How did you obtain your 1st LPN position?

  1. Just wondering how you got your first job. Was it a job fair,recruiter came to the school,word of mouth. How did it work out for you? I'm having a hard time getting recruiters to call back. It's like once you leave a message that your an LPN and it's not a LTC facility no one wants to respond back. I really want to move back home (NYC) but apparently it is top secret information there what they are paying LPNs at the hospitals. Any help you can give would greatly be appreciated.
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  3. by   Blackbird
    I simply walked in the door.
    I located some facilities near me, called the facility, spoke to the Director, they asked me to come in for an interview, presented my (non-medical oriented!) resume, talked myself up, promoted what I could offer the facility, was hired and here I am. The pay rate is crap but that's to be expected. As long as I can pay my bills with it, I'm fine.
  4. by   FocusRN
    Quote from szccdw
    Just wondering how you got your first job. Was it a job fair,recruiter came to the school,word of mouth. How did it work out for you? I'm having a hard time getting recruiters to call back. It's like once you leave a message that your an LPN and it's not a LTC facility no one wants to respond back. I really want to move back home (NYC) but apparently it is top secret information there what they are paying LPNs at the hospitals. Any help you can give would greatly be appreciated.
    I am not an LPN yet, but you may want to check www.salary.com, they usually have very accurate payrates. You can use their service for free, but the more detail you go into the more accurate the payrate you get, so since you are really starting your career you may want to used their paid service.
  5. by   nursygirls
    When I was graduating from nursing school (in NY-Westchester) our Dean had some DON's and recruiters come to the school. She also wrote out the names and address/contact information of ALL of the hospitals, care agencies, LTC facilities etc for us. I took a job with the VA in the Bronx. After being hit by a VET, I left and took a job in Tarrytown. The VA hired us from school. At Phelps Memorial, I called the nurse manager of the unit where I did my clinical because a friend of mine wasn't going to be able to take the position offered. The nurse manager offered me the interview and then offered me the job. I was there for 2 years before I moved on. I hope this helps. Good luck!!
    Quote from szccdw
    Just wondering how you got your first job. Was it a job fair,recruiter came to the school,word of mouth. How did it work out for you? I'm having a hard time getting recruiters to call back. It's like once you leave a message that your an LPN and it's not a LTC facility no one wants to respond back. I really want to move back home (NYC) but apparently it is top secret information there what they are paying LPNs at the hospitals. Any help you can give would greatly be appreciated.
  6. by   HollyUTM
    I recently took moved to Nashville, and without experience no one was calling me back either. I got discouraged, then again, I am relatively impatient and hate to not be working so what only took about one - one and a half weeks to find a job felt like an eternity. In any case, I put in applications online and no one ever called me about those. So, I finally just went in to their human resources dept. I put in applications AGAIN. Then, I would just call and call until someone talked to me. I realized they are busy, but I could be taking a position off their hands if they'd give me the time of day. In any case, I got fed up with leaving msgs and never getting a return call, and so I would just call and call until they were finally in their office and answered. When I did finally get to talk to someone, they scheduled me an interview for the very next day; I got offered a job the day of my interview, and things are going fine. Just be persistent. Again, it only took me about a week and a half, but when you're unemployed it seemed like forever. My advice, be persistent, put in applications EVERYWHERE, and follow up on them, make sure they got into the right person's hands, and if you're having problems with people calling you back, I'd go into the office if you had the time, just to say I filled out an application and never heard anything back, I was just curious as to if anyone had had a chance to look at it or if I could schedule a time to talk with someone, etc. I wish you the best, don't get discouraged, soon they'll all be calling, and you'll be back here asking what job to take!

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