New graduate LPNs: any luck finding jobs. - page 3

by myperads

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I am applying to the LPN program for Spring 2010. I was originally in the RN program, however failed my summer class by one point. :banghead: Anyway. I was wondering has any of the new LPN graduates found full time jobs? ... Read More


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    I graduated lpn school in june 2008 and still haven't found a job. I have an associates degree in medical assisting, worked as a medical assistant for 8 months, and i have worked as a pharmacy tech for 2 years. I thought since i was a medical assistant and a pharmacy tech it would help me, but it hasn't. I have submitted tons of applications with no luck. Everyone wants me to have at least a year of experience even in the nursing homes and home health. I have gone to a couple of interviews and the human resources person always tells me if i had more experience they would hire me. Then i ask myself so why did you even call me in for the interview. My resume tells that i have no experience as a lpn. It doesn't make any sense. It get's fustrating. I have a very nice resume too. I have started applying for other jobs like office work and medical assisting work because i cannot wait around on a lpn job. I cannot even get a medical assisting job even though i have a diploma as a lpn. They want someone with years and years of experience, but i keep trying.
    oliviajolie likes this.
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    I know what you mean. I was a Medical Assistant for a few years before I became an LPN. I did have an LPN job but was let go. I have had a hell of a time getting a job. I have tried many places for both LPN and MA and no luck. I had 3 interviews and no call back so I assume I am not what they want. I have only been licensed since last June. I have thought about retail, I am that desperate. I have even considered doing STNA training, just to get a job at LTC and then when an LPN position opens up, maybe I could get on with that. I am kicking myself in the butt for not being an aid before, I really think that woul've helped me. I hope the job market and economy pick up soon.
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    I graduated in December 09 from the LPN program and passed boards in mid-January 10. I started applying for jobs right away, but no luck yet. I have applied in LTC, agency as well as for clinics all shifts resulting in 2 interviews I am still hopeful. Does anyone know how long it may take to recieve a job offer after an interview?
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    I graduated LPN school in 2008. I immediately went into a RN bridge program. I didn't work as an LPN, that was my biggest regret. I was always asked what did I do with my LPN license when I went on RN interviews, I think that hurt me.
    In my opinion if you are going to do LPN first, find a job anywhere working as a LPN. Find a LTC that has rehab so you can get experience with Trachs, dressing changes, IV's and other things that assisted living facilites may not have. You also want to show that you can care for more than 2 or 3 patients at a time.
    There are very few hospitals hiring new grad LPN's, call the HR and find out. If you can't get into acute care, find a job under a Hospital Group system like Novant or Duke whether its at their MD office or rehab LTC so that when you do bridge you are considered internal.
    I always tell people if they have choice meaning they have the time and ability to not work for the two years of RN do that and not LPN, but if you need to work sooner do the LPN get as much skilled experience that you can so it can go on a resume when you bridge, and bridge as soon as you can.

    Also alot of LTC facilities don't advertise, when you pass your boards go to everyone you can find and fill out and application most do interviews on the spot. I found two jobs at LTC Rehabs that way.
    NursieNurseLPN likes this.
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    It took me 7months to get a job in LTC after passing my board it was frustrating but did not give up. I never stop going out and was very close to my computer. Its not easy but we will not give up
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    What area are you all looking? When I was looking, all the LTC facilities in Burlington that I applied to called me back.
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    I am looking in Dayton, Oh and all areas around.
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    OMG, I'm scared as hell. I have just been hired to do some nursing with the heavy machinery Vent,s Trachs, Suctioning, and cathing. I'm new and Just got my license. What a heavy burden I feel to make sure my job is done right. I'm but just an LPN. I'm honored to start. I'm very nervous to test my abilities.
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    I just got two job offers and took them both. I have been without a job since Christmas. I have never worked two jobs at the same time in my life, but at this point i need the money and want the exp as well. One is for an agency and the other is a facility PRN. The PRN pays very well, I just couldn't turn it down. I am hoping they have something part time or full time open after I start so I can work at the facilty and maybe quit the agency. Good luck to all my fellow nurses
    oliviajolie likes this.
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    Quote from twister431
    OMG, I'm scared as hell. I have just been hired to do some nursing with the heavy machinery Vent,s Trachs, Suctioning, and cathing. I'm new and Just got my license. What a heavy burden I feel to make sure my job is done right. I'm but just an LPN. I'm honored to start. I'm very nervous to test my abilities.
    They need to train you. Don't let them cheat you by not getting enough training before you are on your own.


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