LVN Hospital Jobs - page 3

I've been accepted into the Grayson College LVN program this fall. Yeah! :yeah: Looking through these forums, I've gotten a little concerned about my job prospects. I plan to do either an on... Read More

  1. by   PrettyPillz
    As an LVN here in North Texas with almost 20 years experience, it is VERY hard for you to get a hospital job here. And what sucks is, most of my experience is in the hospital. But even with my experience, they will hire a new RN grad with no experience over me simply because he/she is an RN. It started getting tough here for LVNs over 10 years ago. I'll never forget a few years ago, a doctor at the hospital I worked in at the time, came to the nurses station and wanted to give orders for a patient he just visited and asked the charge nurse " get the nurse or LVN to come take my orders". Ane I also have experienced the dumping syndrome too. The RNs would give the worst patients to the LVNs in the hospital. And of course as an LVN I was taught to give IV's and IV meds, but although I've been doing it for years, and am certified, now the state of Texas as an LVN thinks I'm suddenly too dumb to give them. But when they are short of help in the hospital, I'm not so dumb anymore. Hospital's won't hire you as an LVN , yet you can work in the hospital through the agency-go figure. And since North Texas wants all RNs, why don't the hospitals assist the LVNs they had with going back to school? I noticed that the LVNs that were struggling to go back were met with opposition. They won't work with your school schedule, fight you with tuition reimbersment and so forth. And also, THERE IS NO NURSING SHORTAGE IN TEXAS!! Don't believe the hype!! How many bogus job fairs are these hospitals gonna give? I have seen the most outstanding nurses attend these events only to be sold a bunch of nursing books and no call back for a job. Your best bet is to go on to become an RN. Give Texas what they want, or go work in home health, hospice,nursing homes or doctors office. (hint) these are jobs most RN's don't want. :angryfire
    Last edit by PrettyPillz on Jul 27, '09
  2. by   shah
    Spoken so truly. I had to give up my regular job to bridge from LVN to RN. Had to go prn with no benefits. They always scheduled my on the night before my 0800 am class.

    HCA is now in partnership with UT Arlington where you could complete your online BSN at a discounted tuition.
  3. by   dhinson45
    DITTO to all the above. I have been a L.V.N. of 36 years and been there, done that. Went all the way thru clinical with RN but was not able to take boards due to medical situation. I am proud of my profession and my knowledge and skills. The best place I found to wk was in the Prison system and in the County Jail. Really covers, E.R., critical care, OR, clinical care and about every thing you could think of. Benefits are awsum and wemon are respected, as we are the ones that " fix all the injuries " so they live!! They treat us very well.
  4. by   tlbaby
    Hello everyone. I am new to this site. I was wondering if anyone can help me in deciding what to do. I current have a bachelor degree in rehabilitation counseling but have always wanted to be a nurse. I do not have any experience in the medical field but I am ready to get into the field now. I have been a stay home mom for the last 5 years. Should I go to an lvn program and bridge to rn since it is very competitive from what I hear to get into an rn program? I didn't really want to spends 2 years in school now because I am ready to work. How hard is it for a new grad without experience to land a job with home health or should I work in a different area as a new grad?
  5. by   ladside
    I would definitely shoot for the traditional RN program if I were you. If you can obtain and keep a high GPA, you would not have any problems getting into the program. If your first attempt to get into the program proves unsuccessful, then go for the LVN because, by then, you will already have the required courses to bridge. I don't know about Texas, but here in Georgia, your biologies cannot be more than 5 years old and it looks like you might be at that point now. So that is a year's worth of biology that you have to take (A&P I/II, Micro). I was gonna bridge but I can't even find an open slot in the biologies; so I'm going through Excelsior to complete my degree online. Good luck and welcome to the combat zone!
  6. by   tlbaby
    Ithink i will go the lvn route, but i am concered about job prospects without experience in ft. worth, tx
  7. by   ladside
    Well, I welcome you into the nursing field. I've been an LPN for 23 years this year and I work at a hospital. But because they were cancelling me so much, along with RNs, I enrolled in college. Once you obtain your LPN license, you will still be required to complete college level courses. Having a Bachelor's degree, you have that. Here, colleges want a certain amount of credits obtained from THEIR college in order to be awarded a degree from them. I have a college-mate that has 100 credit hours and she is now pursuing nursing but because she transferred the majority of her hours in, she is having to repeat a lot of courses just for the degree from this particular college. In any case, there are options, as you well know, that you have. You will figure out what is best for you. Unfortunately, everybody wants experience but not too many are willing to give you the chance. I was with an agency going into nursing homes and homes when I was approached about whether or not I had hospital experience. I lied and said yes. That was the only way, (way back when) that I could get into the hospital to get the experience. It has made me a better nurse, being in the hospital. But things have changed so much that I would not dare try that today. I was fortunate back then and more than likely, BLESSED!
  8. by   livinlife1257
    Quote from belgarion
    I have a couple of relatives who are floor managers at two different LARGE hospitals. They have told me on several occasions that if they have two applicants for a RN position, one with a brand new ADN and a few years LVN experience and one with a brand new BSN but no real world experience, they both will take the ADN every single time. Don't let anyone tell you that LVN experience is worthless.

    As far as working as an LVN in a hospital goes, don't turn up your nose at small town facilities. They can be great places to work while you go for your RN and you can actually get broader base of experience there. Good luck at whatever you do.

    Do you happen to know where some of these small town facilities are ?? I would have no problem relocating / driving to get the experience. I am an LVN but did do all of my clinicals in a hospital
    Thanks ahead of time !
  9. by   belgarion
    Just get out a map of Texas and start googling on some of the small towns in the area you like. You may be surprised at how many towns with two or three thousand people have a small hospital. You may not get to do a lot of critical care or other specialties but it is a good broad based med-surg experience. Also, you can find quite a few small, acute care specialty hospitals in the major metro areas. I can think of at least three on Harry Hines in Dallas within a couple of blocks of UT Southwest Medical Center. Out in west Texas many small towns have the only medical care available for 50 or 60 miles in any direction. You can find the same situation in New Mexico, Arizona, Wyoming, etc.
    Not all of these places will welcome LVN/LPNs. Not all will be hiring at any given moment. But many people in nursing don't think about these facilities because they don't realize that a city doesn't have to have a million residents in it to have a decent medical facility. As a result, you may be the only applicant for a position instead of being one of a thousand. At any rate, it's one more option that is worth a shot. Good Luck!