Is it as hard for Lpn's too?


I am a Cna, but am about to start an Lpn program and I was wondering if it is as hard for an Lpn to find a job as it is for an Rn?(specifically in NY state) I have no problem working in a nursing home or Md office, I am just afraid I will have spent almost a year in school and no job. I know there are alot of Rn programs and a lot less Lpn programs and was wondering if that might help, if it is just as hard to find an Lpn job as it is to find an Rn job than I will probably just go straight for my PT degree and not bother with getting my Lpn and try to look for more steady work as a Cna.

Specializes in 10.

I think it depends on where you are located in NY. Some LPNS have been hird right out of school in my area,others have not. I think it is tough all around. Don't get discouraged! Best of luck in your studies

Specializes in LTC. Has 6 years experience.

Was not hard for me. I found a job 2 weeks post taking boards. Actually had three offers at once!

Good luck with your search.


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Specializes in geriatrics, IV, Nurse management. Has 7 years experience.

Depends on where you live, but I believe you'll have no problem finding work:) Happy hunting!:)

Specializes in Geriatrics.

As an LPN, I beg to differ. You are very limited as to where you can work, in Massachusetts (where I live) LTC's are hiring more RN's therefore less jobs for us. I know of many LPN's who passed NCLEX and 6 months to a year later are working as CNA's because they can't find jobs as LPNs.


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Specializes in Peds Medical Floor. Has 12 years experience.

I live in NY and don't know any LPNs who are having trouble finding jobs. My LTC is always looking for at least a PT LPN.

Thanks everyone for responding and for the positiveness, I decided to go ahead with the Lpn program and hope for the best. I plan to get a cheap car afterwards so I can expand my job search to place further north like Albany or anywhere else.

Karl Farmer

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Specializes in LTC, MDS, plasmapheresis. Has 25 years experience.

In AZ things are bad- one LTC place fired all LPNs, replaced them all with starving new grad RNs at $22/hour. (My last LPN job paid $26/hour- so they are saving big bucks, and don't need to deal with the weird LPN IV rules in AZ, so I suspect that will start a trend when other places find out). And, my former SIL is an upstate LPN working in a pediatric office, making a whopping $11 (ELEVEN) an hour. Not looking good.


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I always encourage people who are interested in nursing to start out as a LPN. I did not do that, but if I had it to do over, I would've. I 100% also encourage LPNs to further their education later on by transitioning to RN, but that's my personal opinion. I think you're smart to go the LPN route as it only takes 1 year and IF you don't find a job you "only" spent one year vs. the 4 years so many unemployed RNs have invested. On the flip side, my hospital is no longer hiring LPN's. There are only a handful of LPNs working there and they are being encouraged to continue their education. So, I guess it also depends on your ultimate goal (do you want to work in a hospital?) and your financial goals bc RNs make more money in general and have more opportunities.

Karl Farmer

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Specializes in LTC, MDS, plasmapheresis. Has 25 years experience.

Nice ideal but the cost of education is skyrocketing, while pay even for nurses is doing the opposite, and just as FAST~

NamasteNurse, BSN, RN

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Specializes in Pediatrics, Geriatrics, LTC. Has 8 years experience.

No problems in my area of NY. Just so you know, the closer to Albany you get the less pay. The big money is the further south you go towards NYC

Karl Farmer

308 Posts

Specializes in LTC, MDS, plasmapheresis. Has 25 years experience.

And does that money escalate to the rise of cost of living near the city? Hmm..