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CNA to NURSE on same job, Job will not change my status

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by nursenewbe nursenewbe (Member)

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I am disappointed at present place of employment. I have been working as nurse tech for about a year. When I was hired, the DCS knew I would be taking the NCLEX soon. I took the test, passed YEA!. I took my results to the DCS and then the unimaginable happenend. The human resources and advised the DCS not to upgrade me because the patient census was low. I was then told that I can stay a CNA until the census goes up. That was cool at first, until the very next day I saw new orientees on the floor. First of all why would I even want to stay as a tech. I worked hard to become a nurse and that is what I want to do. I feel like the human resources just did not want to move up a notch because she was being a hater and jealous. I feel like the DCS should have said something like we have new orientees coming in tomorrow maybe they should stay home too. I thought maybe it was because I was a LPN instead of a RN, but then we have LPN's there and 9 months ago there was a LPN in my orientation class. So, I am still stuck on the human resource person being a hater. I feel like there is just a big lack ofjob integrity going on here. I really don't know how to handle this situation. None the less, I still need a job for the time being and I am looking for new place of employment. Any info on this suitation would be helpful.

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Lovely_RN has 6 years experience.

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I really doubt that anyone is "hating" on you. If the new orientees showed up the very next day after you told HR about your NCLEX results that means that they were interviewed and hired weeks prior to you notifying the job about your new status. I'm an LPN/new grad RN and I can't get upgraded at my job due to an abundance of RNs. I also have many former classmates working for city hospitals who are stuck in their LPN positions because of hiring freezes. Most of the nurses in my graduating class passed NCLEX in June and here we are 90 days or more later still waiting for upgrades.

If you count the time we could have worked on permit then it's been 6 months because we graduated in April '09. :no::down:

I really doubt it's personal a lot of Spring '09 new grads LPN/RN are still looking for work.

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Hi Nursenewbe, I think Bronx RN is right...I was in your same position until today. I too had started as a STNA @ a facility in hopes of joining them as an LPN once I passed boards. Well once boards were passed I remained an STNA @ STNA pay. It was very frustrating esp when the other nurses would ask me to pass a med because they just couldn't walk down that hall one more time. (A big no-no!!) I kept looking and finally found an LPN position with another facility the DON was extremely sorry to see me put in my 2 weeks but I gotta hope it worked out for the best. Guess this economy just has everything out of whack. Good luck and I hope things start to look up for you!!

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Don't dwell on calling the HR personnel "haters". It is nothing personal against you. You are taking appropriate action by looking for a new position and you don't want negative mind sets to come across in a job interview.

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mamamerlee has 35 years experience and specializes in home health, dialysis, others.

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Be very careful about your job duties. If you are working as a tech, getting paid as a tech, and your namebadge says you are a tech, the DO NOT DO ANYTHING above the scope as a tech. You will jeopardize your license, and get in a ton of trouble. Remind the people who may be tempted to "allow" you to do more advanced things that you are a tech and are not allowed by law to do those.

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If you like your job and where you work, stick it out until there is an opening for an LVN. If you don't like your job start applying for another employer. Just be very careful that you are not practicing outside of the scope for a CNA. If you are employed as a CNA then that's what guidelines you should be practicing within. You're not being paid to be an LVN and if you were to practice as an LVN and something happened the hospital would not back you in the event of a lawsuit. I will say this, don't wait too long to get moved into an LVN position. You don't want to lose the skills that you got in school.

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Exactly, I don't want to lose the skills I got in school. Right now, My mind is tripping because I have 2 tech jobs and I am tired. I am ready to have just one job. I was so hoping for this place of employment because it is 12 hours instead of eight and only takes me 14 minutes to get to work. And yes people have asked me to do things outside of my scope and trust me I refused. I have already begun the process of looking for another job because I just believe it is bull---- to make me wait for the census to go up, that could be months. Thanks for replying.

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Hi Nursenewbe, I think Bronx RN is right...I was in your same position until today. I too had started as a STNA @ a facility in hopes of joining them as an LPN once I passed boards. Well once boards were passed I remained an STNA @ STNA pay. It was very frustrating esp when the other nurses would ask me to pass a med because they just couldn't walk down that hall one more time. (A big no-no!!) I kept looking and finally found an LPN position with another facility the DON was extremely sorry to see me put in my 2 weeks but I gotta hope it worked out for the best. Guess this economy just has everything out of whack. Good luck and I hope things start to look up for you!!

When the human resource person told me that I was going to have to wait, The DON gave me a look of disappointment because she knows I wanted a LPN position so badly. I hate to give her my two weeks but somebody is going to hire me. Actually, I have two tech jobs, and the other facility that I work at wants to talk to me Monday. It may not be the job I wanted to keep, but I think it will be the one that hires me as a LPN first.

I am going to take it because having 2 CNA jobs is a back breaker. So I will keep you informed.

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Don't dwell on calling the HR personnel "haters". It is nothing personal against you. You are taking appropriate action by looking for a new position and you don't want negative mind sets to come across in a job interview.

Thanks, that is true. I am trying my best to stay positive and stay away from negativity. I really want to be fresh in any upcoming interviews. I am going to talk to the other DON at my prn job. I really wanted to keep it prn as a LPN job too, but it actually might just be full time job. And that is ok too, because 2 CNA jobs are a killer. Wish me luck. Thanks for the positive message.

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rouqie has 10 years experience and specializes in Mostly ETC, very interested in wounds.

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I deal with patient census a fair amount. Your facility, I assume is a LTC facility. Has a # of LPN, RN, and aides that it has budgeted for working per patients. If the patients arent' there their isn't any money coming into pay the salaries. My place of work has threaten to cut hours before accross the board and lay off new staff because of census being low. Because most facilities are funded by medicaid and medicare, the government controls the money we have coming in based on the number of patients. My advice to find some place that isn't having the census problems, if you can?

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While I don't think you're being hated on for the reasons Bronx RN pointed out, I think you deserve more respect than you're getting. Maybe you could start looking around for better jobs.

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I agree that nobody in HR is "hating on" you personally. The issue is that there has to be an open LPN position to move you into, and, if there isn't an open position, you're out of luck until there is. Hospitals and other healthcare employers don't just create new, permanent, full-time positions (which are expensive) because someone wants one. There has to be a verified need, and, with census low and the economy so bad for the time being, I'm sure the organization feels it can't justify creating (and paying for) a new full-time position. Lots of organizations are laying people off these days -- I doubt anyone is creating new positions unless it's a v. special situation.

Good luck with finding a good position somewhere else! Best wishes --

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