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What are the possibilities for employment for LPNs, other than staff nursing in sub-acute or long-term care nursing facilities?

Tuesday April 10, 2012
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Dear Donna,

What are the possibilities for employment for LPNs, other than staff nursing in sub-acute or long-term care nursing facilities? I would prefer a facility that does not require working on weekends and holidays. Wound care and IV certification are skills I could offer. Where might one be able to use these skills?

Tina

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Tina,

LPNs are employed by insurance companies in various roles. Make some phone calls (find these companies online) and talk to their nurse recruiter or other human resources person. Also, check with your area board of education to see if they use LPNs for school nurse positions or to escort medically frail children to school.

IV certification skills could be used working at a blood bank or the American Red Cross. Wound care services could be put to use in a wound care or diabetic care center (outpatient). Also, both of these skills could be used in clinics, medical offices, community health centers, etc. Many of these facilities do employ LPNs. But they're all different, so you'll have to make inquiries and ask around.

You also might find something in an assisted-living facility (other than direct care positions), senior citizen communities, etc. Contact some nursing agencies and let them know what you're looking for. While some mainly do inpatient placement, many have nontraditional and outpatient offerings as well. You do have options.

Best wishes,
Donna


Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nursing Spectrum/NurseWeek’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.