Puny job situation

  1. Oftentimes, people are very skeptical when I tell them there is a huge nursing surplus where I live. They tell me I could get a local job if I really wanted to- they think it's just me.

    I live in a town of 200,000 with no major metro areas nearby. However, there are three colleges with nursing programs- hundreds of new grads every semester.

    Here is a copy and paste of the entire local nursing jobs section from the Oct 23 classifieds:

    Job Title Company Date
    Nurse LPN New! Tyson Foods Incorporated 10/23

    Nurse LPN New! Tyson Foods Incorporated 10/23



    Director of Med/Surg Oncology New! 10/22

    Nurse LPN New! Tyson Foods Incorporated 10/21

    Paramedic New! XXXXX Texas Healthcare System 10/20

    Pharmacist New! XXXXX Texas Healthcare System 10/20

    Admissions Coordinator Vistacare, Inc. 10/18



    Admissions Coordinator for Hospice- VistaCare 10/17

    RN-Psychiatric XXXXX Texas Healthcare System 10/15

    HOMELAND SECURITY JOBS 10/15

    Nurse - RN, Registered Nurse, LPN, LVN Interim HealthCare 10/11

    On-Site Program Manager - Staffing

    Registered Nurse- MHMR


    Is that some slim pickings or what?
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   Kyrshamarks
    It's called moving if there are no jobs in your area.
  4. by   anonymurse
    In any field at any time, there are more openings than are advertised that get filled before there's any need to advertise. You could call all nurse friends and employers of nurses in your area, ask "Got anything coming up in the next couple months?" and maybe snag something decent before it gets advertised. If you wanted.
  5. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Quote from Kyrshamarks
    It's called moving if there are no jobs in your area.

    Wow- I never would have thought of that.

    Dh's job is here. I became a traveler instead of abandoning my husband.
  6. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Quote from anonymurse
    In any field at any time, there are more openings than are advertised that get filled before there's any need to advertise. You could call all nurse friends and employers of nurses in your area, ask "Got anything coming up in the next couple months?" and maybe snag something decent before it gets advertised. If you wanted.
    I don't even know any nurses in this area anymore. Due to being unable to find jobs, every single local nurse I know has become a traveler or moved away.

    I've been looking for a job here for years.

    Even the doc's offices don't have MAs- they all have under-paid BSN RNs- there are so many available here.

    A lot of places have so many apps from RNs, they won't even accept apps anymore.

    I was offered a case mgmt and home care visits job last year- $16. an hour, no pay for hours worked over 40 (basically, a salary job) no benefits, 25 cents/mile, no pay for on call- 100 hours a month of on call required.

    No thanks!
    Last edit by Hellllllo Nurse on Oct 26, '07
  7. by   santhony44
    If you're where I think you are, the hospital has lots of nursing jobs open that aren't necessarily advertised. So does the other big hospital in the immediate area.

    There are also several small community hospitals within driving distance.
  8. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Quote from santhony44
    If you're where I think you are, the hospital has lots of nursing jobs open that aren't necessarily advertised. So does the other big hospital in the immediate area.

    There are also several small community hospitals within driving distance.
    I have worked at one of the local hospitals in the past. Poor working conditions, miserable staff. I was unhappy there and quit. I've applied at the other one numerous times, and called them repeatedly, but I never get any interest.

    I do have an offer pending at a facility here. Bad hours, and not an area of nursing I want to work in anymore, and more than 50% pay cut from what I make as a traveler.
    But, if the offer goes through- I'm taking it.
  9. by   MacunaRN
    Ugh...Where do you live?
  10. by   HM2VikingRN
    Quote from Kyrshamarks
    It's called moving if there are no jobs in your area.
    I don't think this remark was helpful. I would prefer to move to Montana after I graduate but my wife's career is in MN. It is not always practical to relocate.
  11. by   dekatn
    Quote from HM2Viking
    I don't think this remark was helpful. I would prefer to move to Montana after I graduate but my wife's career is in MN. It is not always practical to relocate.
    I have to agree, this is our home, we grew up here, raised our family here and all of our family is still here, I couldn't imagine moving. I feel I have to put my family before my career.

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