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Can a new grad LPN make it in California?

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Specializes in LPN. Has 4 years experience.

Born and raised in Chicago and currently finishing up my LPN program in Illinois. I'm hoping to one day to get my LPN license in California since its always been a dream of mine to live there. Can an LPN live comfortably there alone? Any LPNS in the Los Angeles area?

Archerlpvn, LPN, LVN

Specializes in Home health, Addictions, Detox, Psych and clinics.. Has 9 years experience.

It can be done.. depending on where in LA you choose to live. I’m from LA. Pay ranges are huge in CA. LVNs being offered 18$ an hour all the way up to 35$ + an hour. There are so many LVNs in CA that they can pick and choose people willing to accept lower pay. And keep in mind, you should get IV certified in CA once you get there, should you decide to move.

jakrob123

Specializes in LPN. Has 4 years experience.

Thank you! I get my IV certification through my school...not sure if certification is just for the state or nationally recognized. I've heard a lot about Kaiser hiring LVNs and will start the pay at the higher end of the LVN pay range. Is getting a job there as an LVN competitive?

Archerlpvn, LPN, LVN

Specializes in Home health, Addictions, Detox, Psych and clinics.. Has 9 years experience.

It can be very competitive yes, depending on the desired position of course. Kaiser, from what I hear, is harder to get into. And your IV certification from your school would have to be transferred to CA, as CA Attaches your IV cert to your nursing license. They would have to approve your schools IV cert as being at least, equivalent. Or you can just pay and take a CA approved IV/Phlebotomy course when you get to CA. Kaiser I know what’s their LVNs to have their IV/Blood withdrawal cert I believe.

jakrob123

Specializes in LPN. Has 4 years experience.

Thank you!

Nurse_Dez, CNA, LVN

Specializes in Correctional/Psych nursing.

Absolutely!

I'm born and raised in Ca. I got licensed in December 2019 and haven't had a problem finding work at all. In fact my issue was that there were too many positions I wanted. I've been working 2 jobs up until about a month ago because I now work for CDCR and with all of that overtime I grew tired. 

Work as an LVN is plentiful here.

Goodluck

jakrob123

Specializes in LPN. Has 4 years experience.

Thanks!  I was wondering what facility you started off at (hospital, SNF, LTC, clinic)? 

Sent you a pm!