I wonder if in the world of hiring managers my experience as LPN means anything while I am looking for my first RN job.
I worked on Med-Surg as LPN for 3 years. It is a small, rural hospital but it still counts, right? Cardiac pts., orthopedic pts., ACLS cert., floating to ER and ICU, and all other goodies. I did everything except maybe admissions and spiking bags with blood
. Now, when I go through job ads, it looks like no one will talk to me unless I can show at least 1 year of RN experience
. I'm not really afraid of being GN and start all over again, as I am always open to learn, but those positions seem to be highly competitive and placement seems to depend more on luck than anything else.
What I am actually trying to find out here is: should I try to pledge my case while applying for position requiring experience, or everything goes strictly by the rules outlined in the ads.