Is it really hard to find a job as LPN in WA? - page 2

hi we're just hoping to move some where in Washington state... Not just Seattle. We are terrified that we may not find a job anywhere as a LPN there. My dad is a newly grad LPN but he does do... Read More

  1. by   kids
    It's not as simple as entering someone in the system.
    As far as I know you might, at best, get a letter in the mail telling you the application has been processed and you have been entered in the online verification system.
    Washington does issue a temporary license under a single, specific condition. The website doesn't spell it out but there is no guarantee of getting one.

    Paperless licensing:
    http://www.doh.wa.gov/hsqa/Professio...perlessLic.htm

    Application status:
    http://www.doh.wa.gov/hsqa/hpqa/AppStatus.htm

    Temp licenses:
    http://www.doh.wa.gov/hsqa/Professio...mpPracPerm.htm


    Oh, and I just saw this:
    Quote from DaFreak71
    I just moved to Washington in November (Vancouver) and I've had a heck of a time finding a job.
    *snipped*
    Vancouver WA is 15 minutes North of Portland, OR.
    Avoid the area, it never really experienced a nursing 'shortage' due to an abundance of schools. The area currently has the second highest unemployment rate in the country.
    The five major hospital systems in the area do not hire LPNs for acute care, they have a strong BSN preference and all of them currently have a hiring freeze.
  2. by   gaius
    Thank you VERY much!! I would have been expecting a totally different experience if I did not come here. I hope this thread can help others in the future. I have been able to find many jobs but without a license I can't be hired. I hope this process goes by quickly so I can move to WA!
  3. by   happy&healthy
    Quote from DaFreak71
    I just moved to Washington in November (Vancouver) and
    I've had a heck of a time finding a job. Finally I found a job (just finished orientation). Avail Home Health hires new grads. There aren't many cases in the Vancouver area, but in bigger areas there are more. Pay is 16 per hour for new grad lpn's.
    Hope this helps!
    Avail (home health) agency, paying $16/hr for new lpn's, also pays $17/hr :uhoh21: for lpn's with 20+ yrs. experience
    Last edit by happy&healthy on Aug 14, '09

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