I have been an LPN in a rural hospital working on a med-surg floor for five years. At my hospital there is very little difference between RN and LPN job duties, with the exception of the charge nurse. I am graduating in May as an RN, and I want to know what salary to ask for and how realistic it is for me to attempt to get a job in a larger hospitals ED.
Will employers even look at me because I have my LPN first? I am ACLS, BLS, and CPR certified, with basic ECG certification. There is an opening in my hospitals ER, but if I work there I would not get the training I would love to have. What do you think? Am I marketable?
Dear Donna replies:
The fact that you have been an LPN for five years will work in your favor. That, in addition to your certifications, makes you very marketable for an ED position or any other position. Id snatch you up in a minute if I were hiring.
To give yourself an extra edge, join the Emergency Nurses Association (www.ena.org) now as a student and start getting out to local ENA chapter meetings. Networking is a great way to find and get a job. And as I always say, when theres something you want to do, it makes sense to rub elbows with those already doing it.
Be sure to read my book Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional (www.nurse.com/ce/7010). I address LPNs who transition to the RN role.