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Are LVN jobs still in demand in Los Angeles??

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I've been reading a lot of posts and now I'm scared, lots of people have been saying they can't get any jobs in Northern and Southern California and all across the country.

New grad RN's and LVN's alike are jobless.

I'm wondering is this the case in Los Angeles area too? Are any LVN's having trouble finding a job? Convalescent homes are still hiring right?

I'm just worried after I graduate because I'll have a huge loan to pay back, fast.

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I pounded the pavement for about 3 months without even getting an interview. finally one of my husbands co-workers wifes got me into a LTC facility. I have been there about 5 months now and am constantly being educated on policies and procedures...lots to know.:uhoh3: I know I got lucky but I really dislike this facility. Not only does it suck when you cant find a job but i feel worse now that I have a job and go home thinking...did I make the right career choice?? are all facilities like this? Well i wish you the best of luck. I hope your first job is a good enviroment:nurse:

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TheCommuter has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych.

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Let's put it this way. . .The supply of LVNs in the greater Los Angeles area greatly outnumbers the demand. In other words, there are lots of LVNs flooding the Southern California job market, but very few jobs to go around for everyone who would like to work.

A major culprit is the trade schools and business colleges that continue to churn out new LVNs into the Los Angeles job market every few months when the demand just isn't there. There's American Career College, Concorde Career Institute, Angeles College of Nursing, Angeles Institute, Casa Loma College, Anderson Medical Career College, Career Care Institute, Central Nursing College, College of Nursing and Technology, Everest College, Four-D College, Franklin Career College, High Desert Medical College, Homestead Schools, Integrity College of Health, Infotech Career College, Kaplan College, Joseph's School of Nursing, Los Angeles Trade Tech College, Marian College, North West College, Palladium Technical Academy, Preferred College of Nursing, Premiere Career College, Professional Medical Careers Institute, Shepherd University, St. Francis Career College, St. Jude Healthcare Educational Center, Trinity Vocational Center, Valley School of Allied Health, Valley College of Medical Careers, and many more LVN programs.

All of the aforementioned LVN programs are located in Los Angeles County. All of these schools are continuing to pump thousands of new grad LVNs into the Southern Californian employment pool when the demand has not been there for a couple of years. In my opinion, too many of these schools are in operation in the Los Angeles area.

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So why are people still saying there is a shortage in the Health Care field and that LVN and RN jobs will always be in demand?

I got into the Health Care field because I thought it was recession proof and in demand, has it already got to the point where this is untrue?

Now I'm scared of graduating, owing a huge amount of money and having no job.

Did I make a mistake in trying to become a LVN?

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TheCommuter has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych.

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So why are people still saying there is a shortage in the Health Care field and that LVN and RN jobs will always be in demand?

I got into the Health Care field because I thought it was recession proof and in demand, has it already got to the point where this is untrue?

Now I'm scared of graduating, owing a huge amount of money and having no job.

Did I make a mistake in trying to become a LVN?

There is a nursing shortage in certain states, and California is currently not one of them. I completed an LVN program in the Los Angeles area in 2005 and moved out of California immediately after graduating. For the past 4 years I have been living in a state that offers plenty of good LVN opportunities with competitive pay rates. Since I have had my LVN license, I have not been without a job.

Nursing shortages are purely regional. Nursing surpluses are also regional.

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There is a nursing shortage in certain states, and California is currently not one of them. I completed an LVN program in the Los Angeles area in 2005 and moved out of California immediately after graduating. For the past 4 years I have been living in a state that offers plenty of good LVN opportunities with competitive pay rates. Since I have had my LVN license, I have not been without a job.

Nursing shortages are purely regional. Nursing surpluses are also regional.

What state did you move to? Are LVN's in demand in North Carolina perhaps?

Is it just hard to find a job in Los Angeles for new grad nurses? What if I get experience at let's say a convalescent home, with experience should I be fine finding a LVN job from then on?

Thx

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Jobs for LVNs in the LA area are scarce and becoming more scarce. It is true that the local career colleges graduate more baby LVNs than there are jobs available. Experienced LVNs go without work too. Just be prepared for the reality of the situation so that you aren't shocked.

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TheCommuter has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych.

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What state did you move to?
I moved to Texas, which has been very new-grad friendly.

Are LVN's in demand in North Carolina perhaps?
There's a California LVN who recently moved to North Carolina (less than a week ago) and easily found work. She had been having troubles finding work in California, even after submitting hundreds of applications.

Is it just hard to find a job in Los Angeles for new grad nurses? What if I get experience at let's say a convalescent home, with experience should I be fine finding a LVN job from then on?
Many of the experienced nurses are having trouble finding work, too. It would be wonderful if you found a job at a convalescent facility or nursing home, but the chances of a new grad getting a nursing home job in the LA area are slim right now.

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I moved to Texas, which has been very new-grad friendly.

There's a California LVN who recently moved to North Carolina (less than a week ago) and easily found work. She had been having troubles finding work in California, even after submitting hundreds of applications.

Many of the experienced nurses are having trouble finding work, too. It would be wonderful if you found a job at a convalescent facility or nursing home, but the chances of a new grad getting a nursing home job in the LA area are slim right now.

Very odd... I'm going on Craigslist and Monster.com and even newspapers and I see LVN jobs available, even a few entry positions.

Am I missing something here?

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Ks mommy nurse has 10 years experience and specializes in SNF, home health.

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Very odd... I'm going on Craigslist and Monster.com and even newspapers and I see LVN jobs available, even a few entry positions.

Am I missing something here?

True, there are jobs out there. I was on there looking around even though I have a job. I was just curious if there still are jobs out there for LVNs. The jobs I found are for Dr's offices and home care. I'm in home care and never have had a problem finding work. I actually helped someone on here with an agency that I worked for in the past. Good luck to those looking for work.

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I agree its hard to get a job as an LVN here in Los Angeles especially when you are a new grad. These facilities wanted experience and they feel that hiring a new grad is a Huge Risk! I got very lucky to get a full time job in a LTC a month after i got my license. My classsmates have been looking for a job for almost 6 months now and they hardly find one. They even considered looking 20 miles away from LA but nothing.. Some got part time like 8 t0 16 hrs only a week. Its true there are too many graduates of LVN program plus some LVNs who were doing home health the last couple of years came back to work for LTC as they are scared of being jobless bec obama's health care reform.

I dont mean to offend anybody, but the Dept of Labor needs to look at the petitions being filed by hospitals and LTCs for nurses from abroad. I mean there are too many unemployed nurses here alone in Los Angeles i dont see the need to request for manpower from another country- that will have a domino effect in our economy. And this is not a fair labor practice either. In the facility i work, they have 3 nurses working there on a work permit whereas they receive almost 20 applications a day from local licensed nurses.

I hope we can form a group to voice out this concern to the local government. :uhoh3:

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There is a nursing shortage in certain states, and California is currently not one of them. I completed an LVN program in the Los Angeles area in 2005 and moved out of California immediately after graduating. For the past 4 years I have been living in a state that offers plenty of good LVN opportunities with competitive pay rates. Since I have had my LVN license, I have not been without a job.

Nursing shortages are purely regional. Nursing surpluses are also regional.

Hello, I am just curious as to which state you moved to? I will be taking an LVN program in Northern California but plan to move out of California as soon as I finish, I am just not sure quite where yet?

I have a small child so where ever I move I have to take School systems into account as well.

Thank you for your time!

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