Update on my lay-off.
As some here know, I'm not an "old nurse" in age-years, but since I started young, I'm an old nurse in "nurse years" meaning...nearer the top of the pay scale.
After the sale of my department and the ensuing layoff, the hospital was as I've said, "not enthusiastic" about keeping me on board in another department even though as they said, my patient care was "excellent."
The nursing market is rapidly changing, obviously due to many socioeconomic factors and trends that if you aren't aware of, you should be. Most of it is profit driven.These changes imho are permanent and will continue.
Nurses, are becoming appliances in an increasingly WalMart'ed system of health care delivery.
So, after being laid off I went to task on making lemonade out of lemons: After a LOT of research, I was awarded full Training Benefits from the State. I submitted huge amounts of statistical RN employment data, current employment trends and projections, education requirement projections (see the IOM/tri-council reports) and rationales. I may very well be the first ADN-RN to not only succeed here, but to apply at all.
I told the colleges' admission counselor, "don't be surprised if I'm not the first of many to cross your desk."
Good luck and best wishes to all...it's tough out there.