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With this economy...Are LPN jobs easier to obtain

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than an RN job?

I know LPN's are more economical for the employer, Yet RN's still do things

LPN's can not do.

I was just wanting some feedback on what people who are looking for jobs are

experiencing right now.

thanks,

ohmeowzer RN, RN

Specializes in ob/gyn med /surg.

in one hospital in the town i work , they let all the LPN's go to hire new grad RN's that needed jobs.... i think it depends on where you live,

A couple of years back found two jobs immediately after moving to a new location. Today, have signed on with three more employers and two of them, as well as the first two, have no work for me.

hellerd2003, RN

Specializes in Critical Care.

than an RN job?

I know LPN's are more economical for the employer, Yet RN's still do things

LPN's can not do.

I was just wanting some feedback on what people who are looking for jobs are

experiencing right now.

thanks,

My hospital system has the goal of phasing out LPN's/ LVN's in the near future. . . They are not finding a financial benefit to LPN's. . .

If you could hire an LPN who needed to be supervised by a RN, and was limited in scope, vs hiring a RN, in this economy, where RN's are looking for jobs . . . what would you pick? Personally, I'd take the RN who could supervise others and do full assessments/ IV treatments, over a LPN . . .

LPN&momof3

Specializes in LTC. Has 4 years experience.

Depends on where you live. I am a LPN and I can't find a job now. The hospitals around here don't hire LPN's and within the last year let go all of their LPN's.

keepmovingrn

Specializes in PD,Nxstage,hemo. Has 14 years experience.

Wow hellerd (phase out Lpn's)...I'm an Lpn and I've had no trouble finding a job, now I must admit that I work in renal and I have years of exp. in this field. I'm alittle taken back, when I hear other RN's say the whole phase out get up about lpn's. Rn's having been saying that for yrs and yrs and guess what we are still here. And if you want my 2 cent, in some cases LPN are more likely to fine work because the company doesnt have to pay the LPN as much as they would a RN (who does just about everything the RN does). Heck, I make just as much money if not more than some RN's do. I mean this with no disrespect what so ever. I just want to stand up for LPN, when I hear or see someone start the (phase out get up).

Midwest4me

Specializes in A myriad of specialties.

Bad economy all the way around; hiring freezes for both LPNs and RNs. I've been hearing "they'll be phasing out you LPNs" since I finished my training 24 years ago! Yes, it IS becoming more of a reality but hasn't yet occurred. Cost-wise I can see the reasons behind laying off LPNs but, legalistically speaking, it's a bad move. I say get rid of the CNA and CMA programs and make care solely proivided by licensed nurses. One of the main reason LPNs are being phased out is that CMAs are now being trained to do MUCH of what LPNs do....and that is a slap in the face to those of us who've been nurses for eons!!!

Sherriblu

Has 30 years experience.

I am in Minnesota and have many years of experience and I have never had so much trouble finding another job.I cant tell you how many jobs apps I have filled out with few callbacks.Not a good time to be an LPN they are phasing them out in my state:yawn:

keepmovingrn

Specializes in PD,Nxstage,hemo. Has 14 years experience.

Hi Sherriblu are you back in school or thinking about it? I'm working on my ADN now, one test at a time. Slowly but surly we'll get there.:specs:

Our hospital is phasing out LPN/LVNs too. On our floor a LVN quit and they turned the position into a RN position. Another floor eliminated the LVN positions and they were required to find jobs elsewhere in the hospital. I think they transferred to the ER.

LVN/LPN is a good stepping stone into a RN Program. At our Junior College LVNs only have to do 3 semesters.

DogWmn

Specializes in LTC Family Practice.

I think a lot of it's the economy, yes in some areas they are "phasing" LPN/LVN's, however there will always be a place for LPN's somewhere. Sub-acute and LTC's are blooming as the boomer's age and there are more and more out-patient facilities, many hire LPN's.

I also think it depends upon the area you live in too. I did a search on Indeed in several states and there are plenty of LPN jobs out there. They might not be something you would want to do, but there is still a need for us.

I'm 59 and left nursing for quite sometime and because of the economy I'm taking CE's and will attend a refresher to re-enter the work force as an LPN. At my age that will be more than enough schooling for me.:D I have no desire to take on more schooling to get my RN at this late date. My old timers cottage cheese brain might revolt at the thought of it and I need to keep what few marbles I have left:rolleyes:. My prior nursing career covered Ortho, Med-Surg, ICU, ED, Peds and Family Practice Clinics, so even though I might not get the "glam" jobs now, I'll get something that will pay the bills and maybe a little left over for fun and that's certainly better than being un-employed for over a 1 1/2 years. Will it light my hair on fire - probably not, but I'll be greatful for the work and do the very best I can at what ever I end up doing, just as I was taught so many years ago in school.

According to this forum plenty of new grads and not so new grads both LPN and RN are having a hard time finding jobs where they live. If I wasn't tied to this place I'd be gone in a heartbeat off to some new adventure and job. So if anyone wants 10 acres in NE GA near Athens home of the Dawgs and several hospitals, have I gotta deal for you;). If you can, consider re-locating to a job rich environment, it might not be where you'd like to live for the rest of your life, but hey take a chance-see a bit of the country. I wish all the best of luck in these hard times finding work, I know just how hard it is.

Location, Location, Location...And the fact that it seems that everyone is only looking at Hospitals. I am a brand new graduate LPN from an out of state school (Florida). I was offered a job at my first (and only) interview at a LTC for a couple of dollars more than average for the area and a $1500 sign on bonus. I am in New Mexico

I'm a LPN currently doing a job search in anticpation of graduating with my RN in Dec. LPNs were utilitzed here in the hospital, but not so much anymore. Since there are plenty of RNs to use, they will pick RNs over LPNs at this point. It will probably cycle back if the economy gets better. But LPNs are still being fully utilized in LTC other jobs.