Nurses unemployed what is happening out there??? - page 2

by danursern

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Hi, I am a 15 year nurse and I am unemployed from a full time position. I cannot seem to find a job. I have experience, and I am certified is many areas, but no potential job. I have applied over and over for work. Gees, I am... Read More


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    The economy is worse that they are letting on........Theyare not hiring experienced nurses as, in most cases cost more. They aren't hiring new grads because it really costs a lot to have double the nurses (orientee and preceptor) and educate the new grads to get them up and running. I find it ironic that in the time of the health car bill being signed into law.....hospitals stop offering benefitted positions. True, not in all areas of the country, but in a lot of the country.
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    This is a sign of a bad economy! I lost my job with 1o years of nursing experience a month ago. For a month - no one would even call me for an interview (I applied everywhere, was even ready to get a job as an aide!). And finally -- in the past 2 days I've got 3 calls offering me RN jobs, and I am going to start orientation soon! It's in a home health (without home health experience, but with my nursing experience counted). Also, someone who I know, and she works for that company -- recommended me to them -- this is how I got the job. It is PRN, because they can't afford to pay benefits (I guess), but I am taking it in a heartbeat! The other 2 offers were from another home health, and from LTC - I turned LTC down, knowing how nurses are being exploited and badly treated in long term care facilities that offer skilled and rehab services, but still keep the nursing home nurse-to-patient ratio.
    Hope you will get a job soon.
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    Hey all,
    I think the nursing shortage is all very dependent upon your geographical location within the US. I graduated from a BSN program in Ohio in June. No joke, I applied to EVERY hospital in the state of Ohio and I heard back from two (one of which was only because I had a family friend who is a senior VP there). So I basically decided to forget Ohio and started looking elsewhere. I applied to between 5-10 networks in Kentucky/West Virginia/Tennessee. Within two weeks I got calls from 3 hospitals wanting interviews. After two interviews (in KY & WV) I got offered two positions ON THE SPOT! In all honesty, if so many new nurses are willing to do "whatever it takes" to get a job like they say and are willing to relocate then check out Appalachian Regional Healthcare. Their website is Appalachian Regional Healthcare - Advancing Medicine In The Mountains ...they are located predominately in SE Kentucky with a few locations in southern West Virginia (where I took an offer). This is a very rural area, for those of you not familiar with it...these are all coal-mining towns/cities but like I said, I was offered two positions within their network the same day as my interview. Also, I had an interview scheduled with the University of Kentucky Medical Center two weeks after I applied...they LOVE new grads! I was unable to make that interview due to extraneous circumstances but a friend I graduated with just recently started there and loves it. Also, Centura Health in Colorado was very persistent in trying to schedule an interview with me--they wanted to wait till I passed the NCLEX. If you live in any of these areas you should check them out...I have nothing but good things to say about these organizations. Luckily, I really had no reason to stay in Ohio...no husband, no kids, free as a bird! So picking up and moving to West Virginia was no problem to me. I found that using this website Hospitals, Medical Centers Health Systems in the United States is the easiest way to search in your state. That's literally all I used. Another piece of advice I'd like to share... the 4 interviews I went on... ALL of them told me they were very impressed with my well thought out cover letter. They said it really showed my desire to become part of their team and showed the motivation I had to warrant a second glance at my resume. So I just wanted to pass that along if any new grads were having difficulties in job-hunting. Good luck to everyone!
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    I remember back in 2001 when many coorperations were importing Asian nurses, because of the so called nursing shortage. I worked in a facility in a state close by that was primarily Asian, infact I was the only American on nightshift. Now we have a shortage of jobs and more nurses than ever before.

    I guess I should be grateful for what I do have. I've learned quiet a lot this past year 2009-10, and I've gained experience in home care with PEDS patients on LTV's, plus working with the Mollen Flu Clinic is exciting. They may not be full time, but they put dollars in my pockets and I love being a nurse. Actually, I am kind of enjoying being free of all the medical bureaucracy one has to deal with when working for just one company full time.

    I am one of the people who cannot pickup and move my family, so that is out of the question for me, but good luck to the rest of you.
    Last edit by danursern on Sep 2, '10
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    Just applied for the Mullen Flu Shot clinic and crossing my finger that I will get a call. Better to have some few bucks than nothing at all and have some sort of an experience. Not what I really wanted but it is a start. That way I will be able to network some people.

    Been thinking to move out the state I'm located, but need to know more and do some research. This will be a very rough and tough road and year(s) to come, but nothing wrong to stay strong and positive....and surrounded also with positive and kind people, not those who are emotion vampires.
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    Quote from Esme12
    The economy is worse that they are letting on........Theyare not hiring experienced nurses as, in most cases cost more. They aren't hiring new grads because it really costs a lot to have double the nurses (orientee and preceptor) and educate the new grads to get them up and running. I find it ironic that in the time of the health car bill being signed into law.....hospitals stop offering benefitted positions. True, not in all areas of the country, but in a lot of the country.
    I am not sure about the hospitals and benefit packages, however many hospitals have a freeze on hiring full time, but the LTC's, Dialysis Centers, Hospice Care etc., have difficulties paying for full time and benefits. Why hire full time after all they have the bull by the horns right now. They can get a nurse to work all the days they need covered, which each can add up to full time, but they only want to pay part time wages. Think about the money they can save doing it this way.
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    I agree that it is geographical. 2 new hospitals just opened up where I live in Wisconsin and they are hiring. You said you have only been a nurse for 15 years. If you look at the trends, the cycle is about 20 - 30 years.

    I am also a "15 year" nurse and I remember how tight the market was right before I graduated. Look at the depression, then the 70's, then the early 90's and now 20 years later, here we are again. It will get better in about 2-3 years, which I know doesn't help right now, but it will get better.

    I am hoping this is another time for cleansing the system. I wish the hospitals would take a good look at who they have working for them and upgrade the work force where needed. There are so many great nurses out there who can't find jobs and too many unhappy or unsafe ones still in the business because they are too scared to leave.
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    Quote from LovelyDragon
    Just applied for the Mullen Flu Shot clinic and crossing my finger that I will get a call. Better to have some few bucks than nothing at all and have some sort of an experience. Not what I really wanted but it is a start. That way I will be able to network some people.

    Been thinking to move out the state I'm located, but need to know more and do some research. This will be a very rough and tough road and year(s) to come, but nothing wrong to stay strong and positive....and surrounded also with positive and kind people, not those who are emotion vampires.
    Good luck and Mollen CLinic is fun to, because you meet lots of people. It's a important job and this year the vaccine covers three viruses strains H1N1, H3N2, Brisbnane for one low price. Fingers crossed for you!!!
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    I agree that it is geographical. I graduated from nursing school in May 2010 and received my RN license in June after passing boards. I started applying for jobs here in Omaha, NE and surrounding areas beginning in March with no luck. I thought after I passed boards i would have more luck. NO SUCH LUCK! I applied for well over 200 positions during the last few months. I have a daughter and I'm a single mom so I couldn't just up and move somewhere else. I got an interview in L and D which was shocking but didn't get the job. I continued to apply everywhere, every hospital, LTC, doc offices etc but 9 out of 10 hospitals have on their websites NO NEW GRADS AT THIS TIME. HOW FRUSTRATING!! FINALLY I had an interview last week and got a job on the spot from one of the most recognized hospitals in the nation, its in Lincoln about a 40 minute drive but thats ok with me!! Its on an ortho/neuro floor so I think it will be a good start. I hate that there are such nursing shortages in some parts of the country and in others there are WAYYYYYYYY to many nurses. THere are 9 nursing schools ALONE in the city of Omaha and practically no jobs!
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    Quote from RNASHLEY
    I agree that it is geographical. I graduated from nursing school in May 2010 and received my RN license in June after passing boards. I started applying for jobs here in Omaha, NE and surrounding areas beginning in March with no luck. I thought after I passed boards i would have more luck. NO SUCH LUCK! I applied for well over 200 positions during the last few months. I have a daughter and I'm a single mom so I couldn't just up and move somewhere else. I got an interview in L and D which was shocking but didn't get the job. I continued to apply everywhere, every hospital, LTC, doc offices etc but 9 out of 10 hospitals have on their websites NO NEW GRADS AT THIS TIME. HOW FRUSTRATING!! FINALLY I had an interview last week and got a job on the spot from one of the most recognized hospitals in the nation, its in Lincoln about a 40 minute drive but thats ok with me!! Its on an ortho/neuro floor so I think it will be a good start. I hate that there are such nursing shortages in some parts of the country and in others there are WAYYYYYYYY to many nurses. THere are 9 nursing schools ALONE in the city of Omaha and practically no jobs!
    Good luck and have fun to.


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