New LPN and no jobs available.

  1. 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
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  3. by   Repat
    Actually, wound care nursing is about a whole lot more than "changing dressings". Just my two cents!
  4. by   FROGGYLEGS
    You took the words right out of my mouth. Wound care can be an entire specialty...WOC nurse. I'd love to do it myself.

    Maybe you can check into it to see what the wound care job entails. It may be more interesting than what you think.

    Good luck to you
  5. by   ladybay
    I said that particular wound care nurse position was prn. Plus I said I need to earn a living. I want to utilize my skills like assessments, injections, meds, nursing dx, IV monitors, tube feedings, blood draws and IV's, utilizing a stethoscope, becoming familiar with various medical situations, you know nurse stuff. Med-surg, ER or ICU would be ideal for me. If wound care is more than changing dressings, then educate me. I'm going from what the HR lady said after I asked her what kind of job it was. Even so, wound care is not for me!!

    ladybay
  6. by   PeninsulaRN
    Well, if LTC is your only option, many of those things you can learn there. Have you looked into the subacute areas of local nursing centers? Those are the people that need slightly more care than the residents and are there on a more short-term basis, they often need wound care, infusion therapy, G-tube placements/care, etc. That might be an idea.
  7. by   ladybay
    PeninsulaRN,

    If that is the case then I'll look into it, thanks.
  8. by   PeninsulaRN
    Quote from ladybay
    PeninsulaRN,

    If that is the case then I'll look into it, thanks.
    You're welcome, and I hope you find something that suits your needs. I can't believe there are no acute care openings for LPNs where you are.
  9. by   ladybay
    Quote from PeninsulaRN
    You're welcome, and I hope you find something that suits your needs. I can't believe there are no acute care openings for LPNs where you are.
    Its true, there are no acute care openings around here. There seems to be an undercurrent of the local facilities to using LPN's in positions that really doesn't require a nursing licensure or critical skills.

    ladybay
  10. by   PeninsulaRN
    Quote from ladybay
    Its true, there are no acute care openings around here. There seems to be an undercurrent of the local facilities to using LPN's in positions that really doesn't require a nursing licensure or critical skills.

    ladybay
    Oh no, I didn't mean to imply that I didn't believe you, only that it seems to be a waste of resources.
  11. by   Brownms46
    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
    Found this...might be worth a look see;
    http://www.careerbuilder.com/jobseek...e=&lr=cbga_ton
  12. by   ladybay
    Brownsms46,

    I called them and Davita told me they require 1 year experience in med-surg/ICU. Thanks anyway.

    ladybay
  13. by   rjflyn
    Ah theres a nursing shortage---------- Move !!!
  14. by   Brownms46
    Quote from ladybay
    Brownsms46,

    I called them and Davita told me they require 1 year experience in med-surg/ICU. Thanks anyway.

    ladybay
    Sorry to hear that ladybay. And they need to change their ad then...because it says "preferred". I hope you are able to find somewhere that will give you an opportunity soon. And you're welcome.

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