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- by J4865 Feb 2, '10I can't believe how hard it is finding a job as a new LPN I've been licensed for 3 months now and haven't had a single interview. I've spoken to the other women that I had graduated with and very FEW people have found employment, and If they did it was only 2-3 days a week with ZERO benefits. LPN's cannot work as CNA's, tech's, or any other job that is below your licensure in Maryland. I just want to warn other people who are considering going to school to become an LPN. I honestly believed when I started school that I wouldn't have any problem finding a job after graduation. I don't want to rain on anyone's parade but if you are a new graduate, please don't get your hopes up like I did. After the past couple months of stress and frustration I finally decided to see an Army recruiter and I'm so happy I did! Going in as an LPN I may be able to skip bootcamp and attend a 2 week Army ettiquette course, go to some training and start as an E-4. I'm determined to enlist as soon as possible!
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- Feb 3, '10 by wigglesgogoWOW, Congrats to you! I think they should at least be able to pay for your RN classes. They probabley will do more. I wish you luck & much success. I am sure when you come out you will have lots of experience under your belt and have no problem getting a job.
- Feb 3, '10 by JustanotherdayI think being an army nurse is a WONDERFUL idea! I have been inspired by some books I have read written by WWII nurses, such as Bedpan Commando and If I Perish.
- Feb 3, '10 by RhoneLilmsnurse, I share your frustration. I've been licensed since October and couldn't even get an interview until just recently (might get the job *crosses fingers*). And I probably only got that interview because the position opened up in a unit with the same exact population I have years of experience working with from before I went to nursing school.
The army thing sounds like a fantastic idea--if I was a little younger and not married to someone who'd kill me for it I'd probably be considering the military right now too. My favorite nurse I've ever worked with was an ex-marine LPN.
- Feb 3, '10 by jennycglad6I wanted 2 know if anybody recommended any lpn programs in the dmv or any insight on becoming a lpn at all
- Feb 5, '10 by Nurse2bKimberlyWould any of you LPN's out there consider doing temporary work? Back in October I went to a temporary agency in Falls Church,VA called Temporary Help,Inc. & they use CNA/GNA's,LPN's & I think RN's as well in the DMV (dc/md/va) area. I'll find the paper & post the phone # if anyone is interested
The thing is they wanted you to be licensed in both states & the district too. If you weren't they encouraged you to fill out paperwork to obtain DC & Virginia licensure.
- Feb 5, '10 by J4865Thanks for the encouragement jennycglad6, as far as becoming an LPN- entry level jobs are few and far between right now I've even heard of new RN's having trouble finding jobs. There are 2 practical nursing programs that I know of, one is in DC and the other is up in pa.
- Feb 8, '10 by NurseLoveJoy88I'm a new grad lpn and found work right away, sorry you couldn't find a job op but it doesn't mean there aren't any... I'm truly blessed.
- Feb 14, '10 by J4865congrats I didn't say there weren't any just hard to come by in this economy