Kaiser Per Diem LVN

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by Hopefuldogmom Hopefuldogmom, LVN Member Nurse

Specializes in 4. Has 7 years experience.

Hello...I just quit my full time, benefited, permanent position at a major hospital for a per diem position at Kaiser. Why? Simply because I have my science classes left to complete for my LVN to RN pre-req's and I was running into time conflicts with my full time hospital job. I was fortunate as an LVN to gain awesome experience in Outpatient Surgery but after putting off school for 20 some odd years, I refuse to do so any longer. I have been focused for the last 3 years in school and now that I am so close to finishing my pre-req's, I was forced to choose between work and school. I quit my job when I accepted a per diem position for Kaiser (Family Practice Clinic). I am so scared to make the change but I know it is what I need to do for my future. If there are any Kaiser per diem LVN's out there who can please provide any insight, as to what your duties may be and if you can provide any advice, I would be greatly appreciative.

I know some ask how did I do it? I simply applied to every LVN hospital position I found and before I knew it, I was receiving emails and calls for interviews. Bottom line is to never give up on what you desire, as we are all responsible for our own success.

Thank you kindly

vintagemother

vintagemother, BSN, CNA, LVN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care, Med-Surg, Psych, Geri, LTC, Tele,. 2,714 Posts

May I ask how many years of experience you had as an LVN?

Oh and congratulations on the new job!!

As far as your question, I don't work for kaiser. I have friends who do, though.

Hopefuldogmom

Hopefuldogmom, LVN

Specializes in 4. Has 7 years experience. 369 Posts

Hello....I have 5 yrs of experience as an LVN and over 20 yrs experience in the healthcare field (medical receptionist, transcriber, biller, non certified med assistant, historian, insurance claims). I am IV Certified but won't be doing any IV's more than likely at Kaiser. Thank you very much!! This is my 1st week and I can honestly say, that I finally feel at home. I am finally working for an employer that makes me feel appreciated and I believe, I will love it. I have many friends working for Kaiser and no, they did not help me get in. I didn't even include any of them on my resume. I did this all on my own and working in Family Practice, the LVN's do a lot but I am totally ok with it. I want to work and I love being active.

vintagemother

vintagemother, BSN, CNA, LVN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care, Med-Surg, Psych, Geri, LTC, Tele,. 2,714 Posts

I can't provide advise, as I don't work for kaiser. However, from what I know, they have a wonderful Union and great pay! I wish you much success as you pursue your goals!

Congratulations again!

Hopefuldogmom

Hopefuldogmom, LVN

Specializes in 4. Has 7 years experience. 369 Posts

It's ok but I appreciate your words. Yes, the union is great!! We have already met with the union and they are great. They just recommend to not be on your cell while at work, regardless of on break or lunch and never call off. Even though we are per diem we are advised to not call off or ever come in late. We are on a 90 day probation and we need to be smart about it. I am planning on making this my life long employer, so I need to keep it as such. Thank you so much and I wish you the best as well!!

cori_, LVN

Specializes in acute care, case management. Has 8 years experience. 44 Posts

Hi. I am also an LVN, and I work per-diem @ KP. Of course, per diem/on-call staff is non-benefited. The key w/ Kaiser is that you can move around once you have a year under your belt, you can really explore various areas. The clinics are a nice way to start. Get like a good 6 months in, there's always a ton of openings year round. I know school is your priority, as it should be. It would be best if you go part-time, you can get benefits, and Union (they help pay for school). Otherwise, you are stuck on your own dealing with your own finances. I hope that helps a little. Good luck!

Hopefuldogmom

Hopefuldogmom, LVN

Specializes in 4. Has 7 years experience. 369 Posts

Thank you Cori...I appreciate all of your advice. So far my clinic is working around my school schedule and I don't resume school till 2/8. I feel very lucky and fortunate to be where I am today. I feel like my clinic is working with me, as they are thinking long term....like if they work with me getting my RN, then I will be inclined to stay when I do get my RN. Who knows but I do know that I am lucky and I will use this experience to the best of my ability.

cori_, LVN

Specializes in acute care, case management. Has 8 years experience. 44 Posts

Definitely! You're in a good place. No matter how long it takes, no matter what your age is, know that you can always continue! And don't let go of your passion to be a nurse. :)

Hopefuldogmom

Hopefuldogmom, LVN

Specializes in 4. Has 7 years experience. 369 Posts

Well, I don't look my age so that's a plus....LOL I totally agree with you!!! I waited so long to follow this dream of mine, that I am very focused. I hope to always keep my focus and who knows what I will do when I am done with school....hahaha

rayshettabrown

rayshettabrown

Specializes in clinical setting,MS,ER,Short Stay. 45 Posts

Im a LPN at Kaiser here in Oncology Baltimore,Maryland. Kaiser is a great place to work for..Management has put LPNs thru a lot of downsizing because we have CAs(Clinic Assistant) they can do some things that LPNs can do. Its probaby cheaper.Our union is fighting to keep LPNs around at this point. The CAs got a 4 week course at Kaiser and that makes them competent to be compared to a LPN...

Hopefuldogmom

Hopefuldogmom, LVN

Specializes in 4. Has 7 years experience. 369 Posts

Thank you all so kindly for your words of advice. I really appreciate it!!!

M A

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On 12/30/2015 at 10:57 AM, Hopefuldogmom said:

Hello...I just quit my full time, benefited, permanent position at a major hospital for a per diem position at Kaiser. Why? Simply because I have my science classes left to complete for my LVN to RN pre-req's and I was running into time conflicts with my full time hospital job. I was fortunate as an LVN to gain awesome experience in Outpatient Surgery but after putting off school for 20 some odd years, I refuse to do so any longer. I have been focused for the last 3 years in school and now that I am so close to finishing my pre-req's, I was forced to choose between work and school. I quit my job when I accepted a per diem position for Kaiser (Family Practice Clinic). I am so scared to make the change but I know it is what I need to do for my future. If there are any Kaiser per diem LVN's out there who can please provide any insight, as to what your duties may be and if you can provide any advice, I would be greatly appreciative.

I know some ask how did I do it? I simply applied to every LVN hospital position I found and before I knew it, I was receiving emails and calls for interviews. Bottom line is to never give up on what you desire, as we are all responsible for our own success.

Thank you kindly

How was the application process like at Kaiser? Did you have to take a pre-assessment? I'm an RN trying to get per diem clinic job.

Edited by M A