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After you decide which area of practice is the one where you want to work, search out locations where employers offer this type of care. For example, if you want to work in a Burn Unit, it may be necessary to search all the area hospitals to find out which one has a Burn Unit. Burn Units are usually located in a hospital designated a Level 3 Trauma Center. Go to that hospital’s website and find their “Careers at Our Hospital”. Click on the link and do a search for jobs – looking specifically for jobs in your desired area of practice. Carefully look at the title to make sure an LPN position is available and then read the position description, hours and shifts to be worked, and any salary quotes. Compare jobs between facilities and narrow your decision down to your favorite 2 job opportunities. Read about the core values of nursing professionals. Click here if interested in finding a position: LPN Jobs.
Many job applications are submitted online but some are still hard copy. Before you start, gather a couple important documents:
If you have been asked to come in for a job interview, there are a few important things to keep in mind. First, do some online research about the organization for which you are applying. What type of care do they specialize in and in what care setting? How many patients do they see per year? Learn as much as you can ahead of time about the job you are looking to get. What does the role do and not do in the organization. Wear the appropriate attire for the position and bring a copy of your resume. Practice potential questions and answers with a friend. There are many interview videos available online to help prepare you.
More about interviewing in our LPN Interview Guide. For specific topics refer to the below:
When you agree to a job offer and salary, the next step is that you are given a date to start work. It may be necessary to have a pre-employment physical exam done which can include drug testing. Prepare by purchasing any needed items such as nursing scrub outfits or a stethoscope. You will be issued a computer security username and password that will allow you access to timekeeping, medical records, and registration systems. You will need to complete several educational requirements specific to your role and department within the first couple days of starting in an organization.
The first month or so of work in an organization is called your orientation period. The purpose of an orientation period is so the organization can decide if you have the skills needed to do the job and for you to decide if the job is a good fit. Depending upon your role and the setting, your orientation period may last up to 6 weeks. There will be a preceptor, or mentor, assigned to orient you and have you demonstrate competency. At the end of the orientation period there is usually an evaluation process to get performance feedback from your supervisor.
Once you have already obtained your LPN state license for the first time, there will be a date that your license expires. Pay closely to this date and refer to your state licensure requirements regarding renewing your license. Requirements vary from state to state – some states require only money to renew. Other states have additional continuing education credits (the number of hours varies) and proof before renewal is allowed.
Some State Board of Nursing require a certain number of continuing education credits in order to renew your LPN license at the time of expiration. Continuing education credits are accredited videos, articles, lectures, or conferences that provide education to the LPN to assure competency. Each state’s policy differs so refer to our guide to LPN CEU state requirements or via third party resource https://ce.nurse.com/RStateReqmnt.aspx for a list of all states and their continuing education requirements. Read more ways to obtain CEU's for LPN's.
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