I can't get a job, i'm so sad. - page 2

I' am a new Grad. i have 2 months alredy looking for a job. i'm from San Diego. i have been everywhere.not luck at all. i was CNA and PCT. i have IV certif. and others thing. but not experience as... Read More

  1. by   baylay
    BigB:
    Quote from BigB
    I used to work in a state prison, well i still technically do. The prisons have a bad reputation because of many things. You will be working with very manipulative people who have spent years, if not decades abusing thier bodies with hard drugs...

    With that said it has its bright sides.
    I'm been sort of interested...

    How much in contact are you passing meds? Do you pass through a window or hand it to them? Are they usually cooperative? Do you have guards with you? Do you have to walk down those hallways or are you in a separate area and they are brought to you? (sorry for all the curious questions)

    And what are the bright sides?
    Thanks
  2. by   mstigerlily
    Lots of jobs for LVNs in LTC but I assume you don't want that. Also clinics/doctors offices. I do know that Sharp hires LVNs, try there. Also the VA hires them, also Children's. Scripps and Palomar/Pomerado seem to be phasing them out. Other options: home health & home care.

    My neighbor has been an LVN for 20+ years, she was the last one on her floor, they've now moved her to a long term care floor unless she wants to work nights so she switched back to nights and is going back to school for her RN. Most of the LVNs I know are doing likewise due to limited job opportunities.

    Quote from Lmex
    I' am a new Grad. i have 2 months alredy looking for a job.
    i'm from San Diego. i have been everywhere.not luck at all.
    i was CNA and PCT. i have IV certif. and others thing. but not experience as LVN.
    What should i do? i though as soon i get the licence, i'll get a job.
    I went to the health fair this monday. but the recluter they' said just go on line and apply. but i said OK but then was the objective of the fair if they not even had that list of opening.
    i have applied about 20 or more jobs online.
    Thank you. if there is some one from san diego who wants to give a glue i would really appreciate.
  3. by   BigB
    Quote from baylay
    BigB:


    I'm been sort of interested...

    How much in contact are you passing meds? Do you pass through a window or hand it to them? Are they usually cooperative? Do you have guards with you? Do you have to walk down those hallways or are you in a separate area and they are brought to you? (sorry for all the curious questions)

    And what are the bright sides?
    Thanks
    It depends were you are at... I have passed meds to 300 hundred inmates from a window, and also from a desk. There is always a guard around you. You don't have much contact with the inmates as you give them the pill, they take it, and move on. You are not forced to interact with them if you rather not. Most inmates are coorerperative with meds and behavior. At the prison I worked , we walked with the inmates but I was at a level 2 - 3 prison, with level 4 being the most dangerous. Walking amongst inmates does not happen in a level 4. I would stay away from level 4 prisons if possible because they are more dangerous.

    Bright side?

    -State job with nice retirement

    -ER experience...you WILL see and work on drug overdoses, suicide atempts, stabbing, fight aftermath etc etc.

    -pretty easy job

    - the ability to work when you want to work part time, fulltime.

    -LOTS of overtime pay if you want it, its there!

    - if you decide to get you RN, the RN"s in the prisons make $100,000 a year.
  4. by   ED-Adrenaline
    Prisons:
    Prons:
    you are with gueard all the time.
    Cons:
    I disagree with $100.000 a year...my best friend RN works in detention center in Philly almost 2 years now...getting paid 31/hr and they dont give overtime at all.They fight for shifts to make overtime...but prisons rather get pool nurses if "short staffed" than giving to the full timers.

    If I had a choice to make...I will wote for "pool nurse" in prison.
  5. by   BigB
    Quote from Macedonia the Great
    Prisons:
    Prons:
    you are with gueard all the time.
    Cons:
    I disagree with $100.000 a year...my best friend RN works in detention center in Philly almost 2 years now...getting paid 31/hr and they dont give overtime at all.They fight for shifts to make overtime...but prisons rather get pool nurses if "short staffed" than giving to the full timers.

    If I had a choice to make...I will wote for "pool nurse" in prison.
    Excuse me, but I was talking to someone from California. Please get your facts stright before commenting on what a RN makes in the state prisons in California.

    http://www.cya.ca.gov/CareerOpportun...urseCF-O-C.pdf

    From link :

    Salary

    $7,766.00 - $8,990.00 per month - This salary range includes pay increases approved by the United States District Court and applies only to Registered Nurse, CF appointed to San Quentin State Prison, Salinas Valley State Prison and the Correctional Training Facility.

    $7,045.00 - $8,154.00 per month - This salary range includes pay increases approved by the United States District Court and applies to Registered Nurse, CF appointed to Adult Institutions, and Juvenile Facilities and Division of Correctional Health Care Services, except San Quentin State Prison, Salinas Valley State Prison and the Correctional Training Facility.

    Additional bonuses are offered only at Adult Institutions as indicated below:
    • $1,500 one-time payment upon completion of one (1) qualifying pay period (applies to those appointed new to State service on or after 1/1/03).
    • $1,500 one-time payment upon completion of six (6) consecutive qualifying pay periods (applies to those appointed new to state service on or after 1/1/03).
    • $1,000 one-time payment upon completion of 18 consecutive qualifying pay periods (applies to those appointed new to state service on or after 1/1/03).
    Last edit by BigB on Mar 30, '07
  6. by   ED-Adrenaline
    You did not mention that there is a base salary to begin with in
    San Quentin State Prison as follows:
    Range A: $4501-$5276
    Range B: $4770-$5613

    That makes a difference isn't it

    I dont read papers...I just ask people in live who are working at the spot.
    Thumbs up for CA...if they can get 100k/year
  7. by   Lmex
    Thanks for all yours comments.
    Yes, i have problems with spelling, but my RESUME looks great and neat. I bought a Charting book, so i have been studied. also, i passed my LPN exams with a high score.
    I already sent my Resume to LTC and Nursing homes at this point, i am willing to work anywhere. I got a called from hospice and Tcmc, but when i said i am a new Grad, they told me that i have to be an LPN at least for year. I can work night, weekand and day. So i hope I get a call by next week or the other.
  8. by   caliotter3
    As far as salaries to work in state prisons in CA, almost 20 yrs ago, the father of one of my daughter's (then teenage) friends worked as an LVN in the state prison system and was hauling in more than $80,000/yr. Then, as now, they were looking for health care workers. Salaries have gone up over the years. However, it is a difficult work atmosphere and not for everybody.
  9. by   eldragon
    OP, it's seems to me as if you speak another first language.

    What is your first language?
  10. by   NRSKarenRN
  11. by   baylay
    Quote from BigB
    It depends were you are at... I have passed meds to 300 hundred inmates from a window, and also from a desk. There is always a guard around you. You don't have much contact with the inmates as you give them the pill, they take it, and move on.

    Bright side?

    -State job with nice retirement

    -ER experience...you WILL see and work on drug overdoses, suicide atempts, stabbing, fight aftermath etc etc.

    -pretty easy job

    - the ability to work when you want to work part time, fulltime.

    -LOTS of overtime pay if you want it, its there!
    Thanks BigB for the helpful info.
    Waiting for possibly a med/surg job and it I don't suceed I may try this. My husband is a deputy so I'm familiar with that sort, sort of...
  12. by   poohbear73
    BIGB...
    Thanks for all the info on the prisons. I actually received a call from someone regarding a LVN position at Chino Mens detention. She told me she was sending me an app, to fill it out and send back. They run a backround check that takes about 2 weeks then they will call me for orientation. Is that true. Don't you have to interview or anything??? I was curious as to what kind of work you do in the prisons. Do they have their own hospitals, are they clinics? I have pretty thick skin so I think I can handle it although my husband is a little hesitant about it. It is safe right?? I am not sure what level chino is, but I will look into it. I really appreciate any info you have since this is a route I am seriously considering. Also how long does it take to begin working. Is it a long application process??

    I have been looking everywhere for a job and nothing, however, I do want a job in acute care. I have received a few calls for home health, but that scares me since Ihave no experience. I am going to sharp tomorrow for their walk ins. I have put my resume into a few LTC, but they all are only hiring for noc shifts. Its so frustrating.
  13. by   sweetface
    The salary ranges you posted BigB were for RN's right? What about LVN's. Does the state hire LVN's?

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