New LPN, advice on landing 1st job

  1. Hey out there,

    I'm a newly licensed LPN. I took the NCLEX ON 11/29 and found out I passed with posted license number on 11/30. I would like some advice on how I can land my first LPN job. Currently I work as a PCT in an acute care hospital, i also work as a nurse extern per diem in a rehab hospital. Unfortunately neither of those places hire LPN's. I also have previous experience working in cardiac rehab (exercise physiologist) and a Health coach (for major insurance company). Any advice would be great on how I can overcome that elusive one year experience and get someone to give me a chance as a newly licensed LPN.

    Thank you!
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    About the_murse_factor, LPN

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  3. by   SaltySarcasticSally
    Apply, apply, apply! Not sure how jobs are in your area right now but the tide is turning in mine and most LTC are desperate for a warm body (kind of scary actually). So you may have your pick depending on your area's job needs. Look into other avenues than LTC such as clinics and hospice if interested in that. I work in a clinic within a large hospital network and they are desperate for LPNs as well because there are not enough MAs to hire.
  4. by   the_murse_factor
    Thank you for the reply. I applied to about 3 dozen jobs so far and this was all in one day. I have job alerts set up so as soon as a new position opens, I get an alert and apply. Good amount of LPN positions but they all want that 1 year of experience. I'm just hoping someone gives me a shot. I will continue to apply, apply, apply!
  5. by   BSNbeDONE
    Quote from the_murse_factor
    Thank you for the reply. I applied to about 3 dozen jobs so far and this was all in one day. I have job alerts set up so as soon as a new position opens, I get an alert and apply. Good amount of LPN positions but they all want that 1 year of experience. I'm just hoping someone gives me a shot. I will continue to apply, apply, apply!
    Does your resume 'highlight' your clinical experience as a student nurse? Have considered adding a letter of recommendation from one of your instructors to accompany your applications and resume? Is your resume well-written and organized? Does it include points on what your contribution as an employee would mean to the company, if hired?

    Without any previous nursing experience, you have to dress things up a bit. Be creative, but honest..

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