New LVN! How do i get my first job?

  1. Hi everyone.

    I'm new on here and I've been reading a few posts here and there and I really like this forum.

    I just graduated Dec 2007 and passed my nclex exam this April 2008. I have no idea where to begin looking for work.

    I'm willing to start anywhere but home health and I'm open for working any shift. I really need to get my foot in the door.

    I figured I'm in no position of being too picky. Or should I be?

    I hope my lic and certificates can help me land a job.

    my negatives:
    -No experience
    -my age (im 22, but I look 17)

    Pros: (I HOPE)
    -LVN license
    -Cna & HHA certified
    - Iv & blood withdrawal certified
    -BLS cpr
    - first aid
    - bilingual (Spanish)

    What do you guys think? Do I have a chance? Or will I be rejected over and over again?

    Thanks in advance.

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    About deelpn85

    Joined: Apr '08; Posts: 43; Likes: 10
    LPN/LVN; from US
    Specialty: 3 year(s) of experience in LTC Psych, OB/GYN Clinic,Peds


  3. by   pagandeva2000
    The only way to win it is to get in it. Start applying. You can begin by using your clinical experiences in school as nursing experience until you gain more skills under your belt. I don't see many issues since you are open to any shift and basically anywhere except home health. Start observing your area and see where the openings are for new LPN grads. Also, there is a regional forum where you can ask more nurses in your particular state what the pulse is for LPNs. Congrats on your license!
  4. by   caliotter3
    Congratulations on obtaining your license. Just thought I'd let you know something that I experienced. I applied at two places where I initially wasn't given the time of day. One of these places for some reason, I reapplied to about 3 or 4 months after my first application. I think I had read on the application that it was only good for 30 days. I was interviewed and hired by the DON the second time around. She told me that she had not seen my first application! The job picture changed during that time and I was hired. At the other place, I just wrote it off when they didn't respond to my application. Then out of the blue, I received a call about five months after I had applied. By that time I was working elsewhere. So my advice is to get out there and apply for jobs. Reapply at these same places if you don't get a positive response after your initial attempt. Only way you will be hired is if you try, even if it takes persistence. Good luck.
  5. by   MzMouse
    I suppose it varies from area to area, but around here a new grad would have no problem getting hired in LTC. Find out as much as you can about the facilities around you. They can be a good place for a new LPN to get some experience. No one has to stay at their first job forever.

    I would love to be able to speak Spanish! That is a terrific asset for a new nurse. I would certainly mention that on your resume and in your interviews.
  6. by   deelpn85
    thanks for your comments. I hope all goes well.
  7. by   GoldenFire5
    My LVN class graduated a little over a year ago. We all applied for hospital jobs, the only one who was hired in that setting was someone who had a family connection. The rest of us found work in home health, LTC, urgent care, and doctor's office settings.

    Now that I have a year's experience, I've been able to do some hospice work and some other opportunities are currently (hopefully, fingers crossed) opening up for me as well.

    Good luck to you.
  8. by   BA.LVN
    I too, am a recent LVN grad and passed my NCLEX.....should receive my license in the mail w/in a week and a half. I've been applying to positions as well, w/ no calls back....just wondering about home health....did you start out in home health as a new grad? Did they offer good training? I've been hesitant to even apply to home health b/c of my lack of experience and being a new grad....except I know one person in our class just got a job in home health....any advice? Thanks!!

  9. by   benett
    ME TOO...I just got my LICENSE and I cannot find anybody who hires NEW LICENSE HOLDER,It's so unfair.I have been to several places filled up apps, passed resume and NONE-called.
    I also have a question,Im not sure what field to focus/specialize on,any suggestions? I also have a degree in CRIMINAL JUSTICE,and Im interested in combining both, like becoming a FORENSIC NURSE.