I wanted to start a thread where I can hear from other LPNs, who transitioned to RNs, that are having difficulty finding employment.
Just a little about me, I have been employed by the same health region for almost 9 years here in Vancouver, BC. I started out as a Unit Clerk for 3 years, completed my LPN but was bumped from my permanent part-time position, so I decided to complete the BSN program. In between terms, I was working as casual LPN so that I can maintain my clinical experience, as well as to keep my seniority when I start applying for a New Graduate Nurse RN position. By no means that I am picky when it comes to finding a job, any clinical nursing job will do for me. I have four years, as a LPN, working on a medical, surgical and long-term unit and now that I have forwarded my resume to Human Resources, I feel that HR and/or the managers do not consider LPN as nursing experience.
Three weeks ago I went for my first interview on a Transitional Care Unit, and one week later the manager informed me that I am not the right candidate for the position, so I asked for feedback. Of course, I would like to know what I said wrong and what I can improve upon for my next interview. What she said surprised me cause (in her opinion) as a LPN and New Graduate RN, I am lacking in some skills (e.g., blood transfusion, chest tubes, NG tubes, PICCs). I did explain to the manager how these skills are initiated by RNs and the LPNs Scope of Practise is to assess and notify/collaborate with the RNs when caring for patients requiring these type of treatments.
Sorry to vent, but I did not expect to find it this difficult to land a registered nurse position for the same company that I have been employed with for the past 9 years. I graduated from the BSN program in November 2013 and I am awaiting for the CRNE results at the moment. I am thankful that I maintained my registration with CLPNBC. That being said, is LPN not considered nursing experience when applying for a New Grad RN position? Any thoughts fellow LPNs/RNs??
Mar 9, '14
I think there may be more to your story.
Could your leadership skills be an issue?
You might want this moved to the Canadian Forum for more feedback.
The manager mentioned that I do not have any experience being a charge nurse. As far as I know, LPNs are not able to be in charge in any medical or surgical floors. I did explain to the manager that my only experience of being a charge nurse was on a long-term care facility, and mind you this was during night shifts.
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