Nursing JOB shortage in Maryland!

  1. Been working ICU, cardiothoracic and addictions, community liaison, case management, home and community care but opened my own business for 3 years (stopped nursing) and nothing but crickets for jobs out there. This has never happened! I've got an app with gov't but maybe 2 months to complete their security checks (I won out of 50 others but not fast enough). Not enough recent exp for agency now i'm panicking!

    Never been in this situation in my life! I'm willing to drive 2 hours to work (I'm in the Baltimore area). I've always been asked to work for places...never had to look...been "stolen" from job to job for 2 decades since I was 23.

    Everyone wants 2 years recent experience (recent recent) or masters degree (I'm not done with my Bachelors to Masters yet...need a job to restart and finish)

    Any suggestions?
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  2. 24 Comments

  3. by   MissBrittanyRN
    I don't have any great tips on what you can do to be considered "re-experienced" for lack of better words, but for a short term paycheck, perhaps you can look into flu clinics at the health depts, etc. good luck!
  4. by   neonatal_nurse
    Maybe you could look into staffing/recruiting agencies in your area or browse online. With your expperience you could also consider travel nursing or home health, private duty, etc. Or you could teach while finishing your masters.

    Good Luck!
  5. by   Jules A
    Have you tried applying for psych positions?
  6. by   CASTLEGATES
    I've got 40 resumes out there. Everyone wants one recent (of the past 3 years) experience so no one...no one is hiring. I've got 7 psych applications out there. Been going on since August....
  7. by   koala_bear
    last I checked Harbor Hospital was still hiring for ICU and Tele
  8. by   CASTLEGATES
    Thanks! JHH said they want my most recent year to be ICU or pull floor duty. I emailed and asked if she had ANYTHING but no response yet. Bon Secours said no..flat no for anything. No one else has responded except the government jobs and they're not easy to get in to.

    Still awaiting my govt application but maybe another month. I'll apply to Harbor then
  9. by   koala_bear
    good luck!!!
  10. by   CASTLEGATES
    thank you kindly!
  11. by   CoffeeGeekRN
    Shady Grove in Rockville has some openings for experienced RNs. Many of the positions I saw didn't specify how recent the experience needed to be.
  12. by   caroladybelle
    Quote from CASTLEGATES
    Thanks! JHH said they want my most recent year to be ICU or pull floor duty. I emailed and asked if she had ANYTHING but no response yet. Bon Secours said no..flat no for anything. No one else has responded except the government jobs and they're not easy to get in to.
    At one point recently, JHH had less than 10 positions open for nurses in the entire system. They have had hundreds to thousands apps coming in monthly. Open position rate is staying at less than 1%. And few of the people coming in are really getting much leeway to choose position.
  13. by   CASTLEGATES
    I applied to Shady Grove (they wanted me as a competitor from another job I had but I declined couple years ago) but they're not even responding now. Their benefits are horrible, anyway.

    JHH said they have internal applicants saturating the positions but she was the only private hospital that responded with a personal letter. I thanked her for taking the time...she recommended floor duty, I asked if she's got anything but awaiting a response.

    Tried Harbor over the weekend (waiting). Calling the gov't hospital with my pending app (did the physical, passed the interview but it's been 6 weeks and they need 20 years worth of original transcripts, double references and license checks in all former states...that was 6 weeks ago and that's before even being boarded for a decision there.

    Meanwhile I'll throw out 2 more gov't positions (one accepts copies and works on the originals since probation is a couple years anyway).

    ...But I've got bills so whoever says yes, I'm there and not moving for a long while (praying for education bennies)!

    Selling gold for now to keep afloat (glad I thought ahead)!
  14. by   chul_soo
    this is kinda scary... maybe it's a not a good time to become a nurse...

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Nursing JOB shortage in Maryland!