Hey, just trying to get a general anecdotal survey of opinions regarding the state of LPN-ing in Oregon.
I've been out of the job for awhile and am just getting back in. When I first started around 1999 it was in Las Vegas. They were desperate for nurses, temp work was an insane need and getting an LPN job was incredibly easy.
Long story short I'm not in Oregon and getting the re-cert and everything feels...different. Talking to the nursing board feels like there is less flexibility and of what choices there are then there are more admin hoops to jump through.
Also, the job market for LPN for other than LTC facilities seems very, very limited. The one-on-one conversations I've had with RNs (most occurred as part of my EMT program) left me with a feeling that "they" (union, government bureaucracy, nursing board---whoever "they" are) are so of out to dismantle LPN by making more tasks RN only, pushing CNA-2's, MA's, and CMA's.
It all seemed very negative and I wanted to spread my questions widely to make sure I wasn't just getting stuck with a few burnouts in my conversations by luck of the draw.
If that made sense.
I'm an LPN in oregon and i don't find this to be necessarily true, yes, LTC and SNF are the most common places for LPN's still, however i have been employed by Kaiser Permanente for the past 2 years. I found that the clinics in oregon, and especially Kaiser clinics (note i'm saying clinics and NOT hospital) are moving away from hiring RN's because the reality is that they can hire LPN's in the clinic to do MOST of the things need and pay them much less. (still around $22 an hour starting out LPN). for example, the clinic i work in has hired 7-8 LPN positions in the last year. They still have RN's on staff but just the bare minimum of what they need. By the way, if its any help, I know that Kaiser is about to open up the new Westside hospital in portland with all the specialty clinics in it and it created tons of new nursing jobs. worth a look! Also i have looked at jobs around town, the VA and a couple private clinics and legacy, i have never heard anything about requiring you to be a CNA to work as an LPN...i have heard that some LPN schools require it but NEVER a job asking for it. good luck, and I definitely would say there's a lot of people that complain about it out there but its not all truth...
Last edit by Niki LPN on Apr 1, '13
: Reason: forgot something!