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Just passed the boards for LVN, wants information which hospitals in Southern Cali.

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Hi, I'm a new grad and just recently passed:balloons: my nursing boards rite here in CAlifornia.. anyone in here know...which hospitals in southern california...specifically in Los Angeles & Orange county...have a good working environment and pays decent for a new grad. I've heard some hospitals starts with $12 even $10 and some I heard as high as $18/hr... should I go tru agency or straight to the hospital?! What can expect in interviews?! I'm still undecided wat unit I want to specialize in, I've always wanted to work in Pediatrics... but the same time would like to work in adult med-surg where I can really practice my skills and really learn.. but the work load is I think too heavy for to start off with this new career... Any suggestions would be great...I appreciate it...thanks!:)

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Congratulatioms!

My advice is to get experience before working agency/registry.

If I were new now and wanted pediatrics i would find a hospital with a training program and orientation for peds. I hear there is a special need for peds nurses here in Southern California.

Welcome!

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Congrats on your achievement!

What population do you want to work for specifically. I work in the field of geriatrics and absolutely love it. There are some really great opportunities at Skilled Nursing Facilities and Assisted Living Communities. If you are interested in a position where you are a charge nurse and you have managerial responsibilties as well as clinical responsibilites that is the position for you. I have a friend who just got a position at Silverado Senior Living. She works with individuals with dementia. She thinks it is a wonderful company to work for. You may want to start there. I think she is making $20 an hour.

Good Luck in your job search and remember the hospitals that are offering the highest referral bonuses have to do so for a reason. You may want to think twice and make sure the money is really worth it.

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Thanks 4 all your responses..really appreciated it!:) I thought once I passed my boards it would be easy to get the jobs because of the shortage.. But I just realized there's soo many things that I need to consider... I'm still at the stage where I'm still inquiring at nearby hospitals, looking into new grad program with the whole orientation program..

I'm a new grad and I just want info's :confused: that could help me decide where to work, and wat to look at for.. Alot of my friends are doing home health and SNF since they're charge nurses... only one of them is working at E.R. at Kaiser...

But I when I did my clinicals during my school days, Peds unit was the one that I felt really comfortable in, although I've already looked up their requirements and all need several years of experience which I completely understand.. But my question is...where should I start my skills to get into the PEDS .....or should I go straight into adult med-surg...??

Hopefully in the next few weeks I'll be able to get a step closer to entering the job force...again thanks for everyone that replies

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Thanks 4 all your responses..really appreciated it!:) I thought once I passed my boards it would be easy to get the jobs because of the shortage.. But I just realized there's soo many things that I need to consider... I'm still at the stage where I'm still inquiring at nearby hospitals, looking into new grad program with the whole orientation program..

I'm a new grad and I just want info's :confused: that could help me decide where to work, and wat to look at for.. Alot of my friends are doing home health and SNF since they're charge nurses... only one of them is working at E.R. at Kaiser...

But I when I did my clinicals during my school days, Peds unit was the one that I felt really comfortable in, although I've already looked up their requirements and all need several years of experience which I completely understand.. But my question is...where should I start my skills to get into the PEDS .....or should I go straight into adult med-surg...??

Hopefully in the next few weeks I'll be able to get a step closer to entering the job force...again thanks for everyone that replies

When I was a new grad the only position I was offered was in peds so I would think that might be easy to get into. If you can handle working with peds do it. The hospital I really wanted to work wanted me to start as a CNA then upgrade to an LVN after 3 months but my CNA skills suck so I turned it down.

That was Good Samaritan Hospital which in my opinon is the best place to have a job. They are employee friendly, they are always coming up with new positions for employees, have a sattlelite pharmacy on every floor, a huge fully equiped gym for employees and even a day care center for employees children and a top notch cafeteria.

You may want to try there too. Good luck there are so many things to do and when you become an RN the world is your oyster. Make sure you get IV certified it looks good on the resume and your license. My entire class was certified there and we didn't just pratice on a dummy arm we stuck eachother.

Peace,Love, and Harmony

Philo

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