Published Feb 10, 2014
Thinking of moving I was told LVN employment in CA is high? I have 6 months experience in LTC between our SNF and our rehab unit. Idc where I would work. Thinking of San Francisco area. Any ideas?!
Pangea Reunited, ASN, RN
It's an extremely tight market with a very high cost of living. I wouldn't move there without a firm job offer and/or someone already set up there who is willing to fully support you, financially.
And I'm not sure how it is in Kentucky, but LVNs have a pretty restrictive scope of practice in California. That may also be something to consider if you're used to working more independently.
I have family down there who I can stay with until I do find something. Are they wanting 1 year + experience in California? I do something's pretty independently j-tube wise and IV wise.
how well do you know these family members
i'm saying this, because we moved to another state
to be with family and were supposed to live with fam
until we got established, however, our hosts had different
housekeeping standards so we had to get an appartment
we struggled for two years
We live in Southern Cali but according to my mom, most hospitals are phasing LVNs out. She challenged the board to become an LVN about 7 years ago but a few years ago, her hospital stopped using LVNs so she does CNA work now. Good luck!
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It would be with my mom so luckily I'm not concerned about that.
So California is becoming a mainly RN state?
LVNs in California cannot give IV medication which makes them difficult to utilize in an acute care setting. RNs are abundant and competing for SNF jobs that have traditionally gone to LVNs. Six months of experience is almost in the "new grad" range and would not be considered competitive. If you're OK living off your family and really want to move, give it a try ...just be realistic about your expectations.
I'm in southern California ...and as an RN with an associate's and two years of experience, I didn't have many options, but I did find a job I love. San Fransico is at least as bad for finding work- maybe worse.
TheCommuter, BSN, RN
RNs are abundant and competing for SNF jobs that have traditionally gone to LVNs.
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