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LVN for almost 7 yrs, will be RN grad in a year, do hosp count that as experience?

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I've been working as an LVN for almost 7 years and will be attending an LVN to RN program this fall. I was wondering once I graduate the RN program, do hospitals count my LVN work experience as the "one year experience" needed when applying as a new RN grad?

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 14 years experience.

It depends on whether your LVN work experience was accrued within an acute care hospital. Many hospital systems do not count SNF/LTC, rehab, hospice, home health, private duty, or other non-acute nursing experience.

My LVN work experience has been clinic, I have no inpatient experience, other than the upcoming clinical classes I will have soon. It might be different in California, I asked my manager about this and she stated that some places will accept my LVN work as experience. Hopefully! Thanks for replying TheCommuter!

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 14 years experience.

My LVN work experience has been clinic, I have no inpatient experience, other than the upcoming clinical classes I will have soon. It might be different in California, I asked my manager about this and she stated that some places will accept my LVN work as experience. Hopefully! Thanks for replying TheCommuter!
I am originally from California. I have four years of LVN experience and four years of RN experience. Many CA hospital systems discounted my LVN experience because it was not acute care hospital experience.

I am originally from California. I have four years of LVN experience and four years of RN experience. Many CA hospital systems discounted my LVN experience because it was not acute care hospital experience.
Is this why you moved to Texas? Was it difficult for you to find a job? That's all hear from new grads, that it's so difficult to find a job, and they've had to move out of the area, esp bay area to find a job!

Well you just have to read what each hospital specifies. Most I have seen specify "acute care rn experience" so it would be a no. However, they will certainly take into account that you have LVN experience as a part of your overall application for jobs that do not require experience. Good luck!