New LPN and no jobs available. - page 7

I live in Tulsa and just received my license 2 weeks ago. The hospitals around here are not hiring LPNs but they were when I started school. I'm a nurse tech at my hospital and human resources wants... Read More

  1. by   sandytambo
    I am a new LPN and love the ads for "Entry Level" but needs at least one year experience! How can you get experience if no one hires you! I am lucky that Davita did hire me and hope to be able to hone enough skills to retuen to school,get my RN and get into nephrology.My school fed me a bunch of you know what and blew lots of smoke up my *&^# and assured me that with the "nursing shortage" I would be snapped right into a job!No hospital will touch me and all LTC centers are all prn. But I can always go back to waiting tables!LOL Pays the same!!
  2. by   linzz
    I hear you Santam, same deal here in certain parts of Canada. My school got me too. Few hospital jobs here and LTC is all prn. If this keeps up, I vote to shut down the LPN programs.
  3. by   SuesquatchRN
    Heh. I use all of my LPN skills in LTC. Daily.

    And wound care is intriguing.

    As to LPN's working anywhere other than doctor's offices and LTC's, deal with it. The only LPN's I know with cool hospital jobs have been there long enough that they were there when LPN's were still being hired in such capacities. That's why I'm pursuing my RN.
  4. by   katherine100
    Quote from ladybay
    I live in Tulsa and just received my license 2 weeks ago. The hospitals around here are not hiring LPNs but they were when I started school. I'm a nurse tech at my hospital and human resources wants to move towards an all RN staff, thanks to Wellsprings coming in and revamping hospital policies. :angryfire I even make more money (with shift diff) than a new grad LPN at my hospital. I want to leave my job sooo bad. The only hospital that did have a position was for a prn wound care nurse. I find it sad to resort to changing dressings after all I've learned in school. Where is a newbie to get some hospital experience? I even contacted various places like home health, hospices, dialysis and agency, nothing. Agencies require 6-12 months med-surg experience. I'd hate to lose those hard earned nursing skills by going to a nursing home. Before I can even think of RN school, I need to start working as a nurse, get some skills and make decent money first. I want to utilize some critical nursing skills like med-surg but if no one gives me a chance, what can I do? I can't move out of state with a house and husband (who has a couple of surgeries pending). its frustrating.

    ladybay

    Sounds like you need to go to a full scope nursing home for 6 mos then go to agency. Too bad you werent in CA or the east coast. Some hospitals out here have opened up positions for LPNs. Good luck.
  5. by   sayitgirl
    I live on the east coast, and I was an LPN for ten years before returning back to school to get my RN. There are some hospitals that will hire LPNs' but the positions are limited. It is becoming the norm for hospitals to exclusively hire registered nurses. LPN's usually can only work on units or with patients that are stable. The RN has to monitor their work, this is part of the reason why hospitals are leading to wards hiring them over LPN's. It is part of the nurse practice act, that practical nurses have limited scope in the hospital. The pay is not even very much, I believe the starting salary for LPN's in the hospital on the east coast is about $13 versus $17- 19 in the long term care setting. It only goes up when you work for an agency, there the salary ranges in the $20's and $30's which is equivalent to a registered nurses' salary in some facilities. You are going to have to return back to school to see a difference in your pay and job opportunities. That will not change no matter what state you work in. This is something that they should teach practical nursing students so that they can be prepared for the challenges that they will face after graduation.
  6. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from kmcleod
    Sounds like you need to go to a full scope nursing home for 6 mos then go to agency. Too bad you werent in CA or the east coast. Some hospitals out here have opened up positions for LPNs. Good luck.
    Since the original poster created this discussion in May 2004, over 4 years ago, we can safely assume that (1) he/she is most likely an experienced LPN by now and (2) he/she probably received an answer to this particular question several years ago.
  7. by   zoeyzoe
    Quote from sayitgirl
    I live on the east coast, and I was an LPN for ten years before returning back to school to get my RN. There are some hospitals that will hire LPNs' but the positions are limited. It is becoming the norm for hospitals to exclusively hire registered nurses. LPN's usually can only work on units or with patients that are stable. The RN has to monitor their work, this is part of the reason why hospitals are leading to wards hiring them over LPN's. It is part of the nurse practice act, that practical nurses have limited scope in the hospital. The pay is not even very much, I believe the starting salary for LPN's in the hospital on the east coast is about $13 versus $17- 19 in the long term care setting. It only goes up when you work for an agency, there the salary ranges in the $20's and $30's which is equivalent to a registered nurses' salary in some facilities. You are going to have to return back to school to see a difference in your pay and job opportunities. That will not change no matter what state you work in. This is something that they should teach practical nursing students so that they can be prepared for the challenges that they will face after graduation.


    What you are saying is very true. I live in Georgia where the pay is crappy anyway, no matter what career u have. Your not going to make as much in the same job as you would headed more east, north or west. But as far as LPN's here, i live in Atlanta, where you can still find at least 100 job opening for us at any giving time. But, it is still a limited market, with hospital jobs being very scarce at best. When you do find a hospital that is hiring us , yup, just like you said about 12 10 14 dollars. I made 12 dollars as a CNA. When I was in LPN school just a short 2 1/2 years ago, our instructors repeatedly said we should not stop here. They just did not tell us how bad it was out here for the LPN's, who want more then just LTC's or home health, and still make more then 18 dollars an hour. So yes i've returned back to school for my RN. Now my state is trying to hold me back on that, buts that another story, for another thread.
  8. by   katherine100
    Quote from sayitgirl
    I live on the east coast, and I was an LPN for ten years before returning back to school to get my RN. There are some hospitals that will hire LPNs' but the positions are limited. It is becoming the norm for hospitals to exclusively hire registered nurses. LPN's usually can only work on units or with patients that are stable. The RN has to monitor their work, this is part of the reason why hospitals are leading to wards hiring them over LPN's. It is part of the nurse practice act, that practical nurses have limited scope in the hospital. The pay is not even very much, I believe the starting salary for LPN's in the hospital on the east coast is about $13 versus $17- 19 in the long term care setting. It only goes up when you work for an agency, there the salary ranges in the $20's and $30's which is equivalent to a registered nurses' salary in some facilities. You are going to have to return back to school to see a difference in your pay and job opportunities. That will not change no matter what state you work in. This is something that they should teach practical nursing students so that they can be prepared for the challenges that they will face after graduation.

    Yes that is why i took my LPN so I can get to RN eventually. I am so glad I see more LPN positions though. I was a sec and there was no overtime available. At least now I can work in diff settings, diff times and get overtime. I do actually prefer science but I will go for the RN (maybe PA). One thing's for sure; we all have jobs (CNA, RN, etc) which is more than i can say for some of these wall street folks.

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