Hello there, just wanted to post info and maybe get some common feedback about the lack of all nursing positions(CNA, LPN, and RN) in the heart of VA. I've found that although there are new job postings in the newspaper and on the internet, myself and others are applying their tails off for weeks and no interviews whatsoever, not so much as a simple "Thank you for applying" e-mail.With about 5 local colleges in the area, new grads are finding it hard to ease into local positions. I'm guessing about 600 new RN grads a year, and about 100 LPN grads and maybe 50-75 CNAs a year, where do they all go? What if a new grad doesn't want to re-locate out of Lynchburg? Should they rethink a career path in nursing for it? I know some highschool grads have. The area is so well-saturated, i've heard it has brought a local RN's pay down, because there is no demand. Its a sticky situation that needs to be brought out of gossip and into the public.
I know the area pretty well so I went to the BON website and did a little research. You said five nursing schools so I assume you are talking about Lynchburg and Charlottesville. For these two towns the RN and LPN nclex taker/pass numbers are half what you state. I think there are many more CNA grads than you state but then again I don’t know any unemployed CNAs …. This is not a whole lot of coverage for an area with a population base of 300ishK. And there is very little health care service available in the rural areas just outside these small towns so I think it's inaccurate to call a no-shortage in an area where you might need to survive a 45 minute drive to the nearest hospital in case of an accident or if you have a heart attack, etc., etc.
Wages in Central Va certainly have never been all that high for anyone – and of the few who are making big bucks I’m guessing very few of them are nurses. People choose or stay in central va for the lifestyle – people who want bigger money and more big name options trade in the lifestyle for metropolis – DC, NYC, etc., etc.
Your post seems to indicate that you’ve been applying online. For a small town/rural job search you probably need to mix that up a bit and apply in person or by snail mail and use the phone as well. People are a lot more likely to pick up the phone and talk to you than they are to answer an email (don’t ask me why but it just is that way). Keep in mind that telecommunications infrastructure is not good especially in the outlying areas so email tends not to be the primary means of communication anyway. Also talk to people about your search. The area is small enough that you can do this and get good referrals. It takes patience but if you keep at it you’ll find something. Hang in there and good luck.
Last edit by sunray12 on Mar 17, '09