hmmmm...I find all of this strange. I have had no such problems getting job offers, and the hospital I'm at now...has been hiring nurses, as fast as they graduate! At my last several assignments I have been offered positions at those facilities also. Before I left Wa. state.... I was given a standing offer of a position from the nurse manager, after she was unable to convince me not to leave, and to take a position at her hospital. Maybe it's just timing...but I'm at lost to understand this situation.
I know many hospitals have all kinds of recruitment bonuses, not only for the person taking the position, but for the person referring them. I had even emailed hospitals in other areas, and immediately received a response not only from the recruiter, but from the area that is in need of a nurse, immediately after receiving the recruiter's email. They are willing to tell me what the pay would be, and any other information asked for, without ever filling out an application. Asking me to just give them a call, and set up an interview.
Yet another hospital....Childrens in Seattle, has been advertising for over two years for a postion, that is Mon -Thurs, occasional weekend call, 0600 to 1430pm. They have offered relocation money, housing, and daycare assistance. But as yet no takers.
In S. C. they were offering $5,000 to any
nurse to come work ICU/CCU/ER...and very few takers! And the list goes on...and on!
I have a friend here, who received as a new grad, a $5,000 bonus, right out of school, and was immediately placed in an ICU internship, and sent to a local community college for a Critical Care Course. She also received assistance with housing...in the form of a check...that reduced her rent from $750/mon. to less than $500 a month for a year! Like I said...it must just be timing..
I also find it strange that it's difficult to find a position in Las Vegas, as they're tons of needs sent out by recruiters for Travel Nurses. Maybe they figure they will take the experienced travelers, and then take their time searching for just the right perm staff...who knows.