In Need Of Job HELP!!


I have been an lvn in southern california for over an year now and still have no luck in finding a job. I took classes to be certified in iv/blood withdrawal thinking i would have a better chance in landing a job but it hasnt helped at all. Im in desperate need of a job. Ne suggestions or know any places that will hire me?????


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Correctional facilities, home health agencies (there seems to be a TON of these around my area) area doctor offices and psych nursing. I just sent out my resume cold to about 50 doctor offices and only got two calls back BUT I didn't have your great skill set!

Good luck!


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If you're willing to relocate...look up Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo, Texas...

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

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Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 17 years experience.

It is very, very difficult to get hired as an LVN in southern California, and the reasons are multifaceted...

1. Southern California has more than one hundred LVN programs. The vast majority of these are for-profit trade schools that accept new students all the time and churn too many new nurses into the local employment market when there are few, if any, jobs for new grads. Too many LVNs are being produced in a job market that cannot possibly absorb them all.

2. Since southern CA is home to several higher cost-of-living metro areas, displaced workers enroll in the for-profit nursing programs because they assume that an LVN license is an automatic ticket to a guaranteed job, good income, and enough cash to maintain their standards of living. People in southern CA been enrolling in these programs because they actually believe there's a nursing shortage.

3. The economy is still dismal. We see less patients during rough economies because there's more unemployed people than ever. Unemployed people are unlikely to have health insurance. People without health insurance are unlikely to visit the doctor, go to a hospital, or schedule an elective surgery unless it is an absolute emergency. If less patients are seeking healthcare, then healthcare facilities can operate with less nurses.

4. Healthcare facilities are running a tight budget with what they already have. The people who oversee hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, clinics, etc., would rather work their current employees to the bone (and sometimes overwork them) than hire new grads who cost valuable time and a plenitude of money to train.

5. Many facilities would rather hire experienced nurses. The truth is that an experienced nurse can be up and running with minimal orientation, whereas the new grad needs time to get trained, costs money to train, and often quits before the facility can recoup any return on their human investment. This is why you see requests for nurses with at least 1 year of experience.

I would try private duty, home health, hospice, and companion/sitter-type positions. Even the vast majority of the nursing homes and SNFs in southern CA are strict about the minimum 1-year of experience.

Specializes in Hospice / Ambulatory Clinic. Has 3 years experience.

You just have to hit the pavements. when I got my license in my hot little hand I would work out a route hit 4-5 places and apply before lunch regardless of whether they were advertising or not. Then I would come home for lunch fill in my little excel spreadsheet and work out the route for the next day. This resulted in a job after about 3 weeks ( with fridays off for sanity )

Getting a nursing job is about as hard as nursing itself is.