I have been an LPN off-and-on since 1980. We weren't allowed to do IVs then and my positions over the years have never required me to obtain the training.
I am now 61 and lost my job a few months ago due to extended FMLA.
I need to work until I'm 66 but cannot get a job.
I've had my resume done professionally twice.
I thought maybe it might help if I add a new/current education to my resume.
Do you think I'd be wasting my time?
I know LPNs are being squeezed out.
That's a tough question; you're in a tough market. Is there any way to research the market in your area to find out what would be worth your while? Is long term care an option? I think they may be the last hold-out to hire LPNs. If you cannot find a job as an LPN, how hard would it be to become a medical assistant? They're the ones being hired by clinics and doctors' offices; you would bring really good skills.
Does your state allow LPN to insert IV or discontinue IV?
I am an RN and used to be an LPN. I still suck at starting IV. When I was LPN and working night shift I would change IV bags and set up IV pumps and things like that. That was a big help for the long-term care facility I worked at.
Any skills you can add to your resume could potentially help, but keep looking. I worked in outpatient dialysis and we employed LPN a lot bc they functioned as a PCT but were able to assist with med administration. If you'd like more advice join nursanity.com and I'd be happy to give you any more advice regarding dialysis. I loved it. Good hours and competitive pay.