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What Nursing shortage? New grad....

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Hello fellow Nurses. I received my LPN license on January 21st. You always hear about the 'nursing shortage.' Well, I can't find a job to save my life. I am working as a caretaker for $9 an hour. I am thankful for the experience and at least it is in the medical field. Nursing homes and most agencies won't hire new grads. The agencies that will hire you don't have the hours that I need. Is anyone else running into the same issues? I am in a RN program and boy that makes me want my RN license even worse. Some of the hospitals come and recruit you while still in the program... I still have another year to go but maybe that is my 'light at the end of the tunnel.'

Sensoria17

Specializes in LTC.

Where are you located?

Jules A, MSN

Specializes in Family Nurse Practitioner.

Where are you located?

It does largely depend on where you live. The places that will hire you not offering the hours you need isn't exactly the lack of jobs for new grads though. :D

I am in Cincinnati, Ohio. I have two small children and don't have childcare for nights/2nd shift. The one agency only offers nights and weekends (or overnight.) The other agency only called once with a shift of 10pm-6am. If I didn't have kids I would be thrilled to work on any day at any time. It does really put a damper on things but they are the reason that I went to school for in the 1st place! Something will work out eventually God willing.

Also, the Nursing homes that do have 7am-7pm available don't hire new grads. That is what is the most frustrating. We have some hospitals that hire LPNs but I have applied with no response. It is much easier getting in as a RN.

Jules A, MSN

Specializes in Family Nurse Practitioner.

It is much easier getting in as a RN.

Absolutely but don't give up there is a LPN position out there for you. I'm still at mine now with my RN.

As with so many things in life it's location, location, location. My wife and I relocated to another state because in the area where she graduated as a LPN there were almost as many schools in a 30 mile radius as are in all of this state.(Oregon)

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

When the media refers to a "nursing shortage," they are always referring to a shortage of RNs. LPNs/LVNs normally do not fit into their equation. In addition, there's a shortage of nurses who want to work "off-shifts" such as evenings and nights. There's absolutely NO shortage of day shift nurses.

The original poster has seemingly been able to find jobs, but is turning them down because they are not preferred shifts. Many new grads fail to realize that day shift is coveted and desired by many, and that most of us had to start our careers working the "off-shifts" of evenings and nights before getting hired into a daytime job.

While most of my newish coworkers did not particularly like working the dreaded evening 2-10pm or 3-11pm shifts due to being away from their spouses and children, they made it work until a day position became available. In many cases, you must attain experience in less desirable circumstances.

kat7ap

Specializes in Mother-Baby, Rehab, Hospice, Memory Care. Has 8 years experience.

I agree with Commuter. The reality is even as a new RN you might have difficulty finding a day shift position particularly it is a desirable position. I wish you the best and just keep on looking. I would be very careful working agency if you are a new grad with no experience. I worked agency for a short period and it was very tough. I could not imagine being prepared to do it as a new grad. Where I live the reputable agencies require at least 1 year experience for good reason.

springding

Has 1 years experience.

I am having the same problem and am looking for a good school to go back for my RN at anyone have any good ideas?

There is a huge nursing shortage and once you're working as an RN you'll not only feel it but see it. The restrictions in your schedule certainly play a part in finding work. Hospitals that never used LPN/LVN's are now posting positions for them. We have LPN's on a cardiac surgical unit which never happened just two years ago. It's not just long term care for LPN's anymore.

It is not just LPN's having a hard time finding a new grad position. I graduated in December as an RN, passed NCLEX, can take any shift offered to me and have yet, after 100's of applications to get a call back. I wish you luck in your pursuit and good luck in school.:scrying:

Wow..

It is not just LPN's having a hard time finding a new grad position. I graduated in December as an RN, passed NCLEX, can take any shift offered to me and have yet, after 100's of applications to get a call back. I wish you luck in your pursuit and good luck in school.:scrying:

Im with you on that "nurseontheway". i graduated LPN school in march, took my boards in june, end of june i got my license and certification. i've been sending resumes all over. i got few calls from agency. mostly of the agencies dont offer medical benefits (which i'm really interested in having). i went to an interview in one LTC facility. they just had 1 full time position. it seems that its a little harder then i tought. in nursing school they told me i would find a job without a problem, because i'm bilingual and i'm a male theres a shortage in male nurses. I m finding very much different. Everyone that called me wants experience of at least 1 yr. well we new grads has to start somewhere right? lol. but dont loose hope, i've heard that a job search usually takes about 3 months. its been almost 4 weeks for me, and i'm having few phone calls back. just be very persistent, call them back, be pushy, what u going to loose right? btw i'm in LI-NY.

Good luck!

It is not just LPN's having a hard time finding a new grad position. I graduated in December as an RN, passed NCLEX, can take any shift offered to me and have yet, after 100's of applications to get a call back. I wish you luck in your pursuit and good luck in school.:scrying:

That also applies in Florida. From what I've heard, most hospitals here are not hiring new RN grads. Most require at least 1-2 yrs experience.

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