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Why don’t hospitals hire a lot of LPNs?

Tuesday January 15, 2008
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Dear Donna,

Why don’t hospitals hire a lot of LPNs? I’d love to work in med/surg. Any tips?


Dear Donna replies:

Dear Senait,

LPNs have had their ups and downs over the years. Some hospitals use more LPNs than others. I would suggest that you network with fellow members of the National Federation of LPNs <http://www.nflpn.org> to find out which hospitals are more LPN friendly in your area. If there is no local chapter in your state, speak with members in a nearby state.

Networking is a great way to find a good job. You don’t mention how you’re going about looking for work, but be sure to get out to Nursing Spectrum/NurseWeek Career Fairs in your area. At these events, you can meet many prospective employers, including staffing agencies, in one location. See what’s coming up in your area at http://events.nursingspectrum.com/Expo. Also check local newspapers for similar events as well as individual facility open houses. Read the article “How to Get the Most Out of Attending a Career Fair” at http://www.dcardillo.com/articles/fair.html for more tips.

When what you’re doing isn’t working, try a new approach. Persistence and determination will always win out in the end!

My Best Wishes,

Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nursing Spectrum’s “Dear Donna” and author of Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional. To ask Donna your question, go to www.nurse.com/asktheexperts/deardonna. Find a “Dear Donna” seminar near you: Call (800) 866-0919 or visit http://events.nursingspectrum.com/Seminar.