ArmstrongLPN 4,253 Views
Joined Feb 24, '10.
ArmstrongLPN is a LPN.
He has '3' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Psych; Substance Abuse'.
Posts: 66 (5% Liked)
I have recently accepted a offer at Novant Presbyterian Medical Center. So we are officially moving from Virginia Beach. The only problem is securing housing. We unfortunately do not have the best credit. Anyone have any advice for securing housing in Charlotte with less than fun credit.
I am currently doing Excelsior's ASN Program. I have made lots of progress this year and plan to be finished sometime mid 2015 god willing. My partner and I moved to Virginia Beach a year ago from NY thinking it would be a great move for his portrait photography business. Unfortunately we were very wrong. We are looking for our next city to fall in love with.
With consideration to the move to BSN and the tight market for new graduates my question is, Where is the best place to be a New Grad RN with ASN in your opinion.
I understand every situation has its set of variables, i'm just trying to narrow down some places to visit.
Let me decide for you, RN lol. Seriously though, if you have the time and money I would suggest doing a RN program because of the employment climent for LPN and RNs alike. Though some new Associate degree RNs may be feel pinch, as a newer LPN with some experience in the field I think that things are much harder for us. IMO Good Luck
I hope all is going well in your first year as a RN!
I wanted to know if you ended up going this way once you graduated. If you did (or did not), how did it all work out for you. I'm not yet done with the program but I am plugging away here in Hampton Roads and my options for hospitals outside of Virginia in my area are limited.
I am also in South eastern Virginia. If you don't mind telling, what hospital are you doing your clinicals in and was it easy to set up. I saw that Sentara Leigh is listed and I live within 5 minutes from there so that would be so perfect for me. I am very interested in this program because I relocated to the area from NY where I was doing Excelsior. I want to do a program that is approved by the Virginia BON. I hope you can give me some insight.
Sorry I don’t have any information for you but I am going to bump your post because I am also interested in this program and live in Virginia. I originally was doing Excelsior while living in NY and decided to switch to a distance learning program that is approved in my new state.
Are you still considering this program?
Thanks Everyone! Just heard back from the manager. Telephone interview set for Thursday. *Fingers Crossed*
@CrunchRN - Lubbock
@Itzvalerie - thanks for the info. I figured they would have ignored my app because of lack of acute experience. I was really shocked to get a call back for a interview.
This is going to be a long one.
I am originally from NY. I was a Technician in L&D prior to becoming a nurse and I always wanted to work on a acute nursing unit. I became a LPN in 2011 and was abruptly awoken from my dream and took the first job available to me which was in substance abuse. Over the years since I have held many Substance abuse, psych and LTC positions because I cannot stay at one place long enough, I just don't like it. Looking at the job postings on indeed in Virginia Beach and with much encouragement from my RN buddy who currently lives here I relocated in search of better positions.
It has been 8 months and I am still in the same situation here. I did get a acute position but it is in on a Mental Health floor which these days is looking more like a detox center. Its a revolving door and making me a very jaded person. I feel like by working in these areas that my heat is not into is making my patients suffer, although I try to put my very best into everything I do. To add insult to injury I have worked nights almost all of my life and love it, my current job is trying to make me work days to fill a need. Even after I expressed in the interview that I am a night nurse and always have been. Along with the big change of working a different shift I would lose my shift differential at a job that already pays low and in a area that has a history of low salaries. I know what you are saying. Why don't I return to school? Well, I am currently enrolled in Excelsior and it is taking me a while due to my schedule.
Now to the point... I have always heard that Texas is the place to be for nurses. Up late one night I searched indeed for positions and found plenty of acute positions for LPNs. I applied and heard back from a few almost immediately. I have a manager that called today to set up a interview for a Med-Surg/ICU floor. This particular hospital has a nursing school and offers a career ladder program. The program allows the nurse to work two 12 hour shifts a week and get paid full-time. Should I pursue this? Would you move for what seems to be a better job opportunity?
Yes guys, I had to share this because I thought it was quite bizarre.
Although there are times I get annoyed with the fact that it is taking ME forever to finish my degree through excelsior, I understand the concept of self paced and self study. As many of you mentioned many people do think this is the easy way out. I constantly find myself defending excelsiors program at work.
I would love to see the outcome of this case.
What are your thoughts?
Thanks for the review. I have a couple of the text guides and I have been on the fence about rebuying the audio versions but I just may give in due to convience. Good thing they are soo cheap.
Im at a major hospital in Norfolk, VA and I am hoping that when I finish the program that they allow me to work here provisionally.
I called the Bon the other day and I was told that I would have to work in every area taught in nursing school (ie: peds, ob, med-surg, emergency...), all while being superived by a RN who is on the unit at all times. This RN can only supervise a few provisionals at a time. Idk if they are going to go for that but I am really hopeful that they will. Otherwise I will have to go PRN here and trek across state line to find work. :/ *fingers crossed*
Hey a4patch, what did you decide? Are you doing the program? I'm trying hard to get through but I keep running into financial road blocks. What part of Virginia are you in?
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