Quote from tde1992
Only a few hospitals in baltimore staff LPN's (Good Samaritan, St. Joseph, Maryland General, Sinai, Union Memorial). None of the larger teaching hospitals staff LPN's. Also the pay is alot lower in hospitals for LPN's versus a nursing home.
Woa! where you livin' at?
Out in the pac nw...nursing homes are WAY way lower in wage than the hospitals..least where I'm at! FIVE bucks under them....per hour...day shift. I turned down a job w/one of them just last week b/c of it. That to me is just bunko bunko. I'm the same nurse..same experience...(none! ha!) and deserve the same starting wage in this town regardless of which area I work...be it hospital or long term care..that is just bunk And if everyone stood up for the same you'd have across the board competetive wages.... but I digress to another topic!
Hey I'm a new grad and I'm having trouble finding an RN job too.... only nights at the hospitals locally.
I need days..for many reasons. Anywho..the poor nursing homes are soooo hurting for nurses but they will NOT up their pay. Go figure. No wonder they are hurting. I may just take one of the jobs and keep looking for higher pay in the meantime...have to pay bills ya know....although on what they want to pay in nursing homes...I can BARELY pay my bills what with childcare costs before/after school etc....sigh..I finally am a professional...and "RN" and I'm still barely getting by..what is up w/that?! And I don't have a bunch of extra bills either...just a car payment that..we had to have....you should have seen what I was driving before...
Anyway....yeah sometimes new grads need to be willing to RELOCATE I think..... I'm considering AZ and CA b/c they need nurses and have lots of new grad opps...problem is....the expense to live...sigh.....
Who knows... but yes you are right..many want experience. Seems if you get the RIGHT experience (i.e. ER or ICU) you can pretty much WRITE YOUR OWN TICKET. So I've been trying to get into ER/ICU with no luck. I really love PACU...but they don't seem to think that's as desirable insofar as moving places in the nursing world/opening opps. Plus many of THEM want ED/ICU first.....
They have an ICU job here...days..even....12 H shift which is a problem..nobody to watch the kids for that extra hour (SIGH) but i didn't tell them that....but I've visited the HR TWICE AND called the floor manager in the dept days...and no phone calls back....... Yep...it's hard.
Doesn't make sense b/c I thought there was a shortage!!!! Evidentally only for EXPERIENCED nurses.