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I cannot find a job as a LPN in California..Very sad :(

Bala Shark Bala Shark (Member)

:( No one called me for an interview or called me at all..I dont think they hire new grads anymore..I applied everywhere where they had any opening for a LPN..I am depressed and thinking that no one will call even for an interview..:( :( :(

Trying calling them back. Thats what I did. I even emailed a few places.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych.

Your school doesn't offer job placement assistance? How many job applications have you completed? How many resumes have you mailed or faxed? Have you shown up to facilities in person and applied within?

I completed a California LVN program one year ago and received many job offers.

That is crazy! what part of cali are you in?

It's TRUE!! They are looking for LVN's with at least 6 months experience! It sucks but i'm sure there are places out there that are really looking for people. Just keep trying.....at least thats what im doing. I applied in person and online....someone is bound to call back, right?!?!?

Miss SubQ :)

pagandeva2000, LPN

Specializes in Community Health, Med-Surg, Home Health.

:( No one called me for an interview or called me at all..I dont think they hire new grads anymore..I applied everywhere where they had any opening for a LPN..I am depressed and thinking that no one will call even for an interview..:( :( :(

I am sorry to hear that. I have been reading your progress from student to passing the boards. Have you tried agencies?

It is true, most hospitals in Southern California do not hire LVN's and the registries want you to have at least 6 mo. to 1 yr. experience. But, the convalescent homes hire new LVN's and the turnover is huge. I found a home health agency that hires new grads. But this is Los Angeles County. Bala Shark, where are you? Lets talk, think I can help. I too felt desperate.

GR8LVN

I am really shocked. Have your tried nursing homes? LPN's here (pa) in my region have employees calling them left and right..ESP IF YOUR A NEW GRAD.

Oh, thank you for the support...I got a phone interview from an outpatient/inpatient clinic.. And the person did not seem to want to hire me or see me in person..:(But at least I got the call..I guess I have to keep on trying.:(

Very discouraing being unemployed..I did try nursing homes and I just got a email reply that, they will file my application :( "ouch"

Maybe you should consider moving to Connecticut :-). There are plenty of jobs. My friend graduated last June already on her second jobs because so many to choose from.

I thought cali was the place to be when you are a nurse. I guess not.

wooosp

Specializes in Med/Surg.

I was in your same shoes a few months ago, and believe me I know how you feel.

I had such a hard time finding someone that will hire me as a new grad with no medical experience. I think that finding a job is a full time job in itself. You have to be driving around and constantly be calling and following up on your application.

My problem was that I was too picky. I had to swallow that up and tackle my biggest obstacle, which was getting some experience under my belt. I settled for a job at a snf that was in desperate need of nurses.

Just hang in there.

I too am having the same trouble .. I live in a small town where there is a hospital but they wanted me to work nights.. well I am married and have 2 children so that was out of the question.. There are clinics here but everyone holds on to their job because they don't want to drive 40 miles to go to work. SO,, as a new grad I am going to take a position that requires me to drive 40 miles ONE WAY.. every day to go to work. It is at a Urology clinic. Is there anyone else out there that travels a long distance just to get to work? And how does it affect your family life? I will be off all weekends and holidays and it is M-F 8-5. I am still iffy about the drive. Does anyone have any advice for me? TIA

VivaLasViejas, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC, assisted living, med-surg, psych.

I've always had better success with actually going to facilities I was interested in working in, rather than calling them on the phone. It's very easy for a bored/frustrated/busy/overwhelmed receptionist to say "No" when you ask about job openings, just to get you off the phone so she can go do something else. It's much more difficult to ignore someone who walks in the front door, dressed and groomed for business, and asks to speak to the person in charge of hiring.;)

Just a thought.........

This can't be in any of the big cities of California. I understand that demand there is high.

Do you live in a rural part of California?

pagandeva2000, LPN

Specializes in Community Health, Med-Surg, Home Health.

I too am having the same trouble .. I live in a small town where there is a hospital but they wanted me to work nights.. well I am married and have 2 children so that was out of the question.. There are clinics here but everyone holds on to their job because they don't want to drive 40 miles to go to work. SO,, as a new grad I am going to take a position that requires me to drive 40 miles ONE WAY.. every day to go to work. It is at a Urology clinic. Is there anyone else out there that travels a long distance just to get to work? And how does it affect your family life? I will be off all weekends and holidays and it is M-F 8-5. I am still iffy about the drive. Does anyone have any advice for me? TIA

How long is the drive? How much gas are you spending per week? How old are the children? Do you have family to assist with the children until you arrive home? If it is within reason, then, I would consider it, simply because you need a bit of experience under your belt in order to be competitive. I don't mean to shoot so many questions at you...just trying to think if this is worth your time. In order to have mobility, it is best to say you had some nursing experience...as long as the safety and well being of your children are not compromised.

I thought cali was the place to be when you are a nurse. I guess not.

There's a big difference between RN versus LVN job opportunities in Cali.

Many hospitals have decided to phase out LVN's and the job opportunities aren't as good.

But, if you're an RN in Cali ... the opportunities are endless.

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How long is the drive? How much gas are you spending per week? How old are the children? Do you have family to assist with the children until you arrive home? If it is within reason, then, I would consider it, simply because you need a bit of experience under your belt in order to be competitive. I don't mean to shoot so many questions at you...just trying to think if this is worth your time. In order to have mobility, it is best to say you had some nursing experience...as long as the safety and well being of your children are not compromised.

The drive is about 40 miles one way.. the gas would be about $60.00 a week because I have a SUV. My children are 9 & 2 1/2 and my inlaws would be watching them while I would be at work. They watched them while I went to school. Another reason I am considering the job is because they are going to cross train me in doing ultrasounds and xray (KUB's only). I would have additional schooling which they would pay for. I think this would be a great oppurtunity and would look great on a resume.. I was just wondering what all the other new graduates were doing and if they were in the same boat as I am.

BigB

Specializes in Knuckle Dragging Nurse aka MTA.

THe california Department of Corrections is hiring LVN's. PAy is $3,350 -$4,115 State benefits , retirment, etc etc. YEs, you will be working in a prison, but its not as bad as one would imagine.

Nursing registries pay lvn's up to $32.00/ hr. see http://www.nmrhealthpros.com/jobsearch.cfm?ACTSearch=true&SPECIALTYID=360&submit=Search

The department of mental health is paying lvn's $4070 to $5661 a month. http://www.dmh.ca.gov search for medical technical assistant.

I had an interview today at a SNF..No luck :( Maybe i should apply at McDonalds :( :( :(:(I can work any hours too..:( night shift, morning, graveyard..:(

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