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Hi Ken,
I am not sure if you will be able to help me but any help will be greatly appreciated. I graduated last year August as an RPN, currently registered with CNO. I have not found a job yet though. I am thinking about moving to Minnesota. What is the process of working as an RPN there?


I'm not sure how Canada works with being an RPN. In the US we have LPN's and it is increasingly difficult to find work. Even the 2 year RN's are having a hard time now as hospitals are looking for BSN nurses.

Even doctors offices have started switching to using Medical Assistants over LPN's. Hospitals have phased out LPN's as well for the most part because the Joint Commission (TJC) has said that LPN's can not document patient assessments. Therefore you have to work under an RN who would then document the LPN's assessment. Many nurses refused to do this as they did not want to document someone elses assessment under their RN license. So hospitals stopped hiring LPN's as they left their positions. My hospital does not have any LPN's left.

LPN's are still being used in Nursing Homes and that is probably the best place to start. Some doctors offices may also still be using LPN's and that would be another avenue.

I would imagine that there may some reciprocation agreement between Canada and the US as I would guess the education is similar. I would contact the Minnesota Board of Nursing to see what paperwork you need to get a US LPN license switched over from Canada.

Good Luck!

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