big retirement in NHS?? anyone heard this? - page 2

i'm a 2nd year student and obviously all my cohort are worried about not being able to find a job when we finish. 1 of our tutors seems to be under the impression that there's gonna be huge numbers... Read More

  1. by   english_nurse
    Quote from XB9S
    I know I have said this before and I am starting to feel a bit like a demented grandma repeating myself but this isn't the first time the NHS has been like this, when i qualified there were no jobs, wards were short staffed and the complaints were similar to what you are all expressing, but within a short time jobs started to be advertised and things did improve. The NHS seems to be cyclical so don't be too downhearted yet



    I am going to find me zimmer now and hobble off to do my knitting
    i would expect that the predicted change in government to improve things
  2. by   chapmajc
    Quote from english_nurse
    another thought, can you get onto the bank now as a hca, this will get your face known, thats what alot have done in my hospital
    I qualified in January.

    I can't do bank because I don't have 6 months post reg experience. I can't sign up to be HCA because they are not taking new applicants (they are taking on nurses).
    The job situation is bleak. There has not been one single job that I can apply for within my trust since I qualified. They say that the job freeze is over, but there are no jobs advertised, so.....

    I worked hard during my training and qualified with hons. All the seconded students were given jobs to start immediately after they have qualified. (5 have failed their OSCEs for the second time, so have not qualified yet and still have a job).

    I phoned the job centre today to find out if I was entitled to jobseekers allowance. I am.....57 per week.

    In all I have studied for four years and I gave up a job to come into Nursing and at the moment I wish I hadn't.
    Last edit by chapmajc on Feb 21, '07
  3. by   english_nurse
    have you tried other hospitals?
  4. by   Tanvi Tusti
    Quote from chapmajc
    I qualified in January.

    I can't do bank because I don't have 6 months post reg experience. I can't sign up to be HCA because they are not taking new applicants (they are taking on nurses).
    The job situation is bleak. There has not been one single job that I can apply for within my trust since I qualified. They say that the job freeze is over, but there are no jobs advertised, so.....

    I worked hard during my training and qualified with hons. All the seconded students were given jobs to start immediately after they have qualified. (5 have failed their OSCEs for the second time, so have not qualified yet and still have a job).

    I phoned the job centre today to find out if I was entitled to jobseekers allowance. I am.....57 per week.

    In all I have studied for four years and I gave up a job to come into Nursing and at the moment I wish I hadn't.
    Dont get too despondent, you WILL get a job as a nurse, it may take a little while. Like a previous poster said, the NHS goes up and down, I remember many times that this has happened and newly qualified nurses have been without work for a time, but if they really want to do it and maybe are prepared to look in other areas then the work is there. Good luck
  5. by   chapmajc
    Quote from Tanvi Tusti
    Dont get too despondent, you WILL get a job as a nurse, it may take a little while. Like a previous poster said, the NHS goes up and down, I remember many times that this has happened and newly qualified nurses have been without work for a time, but if they really want to do it and maybe are prepared to look in other areas then the work is there. Good luck
    Thanks, I do try to be optimistic but it's difficult some days.

    English Nurse, I have been looking for jobs in the surrounding areas too.

    Thank you both for your replies :icon_hug:
  6. by   english_nurse
    well its easy to feel bitter about it all when youve worked so hard to qualify
    good luck with it all
  7. by   chzza
    i feel more than bitter. its so frustrating that nurses have to take the fall for the nhs being in trouble. why don't they get rid of the managers earning 200,000+ who actually put the trusts in debt. it wasn't nurses fault but its nurses who suffer and the patients.
  8. by   Fonenurse
    I think there is some truth in the retirement story, but it is hard to see its effects with the superimposed financial crisis as others have already said.

    In 1982 I qualified and had to work in Woolworths on the sweet counter for a while before I secured a nursing post some 250 miles away. It happened to me again recently as some of you will know, and I left my family and moved 300 miles for a job, but I am just about to move home again as I now have a job 40 miles from home. I think flexibility to move away, and continued searching on www.jobs.nhs.uk is all you can do if you want to work in the NHS, but I would also consider private companies, social services and similar posts. Be 'up front' with people and see if they are willing to offer preceptorships - even suggest floating for a directorate to cover gaps - I worked as a 'pool' nurse in the 1980's - this meant giving me a full-time contract but I could work anywhere in the Trust - this gave me a wide variety of experiences, got me known and I found out where I didn't want to work as well as where as the places I did...

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