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Would there be any jobs for an LPN with a BS in health administration?

Tuesday September 18, 2012
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Dear Donna,

I am an LPN with 25 years’ experience and need a career change. I was considering pursuing a BS in health administration with a concentration in health management. Would there be any jobs for me, only being an LPN?


Dear Donna replies:

Dear LPN,

There absolutely are jobs out there for you as an LPN with a BS in health administration and 25 years of healthcare experience. It is a good degree to have. The fact that you are "only" an LPN will not hinder you — it will enhance your professional package. There are folks out there with the same degree and no healthcare background, so you'll have an advantage.

That being said, degrees and credentials alone will never get you where you want to go. You have to have a professional image, good communication skills and be a savvy networker.

Positions exist in the pharmaceutical industry, insurance industry, any healthcare setting, service organizations (e.g., the American Heart Association, American Red Cross) and government healthcare agencies, such as city, county and state departments of health.

Networking is a great way to explore options and find a job. I suggest you attend local chapter meetings of the American College of Healthcare Executives (www.ache.org) as a guest for now. Also attend nursing and healthcare career fairs. This is a great way to hone your self-marketing and networking skills, make valuable professional contacts, and learn about opportunities. You never know where the spark, idea, contact or opportunity will come from. See what's coming up at www.Nurse.com/Events/Career-fairs.

Best wishes,

Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nurse.com’s “Dear Donna” and author of “Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional” and “The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career.” Information about the books is available at www.Nurse.com/CE/7010 and www.Nurse.com/CE/7250, respectively. 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.