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by Ghost of Dobby Ghost of Dobby, CNA, LPN (New Member) New Member

Ghost of Dobby has 2 years experience as a CNA, LPN.

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Hi all,

It has been many moons since I have posted here but when I did I got the answers I needed. Back then I was just accepted into nursing school and now I just received my nursing license through the state of Arizona. I am extremely thrilled to able to start working in the field but before I make any decisions I would like some advice. 

I am still a year out or maybe more depending on if I get into an LPN bridge program for an RN license. I had a plan to work that year or more as a corrections nurse since I imagine the scheduling can be very flexible and the pay is good for a new grad in my location.

Long story very short, I want to know if working as an LPN in corrections will have a negative effect on a my future RN path when applying to positions in hospital settings? 

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Hoozdo has 15 years experience as a ADN and specializes in ICU, Research, Corrections.

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Your experience as an LPN will not matter much wherever you're applying for RN in hospital settings.     

If you are talking Maricopa County, the schedule is not flexible as an LPN. You will be doing heavy-duty med passes.  

I can't speak to any other counties or jails in AZ.

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Hey there, 

I have 3 years experience as an LVN in California, and went back to school LVN-BSN bridge. I just graduated, but have been networking and asking nursing recruiters if I have any edge due to my background as an LVN. Sadly the answer is almost always no. (This is why my fellow LVNs and I joke that we are actually Low Value Nurses). 

Unless you get acute care experience in a hospital. Some community hospitals (at least in California) will hire IV certified LVNs for their Med-Surg floors, but the pay is sh*t! I know because I was looking for acute care experience. I was offered a position at a community hospital local to me on a Med-Surg tele floor, the starting pay was $18/hr. I currently work in LTC, and make $28/hr. Huge difference when you have to pay bills and support yourself through continuing your education. Hospitals and other acute care type jobs only count acute care experience. I think that the corrections will probably be overlooked, and not counted as an acute care experience. But if the pay is good and hours are flexible, it may be worth it if you really just need to survive through the rest of nursing school. 

So, basically try to find a job in acute care, like Med-Surg, or even Home Health shift care with pts. on vents or trachs, so that employers will "count" your LVN experience, and sadly in my experience, those jobs usually pay the least. Good Luck, I hope this helps you in some way. 

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Ghost of Dobby has 2 years experience as a CNA, LPN.

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On 7/6/2019 at 8:08 AM, VN-BSNladder said:

Hey there, 

I have 3 years experience as an LVN in California, and went back to school LVN-BSN bridge. I just graduated, but have been networking and asking nursing recruiters if I have any edge due to my background as an LVN. Sadly the answer is almost always no. (This is why my fellow LVNs and I joke that we are actually Low Value Nurses). 

Unless you get acute care experience in a hospital. Some community hospitals (at least in California) will hire IV certified LVNs for their Med-Surg floors, but the pay is sh*t! I know because I was looking for acute care experience. I was offered a position at a community hospital local to me on a Med-Surg tele floor, the starting pay was $18/hr. I currently work in LTC, and make $28/hr. Huge difference when you have to pay bills and support yourself through continuing your education. Hospitals and other acute care type jobs only count acute care experience. I think that the corrections will probably be overlooked, and not counted as an acute care experience. But if the pay is good and hours are flexible, it may be worth it if you really just need to survive through the rest of nursing school. 

So, basically try to find a job in acute care, like Med-Surg, or even Home Health shift care with pts. on vents or trachs, so that employers will "count" your LVN experience, and sadly in my experience, those jobs usually pay the least. Good Luck, I hope this helps you in some way. 

Hey bud, 

Thank you for the insight I really appreciate it. My family thinks it will be a waste of time to work in correction because I'll only be doing pill pass but I am certain that lpn experience doesnt count for anything at all once I finish my ADN. I just wanted to make sure I was correct In my thinking that working as an Lpn in general isn't going to give me any sort of a leg up. I am currently a tech on an ICU and we are like a huge family, I fear that leaving jeopardizes my chance to be hired one grad there. But the money is just unbeatable. 

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Orca has 24 years experience as a ADN, ASN, RN and specializes in Corrections, psychiatry, rehab, LTC.

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Our LPNs don't work nights (apart from one who specifically requested it). Their duties consist mainly of pill pass.

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