Can I vent? Just a little... you can vent too if you want, I won't tell... - page 3

by GonnaAmazeYou

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So I had a career. A Good job, made descent money, stable...something was "missing"...so what did I do? I went and became a nurse. Cut down my hours at work, studied hard and then passed NCLEX and got my license. Yay for me... Read More


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    Are you a minority and disabled? What sort of disability do you have? I think it probably would be best not to check off the disability box if you have a choice you might be discriminated against without your knowing, also if you have an unusual or ethnic name. Discrimination may be against the law but it is very hard to prove before you have even been hired. I know someone who actually legally changed his name from a polish last name to Peters and named his child Victoria because he was concerned that she have a proper business name to help her future career. He worked in banking, investments, the IRS and became a lawyer. I can't really say if his career would have been hindered by his ethnic last name, but he felt it would. Although it is kind of sad to feel you have to deny who you are to get a job and promotion.
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    Re getting a job as a new grad I think a big part of the problem is that hospitals have hiring freezing and understaff on purpose to save money, although they don't mind forking out for lots of overtime to the RN's they already have. We are supposedly full, but we are short on almost a daily basis. They simply don't hire enough staff and want to get by with less to save money, counting on the staff they have to either work short or do overtime. It's all about the budget!
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    I was lucky.. A client of my dads happened to be a don at a Ltc facility and took a chance on me, amd I've made her pretty happy lol. After doing most of my clinical rotations in Ltc I vowed not to work in one, but took the blessed opportunity that was given to me and it's been a great experience. Anyone That you know that can get your foot in the door call them for a favor.
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    I don't know about volunteering in an organization like a hospital when you hold an RN license, but I know that at least in NH, where I live, I can volunteer with the Red Cross and get training to be a nurse for them, performing nursing duties (I'm hoping to do just that when I get settled). Also, I just called the BON to ask if I would be able to volunteer in the nurse's office at my kids' schools; I would not be acting as a nurse but rather assisting with filing and such. The woman at the BON said I could work up to my license, depending on what the school nurse wanted me to do (I did not pursue it with the school nurse). Hospitals can't use a volunteer to do a job that someone is supposed to be getting paid to do, but organizations like the Red Cross, Samaritan's Purse, and others are always looking for actual nurse volunteers, including new and sort-of new people that they can train.
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    Checking the minority, disability, and male box? That is seriously hillarious! Hmm, maybe you are on to something. So what happens if you get an interview and you are not male, a minority, or disabled? You can claim that the computer must have made an error. Oh that is so funny! Thank you for your humor in this stressful time. I SO appreciate it! You rock in my book.

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    And today I saw an ad online that says COME TO THE USA- be a nurse! These companies are bringing foreign people in, sponsoring them and helping them to get their license. I'm sure they don't Validate their employment history, they just bring them here. So frustrating. There are thousands of unemployed/underemployed RNs ready and waiting but yet they keep shipping in people to fill up the hospitals. I have now began checking the minorities box, the male box and the disabilities box. Something will work lol
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    Thanks for a great idea. I had never thought of asking the nurse at my kids' school if she could use a volunteer. I am going to call the school nurses' and see if this is a possibility. Thank you!

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    I don't know about volunteering in an organization like a hospital when you hold an RN license, but I know that at least in NH, where I live, I can volunteer with the Red Cross and get training to be a nurse for them, performing nursing duties (I'm hoping to do just that when I get settled). Also, I just called the BON to ask if I would be able to volunteer in the nurse's office at my kids' schools; I would not be acting as a nurse but rather assisting with filing and such. The woman at the BON said I could work up to my license, depending on what the school nurse wanted me to do (I did not pursue it with the school nurse). Hospitals can't use a volunteer to do a job that someone is supposed to be getting paid to do, but organizations like the Red Cross, Samaritan's Purse, and others are always looking for actual nurse volunteers, including new and sort-of new people that they can train.
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    I moved from California to Tennessee for my first job! Try applying to Johnson City Medical Center! The pay is only $18 hour but u get the experience u need! Excellent teaching hospital! Try it!
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    I hear you. The job hunt is a total daily up and down rollar coaster of emotions. It took me forever as an old new grad who moved twice and was no longer considered a new grad. So I took a job under my license, which backfired, and only now, do I start a new job Monday as a District School Nurse. I get it. I wish the situation was better.
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    I would recommend to all nurses looking for work to be careful about trying to contact the nurse managers of the place you desire to work, because, now just about every nurse who is looking for work is doing this and it is causing frustration and aggravation for the managers. Imagine every nurse who is looking for work doing this and how much time those managers are spending answers phone call, emails etc. if they even respond. Years ago this may have worked but not so much now.
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    Do everything you can to get into a hospital somewhere as this will help you get a different nursing job later if you wish (non acute care, like case mgmt, home health, MDS, etc). I didn't start out in acute care, took what was available at the time when hiring freezes were occurring...still worked a "floor nursing" type of job first, just was lower acuity and twice as many patients.

    Now, I'm working in a hospital. I know you're already doing everything you can, and it's frustrating. Keep your chin up. And, don't expect a dream job at first, just a job. Morale will probably be low or ratios high, but this will only help you appreciate future jobs. (Not saying this to burst your bubble, but in times when jobs are rare, people are holding on to their good jobs and not risking a move. The only nurses transferring are those that are working in less desirable areas or changing from night to day shift, so these will be the open jobs that you see).


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