I can't get a job, i'm so sad. - page 7

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   twotrees2
    Quote from poohbear73
    Thank you so much BigB..that was alot of info. I actually filled outmy app now I have to do the exam portion online; however a staffing company for dept of corrections contacted me. They place you when needed, but there are no benefits and I am worried about liability issues. I guess i just get my own insurance which i should do anyway. So i called the recruiter for dept of corrections and she said to do both. Apply directly and thru the staffing company. This way I get my foot in the door. I am a little worried though since I have no experience. Anyway.. what do you think? Do you think I should apply thru the staffing company too? Thanks again for all the info.
    i work through an agency - decidedly to see if i would like working in the prison - i love it but would never ( no matter how good the bennies are) work at the one i work at for them - the reason being is the staff get forced to do doubles ( 18 hour shifts then have to come back in 8 for thier normal shift) when someone calls in or there is no "staff" to be there with the agency nurses- no thanks - i wont ruin my health overworking for anyone. as agaency i loveit
  2. by   twotrees2
    Quote from BigB
    You will make more working with a staffing agency or "registry", but keep in mind that when the feds took over the prison medical, the man in charge, Bob Sillen has said that he does not want to use staffing agencies. I think going state would be best as you can get all the OT you want, or work part time. You can basically make your own scedule. Plus state benifits. What is the staffing agencies name? Not all have a good reputation (i.e some LVN's were NOT getting paid!! or had bounced checks!!!) California is broke, but at least your checks wont bounce LOL. Another thing to consider is that the staffing agency nurses get the worse assignments, while the state LVN's are getting there pick on shift, hours etc.

    On a side note, if you live close to Soledad, CA or VAcaville, CA I would highely recommend working as an MTA/LVN. PAy is $6200 month and you just can't beat this for an LVN. I love my job! A Department of Mental Health unit is sceduled to open in Sacramento, CA is a couple years and they will need tons of MTA/LVN's. Something to consider if you live near the above areas.

    Another thing about staffing agencies is a lot of them DO NOT take out taxes. This can lead to a big headache around tax time each year when you can owe the government thousands of dollars. I would shy away from staffing agencies, especially since it is your first job out of school. You are vulnerable for lawsuits etc. and not protected well.
    whatever you decide check out the contract for the union cause many can force you to do overtime and will do so often - i have not heard of any agency not taking out taxes- but i am in wisconsin and have minimal contact with to many agencies. as for liability protection noone is protected by ANY job well - everyone should get thier own liability policy - ANY place will hang you out to prootect themselves - fact of nursing....
  3. by   twotrees2
    Quote from BigB
    You will make more working with a staffing agency or "registry", but keep in mind that when the feds took over the prison medical, the man in charge, Bob Sillen has said that he does not want to use staffing agencies. I think going state would be best as you can get all the OT you want, or work part time. You can basically make your own scedule. Plus state benifits. What is the staffing agencies name? Not all have a good reputation (i.e some LVN's were NOT getting paid!! or had bounced checks!!!) California is broke, but at least your checks wont bounce LOL. Another thing to consider is that the staffing agency nurses get the worse assignments, while the state LVN's are getting there pick on shift, hours etc.

    On a side note, if you live close to Soledad, CA or VAcaville, CA I would highely recommend working as an MTA/LVN. PAy is $6200 month and you just can't beat this for an LVN. I love my job! A Department of Mental Health unit is sceduled to open in Sacramento, CA is a couple years and they will need tons of MTA/LVN's. Something to consider if you live near the above areas.

    Another thing about staffing agencies is a lot of them DO NOT take out taxes. This can lead to a big headache around tax time each year when you can owe the government thousands of dollars. I would shy away from staffing agencies, especially since it is your first job out of school. You are vulnerable for lawsuits etc. and not protected well.
    also being agency i have written my own ticket and worked the hours i please - i have yet ( not that i wont ever) to be put off for the regular staff - they work me in around the staff so that everyone is happy. the regualr staff work with them so they are all happy and covered
  4. by   midcom
    Congratulations on your gastric bypass & plastics. I, too went that route.My RNY was in 12/2003 & plastics 3/2005 & 8/2005. I have no problem handling school all day & the rigors of clinicals. I do kno that there is no way I'd have been able to handle it if I still weighed 350 lbs.
    I actually never made it to my goal & probably never will.

    It's true what they say about college & the freshman 15. It's so easy to gain weight, something I thought would never happen to me but it did. Stress, sitting hours doing homework, no time to exercise all ganged upon me & a 20 lb gain resulted, all in my hips & butt! I'm tryng now to turn that around. I can really feel the pull on my plastic surgery scars (I have a lower body lift & the scar across the back takes the brunt of my weight gain.

    Anyway, unless your health is not good due to your surgeries, you won't have any problems attending school. Good luck!
    Dixie
  5. by   twotrees2
    Quote from Sheri257
    Not to get too off topic but I had to laugh because this is so true. I also work for a California prison and, for some reason, more female employees than you would expect do seem to fall for these inmates. The same thing has happened in the criminal psych facilities.

    Personally ... I tend to develop crushes on some of the CO's ... big macho men in uniform who carry weapons are much more of a turn on for me .... especially when there's a lockdown due to a fight, attack, or whatever and you're feeling kinda vulnerable.

    But inmates? Nah ... I have no idea what the attraction is because most of them are just plain gross but somehow they do manage to talk some of these women into having sex with them. Go figure.

    im with you lol - had 2 at the prison i work with on the wall of shame ( id up so not allowed in ever ) and in process of trouble for fratinization - i dont get it - they are manipulatyive but gads - what they do ( at least at our max facility ) is a turn off alone -
  6. by   dschueler
    About the prisons and the job situation....

    I saw on Craig's List last night several jobs in the OC that were in private plastic surgeon's office. They did not say how much they paid, but it was doing pre ops and also PACU, which I love!! I pray that I can find a PACU job at a surgery center next year. That is what I want to do, PACU or something like that. I also would love to work in a surgery center, that would be my favorite dream job, and if it was over $25 bux/hr, that would make it primo!!

    Good luck to you, try Craig's List.

    Also, there were lots of registries and other health care agencies that were looking for LVN's...I would so do that as PRN if I could. I am fortunate that I do not need any benefits at all, coverage at my hubby's job and military retiree bene's are 100%, and so I would rather give up all bene's to get more per hour.

    I would love to know how these registeries work, how much they pay and also what types of jobs they send you on. Maybe the reason they pay so well is because its really hard/crappy jobs??

    Deb
  7. by   dschueler
    Quote from midcom
    Congratulations on your gastric bypass & plastics. I, too went that route.My RNY was in 12/2003 & plastics 3/2005 & 8/2005. I have no problem handling school all day & the rigors of clinicals. I do kno that there is no way I'd have been able to handle it if I still weighed 350 lbs.
    I actually never made it to my goal & probably never will.

    It's true what they say about college & the freshman 15. It's so easy to gain weight, something I thought would never happen to me but it did. Stress, sitting hours doing homework, no time to exercise all ganged upon me & a 20 lb gain resulted, all in my hips & butt! I'm tryng now to turn that around. I can really feel the pull on my plastic surgery scars (I have a lower body lift & the scar across the back takes the brunt of my weight gain.

    Anyway, unless your health is not good due to your surgeries, you won't have any problems attending school. Good luck!
    Dixie

    Yep, I had my lower body lift in December, it was the hardest surgery I have ever had!! I am having my breast lift/augmentation on Thursday, if I don't do it now, I won't do it for over a year. (when school is out).

    I am really excited, and just ready to be done with it. I also am having trouble with my bile duct, still, but they said I could get my plastics done. I am soooooooooooooooooo constipated lately that I am taking colace, and milk of magnesia, and I literally am full of it!! I have about 4 pounds that I need to poo out!! I know, TMI....but I am trying to push the fluids so I can get cleaned out by Thursday!

    Thanks again, and I agree...at least I am not 300lbs anymore, and I can handle 148 if that is the highest I get. I am trying to nip it in the bud, but it is really from being constipated. Once I can get cleaned out, I will be around 144 again.

    Congrats on your RNY and weight loss, and also the plastic surgery. The LBL is/was the toughest surgery, and I know what you mean about the scars pulling. I can exercise, and when I run, they pull around the back side a lot more than the front.

    You are a tough lady, and you have really inspired me to keep going!

    Deb
  8. by   twotrees2
    Quote from dschueler
    I was only suggesting that she look at her resume, as there appeared to have a lot of errors. Actually I am very good at grammar and spelling, punctuation, hmm, not sure.....sometimes I type as I talk.....if you know what I mean

    I just noticed gross errors that really stood out, and then I read the other posts and saw that others had also noticed it as well.

    I don't know where I have "typed" on here that is terrible, other than an occasional typo??

    Sorry, not on here to poke jabs at the person, just was pointing out something that I did not see until pgs 3 or more out of 8 pgs.

    I have a 4.0 in all my college classes except math, which I hate with a passion, so I just dread having to take algebra, again. I am sort of excited to do the LPN classes, again.....I sometimes feel that I should not be doing this at my age, but I see others who have gone back to school at age 50+

    I just had gastric bypass done 18 months ago, and had plastics done in December to remove excess skin, so I am wondering how I will physically do having to go to school 5 days a week, Mon-Fri??

    Hopefully I will adjust, and my body will be good!!

    Thanks,

    Have a great Mother's Day

    Deb
    mytyping and grammer suck lol - but im a good nurse - and i just hav to put extra effort into important items like resumes and charting - please - i understand its annoying to some when people cant type or talk well but that doesnt make em a bad person or a bad nurse and anyone who looks that way ( i recall someone saying they throw typoed resumes in the circulr file - ) i guess i think if someone looks at that as the only thing before meetinga nd checking further they just may be missing someone great.
  9. by   BigB
    Quote from twotrees2
    i work through an agency - decidedly to see if i would like working in the prison - i love it but would never ( no matter how good the bennies are) work at the one i work at for them - the reason being is the staff get forced to do doubles ( 18 hour shifts then have to come back in 8 for thier normal shift) when someone calls in or there is no "staff" to be there with the agency nurses- no thanks - i wont ruin my health overworking for anyone. as agaency i loveit
    Exactly. The state LVN's that are being brought in to replace the MTA's are only getting $19/hr AND can be forced to work involentary OT. Coming back in 8 hours to do another 16 OT , sucks. The MTA's did it for decades but were paid much more than these state LVN's.

    Agencies do have their perks...8 and you hit the GATE!
  10. by   Sheri257
    Quote from BigB
    Exactly. The state LVN's that are being brought in to replace the MTA's are only getting $19/hr AND can be forced to work involentary OT. Coming back in 8 hours to do another 16 OT , sucks. The MTA's did it for decades but were paid much more than these state LVN's.

    Agencies do have their perks...8 and you hit the GATE!
    Yeah ... I work as a CDC RN and, so far, I've only been mandated once but ... at $40 an hour base, $60 OT ... at least it's worth it. It probably wouldn't be worth it for LVN's.

    I'm assuming they haven't mandated me that much because they've been hiring so many RN's and so many RN's have been willing to work there with the pay raises. However, if it does get to be too much, I'll just transfer to one of the four other prisons in my area.

    :typing
  11. by   allantiques4me
    Are you able to relocate.Cleveland and its suburbs seem to screaming for LPN jobs.
  12. by   Sheri257
    Quote from twotrees2
    i work through an agency - decidedly to see if i would like working in the prison - i love it but would never ( no matter how good the bennies are) work at the one i work at for them - the reason being is the staff get forced to do doubles ( 18 hour shifts then have to come back in 8 for thier normal shift) when someone calls in or there is no "staff" to be there with the agency nurses- no thanks - i wont ruin my health overworking for anyone. as agaency i loveit
    You can't underestimate the value of the benefits though ... at CDC the pension benefits alone are worth another $6 an hour. I can't get that kind of pension anywhere else. We get more paid holidays than anywhere else I know of, there's an additional 36 hours of paid time off for education, etc. ... the list goes on and on.

    With what they're paying me as an RN plus the benefits ... I just don't feel like I can complain about being mandated.

    Nevertheless, I hear what you're saying. I do drive an hour to the prison where I work and I do spend a lot of money on gas. I could move closer to save on gas but, I'm also centrally located within driving distance to other prisons so, if I get mandated too much or get assignments I really don't like then ... I'll just transfer to a different facility and try something else.

    The beauty of being a state employee is that there's tons of other agencies that you can transfer to also ... and not lose your pension and other benefits.

    :typing
    Last edit by Sheri257 on Jun 2, '07
  13. by   BigB
    Quote from Sheri257
    You can't underestimate the value of the benefits though ... at CDC the pension benefits alone are worth another $6 an hour alone. I can't get that kind of pension anywhere else. We get more paid holidays than anywhere else I know of, there's an additional 36 hours of paid time off for education, etc. ... the list goes on and on.

    With what they're paying me as an RN plus the benefits ... I just don't feel like I can complain about being mandated.

    Nevertheless, I hear what you're saying. I do drive an hour to the prison where I work and I do spend a lot of money on gas. I could move closer to save on gas but, I'm also centrally located within driving distance to other prisons so, if I get mandated too much or get assignments I really don't like then ... I'll just transfer to a different facility and try something else.

    The beauty of being a state employee is that there's tons of other agencies that you can transfer to also ... and not lose your pension and other benefits.

    :typing
    Yep. Which is one reason I decided to stay an MTA/LVN, albeit in the Dept. of Mental Health. The state pays up to 85% of my health benefits, I can retire at 50 with 3% of my max income for every year work . (20 years = about 60%...30 years = 90%). A salary of $74,000 before overtime. You simply cannot beat this package for an LVN anywhere. Plus, if I get tired of this job I can transfer to another state job since I have a bachelor's degree.

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