Hi y'all! I'm a new LPN (graduated in August, licensed in November) and I've been job hunting since January.
After a few applications to a handful of places, I interviewed on Thursday with the nurse manager and clinical coordinator of a med surg unit of a local hospital. They invited me to shadow the end of a day shift and beginning of a night shift.
I shadowed yesterday evening. I didn't know what to expect since I was told specifically that I'd be doing no patient care. I showed up, interacted with everyone I encountered, smiled, engaged all the patients and their families, and discussed my interest in starting/growing in med surg. Both nurses showed me some in-depth procedures, like how they chart (all electronic), how they do med pass, etc.
The day of my interview the NM asked me to call this morning and leave a voicemail telling her how everything went, which shift I preferred, and whether I'm still interested. I left a voicemail saying everything went great, I preferred night shift (new grad and all!), and I'm very interested in beginning my career in med surg there.
The NM and CC told me they'd reach a decision today or tomorrow. I know shadowing is supposed to be a great sign, but I've seen on this forum and heard from others that just because you shadow does not mean you get the job.
I would love to start my career in this med surg unit! So many people have made comments around me discouraging LPNs in med surg, and I know this opportunity would truly help me grow in my career. I am sitting on pins and needles--I just needed to tell some other folks who'd understand. Fingers crossed!!!