I live in CA and have chosen to move to Lake Charles, LA after completing LVN program

  1. I live in Ca. and really deciding to move to Lake Charles La. after I graduate LVN school; will I be able to work with my Ca. license. I would like continue to get my RN in Lake Charles. Would this be a good move. its just getting to hard in Ca. for you to make a living. I do have family in La. and would really like to buy a house in lake charle la. I really need sugestions on this.
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  3. by   lulu4545
    Oh yeah; I do have 6 years experience as an CNA so when I graduate from LVN school would that help me find a job in Lake Charles LA.
  4. by   TheCommuter
    You cannot work in Louisiana with your California LVN license. You will need to obtain a Louisiana LPN license by endorsement.

    Visit the Louisiana Board of Nursing's website or call them to find out what you need to do to obtain a Louisiana license by endorsement.

    Or, you do not need to obtain a California license if you never plan to work in CA. You can apply directly to the Louisiana Board of Nursing for an initial LPN license by examination.
  5. by   lulu4545
    Knowing the way California is would it be better in La. for me. How much would they pay; I do have 6 years as an CNA. I would want the permanent license: I know for I wont be coming back to Ca. I also would like to do the LPN to RN out there.
  6. by   TheCommuter
    I live next door to Louisiana, in Texas, so I do not know exactly how much the pay rates are in Lake Charles. It is a low cost-of-living area, so expect the pay rates to be lower.

    I was born and raised in CA and moved away almost 7 years ago after completing an LVN program. The job market is too tight there and the pay rates should be higher than they currently are.
  7. by   lulu4545
    Thank You so much, I know I really want to do this. I just have to get use to the weather down there. I was looking at homes and believe me you are not missing anything now; an one bedroom apt.can cost 1200 to 1500 for rent. Anything would be better than this. It jus my self and my van so when I decide to leave for good would it cost alot to transport my belongings and van.
  8. by   lulu4545
    OK I have a question- When I graduate from LVN school in California; then sed off resumes for jobs in Lake Charles La. I see alot of openings have "will relocate". Does this refere's to my situation; if I get hired at one of companies; will they help me relocate to their state.