passed (june 2013)
    See my name at website (july 2013)



    Am I too late for job hunting thanks
  2. Visit  westcoastguy profile page

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  3. Visit  Fiona59 profile page
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    I'm confused by your post.

    You do understand that an LVN/LPN is a NURSE.

    You will not even be looked at for NA jobs because you are overqualified. Caregiver? As in a home help/nanny position?

    How would it be "too late"?

    Finding a job in today's economy is hard work and takes time.
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  4. Visit  westcoastguy profile page
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    Quote from Fiona59
    I'm confused by your post.

    You do understand that an LVN/LPN is a NURSE.

    You will not even be looked at for NA jobs because you are overqualified. Caregiver? As in a home help/nanny position?

    How would it be "too late"?

    Finding a job in today's economy is hard work and takes time.
    Okay I am sorry. Yeah I understand that I am a nurse my point is.. My family is dragging and nagging me to look for a job amd saying why should not work as CNA and caregiver for the meantime Im waiting for a nurse job. i am unemployed now since May up to now
  5. Visit  sueall profile page
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    I think what you are asking is whether it would be OK to work/whether anyone would hire you as a CNA while you continue looking for an LVN position. Is that what you wanted to know?
  6. Visit  westcoastguy profile page
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    Quote from sueall
    I think what you are asking is whether it would be OK to work/whether anyone would hire you as a CNA while you continue looking for an LVN position. Is that what you wanted to know?
    Yeah do you think I can do that?? My family dont understand that applying and getting a job is a very hard and long process
  7. Visit  xoemmylouox profile page
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    You should contact your States Board of Nursing to make sure you can. In some states this is illegal. Also you have some issues with your grammar so ensure someone else reviews your resume and cover letters before you submit them.
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  8. Visit  Maria1971 profile page
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    Quote from westcoastguy
    I'm LVN here in California (Central Valley to be exact) I just past my boards last May then my name was appeared at the website last July 11. Since I received the letter that I passed I start looking and applying here. i start applying last june 6 till now.

    I have active CNA license. Should apply as CNA or work as caregiver even I am a license nurse??? I'm sad I still waiting for interview calls. But still no job offers. Im planning to apply as CNA coz I work before in a Nursing and Rehab. i did volunteering in hospital and some private home nursing in our country. i have BSN but CA have their concurrency issues thats why I got denied to seat for nclex RN thats why I took nclex PN.

    And I dont know if my resume is steong enough to enter the very competitive nursing job hunting here in CA.

    I graduated BSN last 2009 (in our country)
    work as Private Home Nurse (May-2009-Aug 2011)
    I came here in US (Sept 2011)
    Volunteer as childworker (feb 2012-march 2012)
    Volunteer at Hospital (March 2012-aug 2012)
    work as CNA (sept 2012--april 2013)
    Took my nclex (may 2013)
    Passed (june 2013)
    See my name at website (july 2013)

    Am I too late for job hunting thanks
    Hi...are you close to Sta. Monica area?..my sister is a director of nursing,maybe She can help..
  9. Visit  westcoastguy profile page
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    Quote from Maria1971

    Hi...are you close to Sta. Monica area?..my sister is a director of nursing,maybe She can help..
    Hi maria!! Uhmm I'm here at central valley like kings county near Fresno-Hanford CA to be exact. From here to Sta.Monica is 3.5 hours I think. But if your sister is a DON and can help me? Why not? I can relocate though. By the way thanks for the offer. I really appreciate it.

    by the way, Where she working at? I already did tons of applications here walk in and online apply. Still no job calls and offers yet
  10. Visit  westcoastguy profile page
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    Quote from xoemmylouox
    You should contact your States Board of Nursing to make sure you can. In some states this is illegal. Also you have some issues with your grammar so ensure someone else reviews your resume and cover letters before you submit them.
    Sorry for grammars. My charge nurse cousin of mine fix my resume hope its okay now to pass to employers. I know being LVN then work as CNA is contraindicated. Just my family is the one who's forcing me to do it and I dont like talking back to my parents and explaining I cant do that.
  11. Visit  westcoastguy profile page
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    Quote from Maria1971

    Hi...are you close to Sta. Monica area?..my sister is a director of nursing,maybe She can help..
    Hi!! i am 3.5 hours away from Sta. monica but I can relocate though. Its very overwhelming that your sister is a DON. Are they hiring? This is my email coz I can't send PM mcmc.cosme@yahoo.com. Maybe I can apply online?

    If she can help me? Thats really a blessing and I really Appreciate it.

    Thank you Maria
  12. Visit  KelRN215 profile page
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    I'm doubtful that there is an employer out there who will hire you as a CNA knowing that you're a newly licensed LVN. They will assume (rightly so) that you are only interested in working for them because you can't find an LVN job and that you will ditch them as soon as you do find one.
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  13. Visit  westcoastguy profile page
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    Quote from KelRN215
    I'm doubtful that there is an employer out there who will hire you as a CNA knowing that you're a newly licensed LVN. They will assume (rightly so) that you are only interested in working for them because you can't find an LVN job and that you will ditch them as soon as you do find one.
    I know.... Im thinking that once they hired me as CNA they gonna absorb me as LVN once theres opening. But yeah as you said and others said. Its too tough to work as CNA while you're LVN. Sighs!
  14. Visit  mvm2 profile page
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    You have not even had one month of looking for a job as a lvn! How many apps have you put in so far? I am sorry that your family can not understand that you are not handed a job the minute you pass the NCLEX. You simply will just have to try to explain to them that you are going to try to do your best at getting a job, but they have to have patience with you and the process. Explain that it could take months to find a job. And from what I hear it is hard to find a nursing job no matter if you are a LVN or RN in CA. Also needless to say there probably are fewer LVN jobs out there then RN as well. Good Luck and keep looking and sending in those apps wherever you find a opertunity. If you simply have to have a job nosw I'd look at a job outside off the medical feild. That way you are not violating any laws with working underneith your licence. Good Luck it's a lot of hard work sometimes but if you don't give up your first nursing job will be worth the wait.
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