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Where are LVN's being hired at in Los Angeles county, CA?

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by Kingocal Kingocal (New Member) New Member

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Just got my CA LVN license around Thanksgiving. I know newbies will always have difficulty in the begining because of the lack of experience. I have always been told that generaly speaking that nursing homes is almost the only thing they can do right now. I have been to 30 of them and none are hiring, and of course my chances of a hospital is slim to none. Where are all the LVN jobs right now?

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voneek has 6 years experience.

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home health maybe hospice, but right now jobs are hard to come by. i live in riverside county and jobs are very slim to nothing. just keep looking and further education if possible that is what i am doing, finishing up my pre reqs.

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Just got my CA LVN license around Thanksgiving. I know newbies will always have difficulty in the begining because of the lack of experience. I have always been told that generaly speaking that nursing homes is almost the only thing they can do right now. I have been to 30 of them and none are hiring, and of course my chances of a hospital is slim to none. Where are all the LVN jobs right now?

Did you ever find a job? I am having a very hard time too...just got my LVN license this month. Going into a RN program hopefully in fall 2011. In the meantime I am applying for CNA jobs...but they want experience too! I don't have experience being a cna either....this is sooooo frustrating...if nothing else, I'll take a waitress job.:crying2:

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SquishyRN is a BSN, RN and works as a RN.

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I'm in the same boat as you guys, licensed in December and applying to everything I find online and doing drop in applications. I can't remember how many applications I've sent out, but I have them all written down for follow up purposes. I've been applying all over LA county, orange county, the inland empire, and even san diego. I feel lucky just to have gotten two call backs this past week for interviews for places I applied for in December, one is for part-time work at a SNF and another is for full-time work at an adult day program for developmentally disabled adults... in san diego. They both said they'd call me back this week for a 2nd round of interviews. Wish me luck.

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hey i live in a different state and I am planning to move to California preferably near Los Angeles does anyone know of any LPN-RN schools that will take up to 15months to complete I have about a year of experience. And also how much do they start LPns in CA

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LPN_e2010 has 6 years experience and works as a LVN - 6+ years.

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Anyone moving to CA expecting to find a job as an LVN better have 10 years experience! It is bone dry workwise out here. Please correct me if I'm wrong anyone. :nurse:

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Well it is BAD..Real Bad....I do home-health but cannot get a full time Hospital type job anywhere! and its been years..2 to be exact. So I do home-health. I have just given up and decided to wait and not continue to set myself up for disappointment and focus on the home-health only. I am in Los Angeles also. There are jobs for RN's in most places at least it appears that way... it is time to continue the education and get the RN.

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dmmd works as a LVN NEW GRAD.

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Ive been in home health for two years. it is not steady work. atleast ive got pediatric work, but now i want to work for a facility and i want to stay in pediatrics. am i just dreaming?

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I also live in the Los Angeles area. It took me over a year to find my current job, back in 2008-2009. I started in home health, which I did for a few months, then got hired by a county hospital. My advice:

1) Be open to working at less-than-desirable locations (such as correctional facilities and methadone clinics).

2) Be open to long commutes as a means to get your foot in the door and some experience, somewhere (you can transfer or find another job later).

3) Make sure to have active applications and current resumes on file with the VA, state facilities, and county/DHS facilities, as these employers often hire new grads but will take forever to get back to you (if you can contact or visit nurse recruitment offices for these facilities while you're waiting for your application to be processed, that also helps).

4) Open the yellow pages and start dialing every home health, long term care, and rehab facility you can find. If they say they are willing to hire a new grad, then personally deliver your resume and do everything possible in order to "sell" yourself.

5) Personally visit and drop off resumes at acute care facilities (as it's not always easy to see if they're hiring simply by calling). Ask where the HR department is, and go sell yourself to them.

6) Ask around, ask around, ask around. Family members, friends, classmates, and friends of friends in the health care field can be a huge help. Suck up to, impress, and sell yourself to every nurse manager you meet -- you want to stand out among the pool of applicants (in a good way ;) ).

Good luck! I'll PM you the nurse recruiter for the hospital I work. They hire lots of new grads.

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Hi could you message me with the nurse recruiter?

I am looking to work for the county.

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tiffnie works as a LVN - Psych Acute.

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NETWORK NETWORK NETWORK!

Also, follow up on every lead, even the small ones that you dont think you have a chance at.

I have just completed round 2 of interviews at an acute hospital for a position in Mental Health. The reason I even applied there is that a friend got her fresh grad job there as an LVN years ago and told me to give it a try. I did the long monotous application online, and didnt even expect a call. On a whim, I decided to walk in a resume as well, and I learned that there is an LVN test that needs to be taken. I happened to score really well, and I was called in for an interview that day, then a panel interview the next day (this was last week)

SO my point is you have to make something out of nothing. Follow everything through because you really never know where you will get your break.

Also, I would recommend asking around at your prior school. Clinical instructors, teachers, etc. Several of my fellow classmates are now working for the Dir of Nursing who has her own agency.

Last, try home health agencies. I joined one in W Covina while I was waiting to take the NCLEX as just home care aide, but they didnt require experience esp. when they found out I was a VN student. It does give some good experience for a resume and they have LVN assignments once in a while.

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LIZZIE1027 has 10 years experience and works as a PATIENT PLACEMENT.

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NETWORK NETWORK NETWORK!

Also, follow up on every lead, even the small ones that you dont think you have a chance at.

I have just completed round 2 of interviews at an acute hospital for a position in Mental Health. The reason I even applied there is that a friend got her fresh grad job there as an LVN years ago and told me to give it a try. I did the long monotous application online, and didnt even expect a call. On a whim, I decided to walk in a resume as well, and I learned that there is an LVN test that needs to be taken. I happened to score really well, and I was called in for an interview that day, then a panel interview the next day (this was last week)

SO my point is you have to make something out of nothing. Follow everything through because you really never know where you will get your break.

Also, I would recommend asking around at your prior school. Clinical instructors, teachers, etc. Several of my fellow classmates are now working for the Dir of Nursing who has her own agency.

Last, try home health agencies. I joined one in W Covina while I was waiting to take the NCLEX as just home care aide, but they didnt require experience esp. when they found out I was a VN student. It does give some good experience for a resume and they have LVN assignments once in a while.

Hello,

I too am a new lvn in california / san gabriel valley where exactly is this home health agency in w. covina?? any info would be appreciated.

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