I just joined allnurses.com today and I'm excited about entering into the world of nursing. I have been licensed for one year and actively have been looking for work and submitting my resume with hospitals, private medical offices, LTC facilities, correctional facilities, and home health care agencies and they all are requiring at least one year of paid experience. I have been told by the Director of Nursing from all the home health care agencies here in california when I have inquiried about employment that they are required by state law to request that all applicants have one year of experience. How is it possible to obtain experience if these places are not willing to give a new LVN grad. the opportunity? I am beside myself and don't know which way to turn. I would greatly appreciate any suggestions you have.
Quote from nursel56
...I've never heard of a law that a home health agency must require 1 year of experience, and have worked with new grad LVNs in home health, so I believe you were given incorrect information...
Here in Texas, you might say it's not a LAW...but it is the Board of Nursing's official opinion. Don't expect too many agencies to go contrary to the Board's opinion.
BTW, I don't want to sound like a jerk--though I'm sure I will--but at this point, the LAST thing I care about is some foreign nurse having the ability to take the NCLEX and take yet another job away from me. Sorry, kids, America has been the land of milk and honey for everyone for too long. We're running out of resources for ourselves now. My suggestions is stay in your own country and make it work...that's we I have to do over here. Do I sound like a total jerk? Maybe...but I'm okay with that right now. I'm not feelin' the love today.
Last edit by north on Aug 29, '12