Out of Work Nurse

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    Wow, I've been a nurse for nearly twenty years with great experience and am without a job. Recently got married and moved, quit my job because of the travel never thinking I wouldn't get a job right away. Have had several interviews, was told a few times I was "over qualified", what? Have about 100 resumes and applications out there, this economy is getting the best of us. Thanks for listening just wanted to vent.
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    14 years experience here, recently quit because the 12 hr NOC shift + 1 hr commute time was gonna kill me (or I'd kill someone else falling asleep behind the wheel). I don't regret quitting that position, but having a tough time finding new employment as well. It's Hell out there!
    Last edit by Meriwhen on Aug 28, '13
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    kathyshonk66 Welcome to AN! The largest online nursing community! and.....Welcome to the new world of nursing!

    Being
    "over qualified"
    is code for .........we don't want to pay an experienced nurses hourly rate. You have reached to that invisable line that has you amongst the highest in hourly wages. Hospitals don't want to pay you. Agesim is alive and well in nursing!!!!

    The "target" that they are looking for is an experienced nurse with > 5 years experience but < 15 years. Here they get the best of both worlds.....someone with experience that isn't too "old" that they don't have to pay "big money" too and they don't have to invest any training time on them.

    With a plethora of grads running around they can hire two of them for the price of you.

    ((HUGS)) I am sorry you both are experiencing this......but this is the sad truth.
    SE_BSN_RN, Susie2310, Wise Woman RN, and 7 others like this.
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    Quote from Esme12
    kathyshonk66 Welcome to AN! The largest online nursing community! and.....Welcome to the new world of nursing!

    Being is code for .........we don't want to pay an experienced nurses hourly rate. You have reached to that invisable line that has you amongst the highest in hourly wages. Hospitals don't want to pay you. Agesim is alive and well in nursing!!!!

    The "target" that they are looking for is an experienced nurse with > 5 years experience but < 15 years. Here they get the best of both worlds.....someone with experience that isn't too "old" that they don't have to pay "big money" too and they don't have to invest any training time on them.

    With a plethora of grads running around they can hire two of them for the price of you.

    ((HUGS)) I am sorry you both are experiencing this......but this is the sad truth.
    ^^^This is why I want to stay 24 forever. Ageism is alive in nursing.
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    you have my sympathy. I am afraid this will be a chronic condition with Obamacare - as hospitals have more regulation and less revenue. Should not happen to an experienced nurse for sure!
    Esme12, SE_BSN_RN, Wise Woman RN, and 1 other like this.
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    I am also currently going through interviews, awaiting word on any prospective offers and it is very frustrating. It feels like you either never get return calls, or always get looked over.

    All you can do is keep trying! Hold your head high!
    SE_BSN_RN and lindarn like this.
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    Could you please explain how the Affordable Care Act will affect hospital revenue? I keep hearing this statement but I have read nothing that supports it with actual fact.

    Quote from classicdame
    you have my sympathy. I am afraid this will be a chronic condition with Obamacare - as hospitals have more regulation and less revenue. Should not happen to an experienced nurse for sure!
    BrandonLPN, Art_Vandelay, aklgap, and 7 others like this.
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    Quote from classicdame
    you have my sympathy. I am afraid this will be a chronic condition with Obamacare - as hospitals have more regulation and less revenue. Should not happen to an experienced nurse for sure!
    Strange, my old job was running off experienced nurses LONG BEFORE Barack Obama even took office.
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    We collect about 29 cents for every dollar that we bill. With the expected changes our CPA advised that our reimbursement would be lower, but who knows what it will be.
    SE_BSN_RN and lindarn like this.
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    Yeah people need to be careful of this. There are certain areas in the U.S. that are super saturated with nurses. Can I ask what state or city you are looking in?
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