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IS it possible to get a job as an LPN

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I am 21 years old and I currently work as a Certified Nursing Assistant in a nursing home. I have done it for a year in a half. I am wanting to go to school to be an LPN. I know many people say it is a waste of time and should go for the RN. I just think I am young and I think I should just take small steps instead going straight for the BSN. I feel like LPN would be a good start at being a nurse and get my feet wet. I know LPN salary pays decently. One thing is I hear there is not as much employment for LPNs in comparison to RNs. Would I be able to even get a job once I graduate from LPN school.

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OBigdog26 has 8 years experience as a MSN, RN, NP.

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It's a tough market out there for nurses. I know at my healthcare system, they don't hire any LPNs in the hospital setting. I know that nursing homes, doctor's offices, and rehab places still have LPNs.

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You can get a job as a LPN it's just that most places rather have a RN if possible.

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I thought I saw in bureau labor of statistics that LPN Job growth is to go up by so many percent.

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While there are not as many opportunities for LPN/LVNs as there are for RNs, in general, jobs can be found. Take a good look at the employment websites and get a feel for what is out there. Also consider that the LPN/LVN license can be a good foot in the door to an RN program, so that is a possible advantage.

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I thought I saw in bureau labor of statistics that LPN Job growth is to go up by so many percent.

Would this be the same source for statistics about our national nursing shortage...? Notoriously outdated.

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BellaRose4281 has 3 years experience.

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Yes, it is possible to get a job as an LPN/LVN. I'm a new grad and I'm going through the hiring process at a Psych Hospital. Sure, it's an hour and 15 minutes away from me, but hey, it's a job and it pays pretty decent. Jobs are out there. Sometimes you'll get lucky and one will land in your lap, or you have to apply as much as possible and literally drive out to LTCs and ask if they're hiring. The job I'm going for landed in my lap. My school's career center sent out an email saying that there was an opportunity for licensed individuals only. Since I was the first in my class to get licensed, I was the only one eligible. I got really lucky.

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TheCommuter has 14 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych.

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Would I be able to even get a job once I graduate from LPN school.
Yes, it's possible to find work as long as you are adaptable and not too rigid. You might have to take a job you don't necessarily like or relocate to a state that is offering the types of jobs you think you actually will enjoy.

The new LPN who insists that "labor & delivery nursing is my dream" might be unemployed for years if she's not willing to accept job opportunities outside the hospital in private duty, home health, nursing homes, hospice, clinics, doctors offices, group homes and jails.

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Well I thought about doing a 2 year community college for my RN but my high school GPA was not high enough to get into the program. At that time I was not 100% sure if nursing was my thing. Then I went into becoming a CNA which I do like. I work at a Long Term care facility and I like it. But I am 21 years old now and I want to go to school now. I thought LPN would be next step up from a CNA. Those programs are easier to get into. So many people say LPNs get paid crappy and there is no hospitals work. To me LPNs are nurses to and are perfectly capable working in the hospital units. I was wondering is LPN would be a good choice still.

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U should just go straight to be an RN don't worry about your gpa take bio & chemistry & get good grades it will pull your gpa

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nursefromcali has 6 years experience and specializes in Ambulatory, Corrections, SNF, LTC, Rehab.

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as long as you like to become a licensed nurse whether RN or LVN doesn't matter. You have to love your job and being a nurse in order for you to continue as a nurse. Finding a job is easy. But accepting becoming a nurse is different :)

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vintagemother specializes in Med-Surg, Psych, Geri, LTC,.

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I think you should do a market survey of your area. That's what I did before I took the plunge of going to Lvn school. I walked into several local SNFs and asked if they hired new grad LVNs and what the pay was.

In my area, I was satisfied with the responses. I looked at the debt id incur and compared that up pay (minus taxes and benefits) and became an Lvn,

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