New LPN grad/job question

  1. Hi everyone!

    Been poking around on this site while in school and found your shared experiences both eye opening and helpful. As a new LPN grad (ceremony this Friday night!) I've got a query regarding employment.

    As you can see by my login, I want to be a hospice nurse, this is why I attended school and knowing that got my through my darkest school days.

    I've put in 4 job apps at hospitals and one at a hospice house. The only reply I've received is from the hospice house. I've gone on two interviews and am shadowing on Wed. I want this job, but I'm afraid after reading some posts that I won't utilize the skills it took me so long to learn in school. The director assures me that anything I've learned I'll apply, but honestly, do you think I should do a year somewhere else? Don't know where that somewhere else would be right now since NOBODY is answering me.

    Thanks for your help all. You rock!
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  3. by   LPN1974
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    Hi everyone!

    Been poking around on this site while in school and found your shared experiences both eye opening and helpful. As a new LPN grad (ceremony this Friday night!) I've got a query regarding employment.

    As you can see by my login, I want to be a hospice nurse, this is why I attended school and knowing that got my through my darkest school days.

    I've put in 4 job apps at hospitals and one at a hospice house. The only reply I've received is from the hospice house. I've gone on two interviews and am shadowing on Wed. I want this job, but I'm afraid after reading some posts that I won't utilize the skills it took me so long to learn in school. The director assures me that anything I've learned I'll apply, but honestly, do you think I should do a year somewhere else? Don't know where that somewhere else would be right now since NOBODY is answering me.

    Thanks for your help all. You rock!

    I'll give you my answer.
    Personally, yes, I think you should do a year somewhere else before taking a hospice job.
    I have been on the same job for 25 years, in MR/DDS and believe me, you do lose skills if you don't use them. It's also hard to keep up with advancements made in our field. But it can be done. We have 2 nurses on my job....one was a school nurse for about 15 yrs, and the other went to work for a dr. right out of school, for about 8 yrs, I think, now they work where I do. It was hard, and they had alot of adjustments to make, but they both pulled thru.

    I went to work in LTC on a part time job for awhile, and I had to get other nurses to help with me with IV pumps/IV care.
    When I went to school in 1973, they didn't teach us things then that they teach today. I never had any IV training, for example.

    After I got out of school, and got my license, I went to work in a hospital for a year, and that experience did me well for as long as it did, but alot of things I encountered then are even outdated now. Heck it's been so long ago, I can't even remember much from that time.

    Maybe you could do a year of med/surg, then go hospice, and then maybe do a day or two now and then in the hospital, or a LTC just to keep up with things. There are all kinds of possibilities.
    One thing I did many years ago, I worked for a nurses registry for awhile and I loved it. I got to go to different places, and the pay was almost double, at that time, what I could get in a LTC.

    Hope that helps some.


    Hey, read flamingochic's post.....she was a hospice nurse for a long time, so she might have some things to say you might be interested in.
    Last edit by LPN1974 on Apr 4, '05
  4. by   txspadequeenRN
    One of the things I regret was not doing a year in med-surg after graduating LVN school. I just could not live off of the salary they were offering. So I went to LTC and lost alot of skills. I do hospice and alzheimers care now and in the 4 years I have worked here I can count on one hand how many IV's I have started. If I were you I would get a good med-surg base then move into a hospice. You are not going to use the majority of the IV or Chest tube skills, but it will prepare you mentally. Dealing with people is a big part of hospice these are valuable skills you gain while working with the hospital patients. It will also futher your knowledge in the disease processes. Good luck to you in whatever you decide.
  5. by   hospice LPN to be
    I understand and feel the same way too. It was drummed into my head in school that a year on a med/surg floor is how my career should begin, but no one is hiring in hospitals here! I thought I would take this job and perhaps go part time in a year to work in a hospital, if they're hiring then.

    Thoughts?
  6. by   LPN1974
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    I understand and feel the same way too. It was drummed into my head in school that a year on a med/surg floor is how my career should begin, but no one is hiring in hospitals here! I thought I would take this job and perhaps go part time in a year to work in a hospital, if they're hiring then.

    Thoughts?
    Well, you may be in a state where they don't utilize LPNs in hospitals.
    They do where I live, so I've been told. But if they aren't hiring where you live, there's not much you can do.
    LTCs are getting to be quite acute, but the work can be so overwhelming at times.
    I worked in a LTC for about 2 years part time in addition to my regular job and it was very hard. I didn't have alot of support there, and I had to let it go.
    Usually they have one nurse to around an average of 30 to 50 people, I've seen some nurses say maybe more than that.
    If Hospice is truly where you want to be, then maybe you don't need to look anywhere else.
    How long til you graduate?
  7. by   hospice LPN to be
    Quote from LPN1974
    Well, you may be in a state where they don't utilize LPNs in hospitals.
    They do where I live, so I've been told. But if they aren't hiring where you live, there's not much you can do.
    LTCs are getting to be quite acute, but the work can be so overwhelming at times.
    I worked in a LTC for about 2 years part time in addition to my regular job and it was very hard. I didn't have alot of support there, and I had to let it go.
    Usually they have one nurse to around an average of 30 to 50 people, I've seen some nurses say maybe more than that.
    If Hospice is truly where you want to be, then maybe you don't need to look anywhere else.
    How long til you graduate?
    I took my last final 2 weeks ago and my graduation ceremony is this Friday night! :hatparty: WOO HOO! Just 'rassling with the State Board at this point and awaiting my secret code to take the NCLEX. Feeling good about it all and so glad to be able to look back at a hard job well done.

    I knew going into school that I didn't want to do anything but hospice, but I'm going to consider going PRN or part time at a hospital when and if an opening comes up. Most hospitals in my area do utilize LPN's, so it's just a matter of waiting I guess. Thanks for the help all!
  8. by   crystalclear
    I am in a similar situation:
    I graduate in July 05, I really want to work in a hospital setting but I cannot afford to. Most hospitals in the area pay new grad LPN's $9.06 to $10.65 per hour. I am presently a CNA and previously had to go PRN on my present job that paid $11.03 during the week and $12.03 on the weekends. I was struggling with that pay so how could I possibly live off 9 or 10 bucks and hour being a single parent in all. I feel that I am forced to go a LTC facility and possibly loss my skills. So what's a girl to do????

    Oh! where I'm from at LTC facilities' LPNs(new grads fresh out) earn any where from $15 to $17.50 per hour depends on the facitility.
    Last edit by crystalclear on Apr 5, '05
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