Recruiting and hiring - page 4

by Orca 2,982 Views | 31 Comments

I am informally polling my peers to find out the general recruitment practices and attitudes in your area. I will also discuss briefly my own experience here in Las Vegas. Nevada has the fewest nurses per 100,000 population of... Read More


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    During the time I was on unemployment, I applied at every hospital in the Las Vegas area, plus several nursing homes. One LTC facility, which has the reputation of hiring anyone with a license and a pulse, turned me down because the DON said that my "experience does not match well with the position". My impression was that that was more true for her than for me (she seemed like a total airhead). The person in HR told me prior to the interview that they had not had an RN application in almost six months.

    Only one hospital called me to tell me "We don't have anything for you." This same hospital was running a half-page ad every Sunday saying that jobs were available in "most specialties". The HR person at this hospital went on to say, "I will see if I can get one of the nurse managers to consider hiring you." Very encouraging words. I never heard from them again.

    I also get the idea that specialty has a lot to do with how easy it is to get hired. If you work ICU, ER or L&D, it seems that you can just about write your own ticket. The rest of us are just fried.

    I had not thought about the angle of foreign nurses. There are a lot of Filipino nurses in the medical community here. As for travelers, I have not worked with any, but that may be due to the fact that most of my career has been spent in mental health.

    I considered travel nursing myself at one point. I signed up with one of the largest travel agencies in the country that claimed at the time to have "over 5,000 jobs". They told me that they had two that they could use me on: one in upstate New York in the heart of the ice belt, and the other in the Virgin Islands (this one paid about $12 per hour, and required completion of a prior travel assignment).

    I am beginning to wonder if the lure of nursing, as it was pitched to us when we started school (lots of jobs, change specialties easily) was more of a myth than a fact.
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    I think that certain areas of the country are experiencing different levels of shortages.

    In NY, correct me if I'm wrong, but when I left... If a manager couldn't find a nurse with 5 yrs. exp. in that specialty... it was considered a shortage.

    Here in NC, there is a real shortage, where we are taking new grads into the ICU's because there is no one applying. Our only competition is an army hospital and a VA hospital, both which pay lower and take longer to get into.

    So here, with a true shortage... our nurse recruiters welcome any nurse.... we had a campaign....100 nurses in 100 days... with a job fair to boot.... you could apply, be interviewed and hired on the spot....

    I was hired 5 years ago and received the "red carpet treatment" when the nursing shortage did not exist and many hospitals across the east coast were thumbing their noses at me...

    The initial treatment that I received is WHY I chose this facility and city to work over several states, multiple cities and very many hospitals. The treatment has only improved with the shortage....

    If anyone if feeling snubbed and poorly treated... my hospital will welcome you with open arms and deliver on it's promises

    Couldn't be happier after 5 years


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