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  • Oct 21

    Job-hopping (within reason) is what results in the best pay increases. Nurses who stay at the same job for 20 or 30 years seem to be the lowest paid- especially when experience is factored in.

  • Oct 21

    Sadly that is what loyalty will get you, zip, nada, nothing, squat. And some wonder why "Milennials" don't have "loyalty". Prime example here. Can't blame them. You deserve better; you won't get it where you work. It sucks. The Boomers tend to be loyal and stay a long time in one spot, extremely reliable and steady. But the rewards in return for all these qualities are few and far between.

    As for me? This is one X-er (almost Boomer) who will always have her eye out for the better opportunity, one that suits me and my needs, first.

  • Sep 28

    It never ceases to amaze me that hospital administrators believe nurses have magical abilities... that enable them to live on much less income than normal people. Maybe they think we can change alcohol wipes to hard currency?? Or pay for our groceries with back rubs??

    I realize I'm going against the grain here, but I think OP should be looking for a more stable gig that will enable him to provide for his family. If he wanted a part-time or PRN job, he would have looked for one in the first place, right?

  • Sep 26

    ......there are many of us here in this group who have experienced ageism in nursing and you will not find another nursing job with benefits. Something does need to be done....but hospitals/facilities are VERY GOOD and documenting and it is very hard to PROVE what everyone KNOWS they did. You can file a complaint with the EEOC and at the very least hassle them with an's free. isn't you and your are amongst a very elite group!!!!

  • Sep 24

    Quote from Aliens05
    a post I read from forum member THE COMMUTER really struck me as exaclty how i feel. It stated id rather love my personal life and tolerate my job than tolerate my life and love my job. By this I mean im never going to enjoy work, I mostly enjoy traveling, exploring , cars..etc..(hence money motivated).
    Thanks for paraphrasing one of my posts...

    Personally, the job I currently have has been the least stressful one I've ever had. I am a nurse case manager who works from home. I work for an insurance company.

    Demanding patients, hostile family members, and testy physicians incite feelings of anxiety for me. Being far removed from these entities has been a beautiful experience for me. I plan to ride this wave for as long as possible.

    Nonetheless, several nurses who worked from home hated their jobs. They missed direct patient care and socializing with coworkers, whereas I would not mind if I never touched another bedpan or started another IV line again.

  • Sep 19

    Quote from Jen4nursing
    So I was just curious on how many nurses have left their jobs due to hostile environments and the boss fires them as soon as they put in their letter of recognition.

    I am in that boat now and I need that reference as that is my only clinical experience. How have you all dealt with bad references?

    I'd like to clarify one point: When you turned in your resignation, were you actually told that the resignation was not being accepted because you were being terminated instead, or did the supervisor accept your resignation and then say that you did not need to complete a 2 week notice but would be taken off the schedule immediately?

    These scenarios are not the same thing.

    It seems unlikely to me (although certainly not impossible) that an employer would fire someone who has attempted to formally resign. Typically a person who voluntarily resigns is NOT eligible for employer-sponsored unemployment payments, while one who is fired may be. From an employer's standpoint, this is a significant expense, and one that most attempt to avoid, if at all possible. So it doesn't make sense from the employer's standpoint to fire someone who is trying to quit, thus opening the possibility of having to pay a significant amount of money to sponsor that employee's unemployment compensation.

    When an employee turns in a resignation, it is customary to offer to work out a "notice" usually 2-4 weeks. Many employers require this for an employee to leave in "good standing" and to receive all benefits owed such as unpaid vacation time. Not all do, and some prefer to have the employee leave immediately. Accepting an employee's resignation and asking that employee to leave immediately rather than work out a 2-4 week notice is NOT the same as firing the employee.

    Whether an employee is eligible for re-hire may or may not have anything to do with how the employment was terminated. I have had to fire employees who were valued and would be willing to rehire them (needed extended LOA in excess of family and medical leave) at a later time. I have also accepted voluntary resignations from employees who were not valued and would not be eligible for rehire. (Poor clinical skills).

    I would suggest clarifying with Human Resources whether your resignation was accepted or whether you were fired. If fired, investigate filing for unemployment compensation while you continue to look for another job.

    Lastly, I agree that it is best to have not only an offer, but have worked out all details of starting a new job before resigning from the old one. Sometimes offers are rescinded due to reference checks, drug screens or even staffing changes that have nothing to do with the candidate.

    Best of luck to you.

  • Sep 19

    You may want to google a reference check company and have them check your references. If the company or HR is not stating that you are a no hire, you may give the name of a manager that was familiar with you and your work performance as a reference instead of a manager with negative things to say.

  • Sep 19

    It's best to line up a job before you quit. My modus operandi has always been to have a per diem job humming along nicely for a flawless transition when I'm finally fed up. But stay pool at the job you left, you never know!

  • Sep 18

    I read the announcement on this site regarding the efforts of a litigant to add members of this site as defendants to a lawsuit alleging defamation.

    Your risk management tip of the day: many (if not virtually all) homeowner's, renters or personal umbrella liability policies provide coverage for allegations of defamation, libel or slander. If I was added as a defendant or thought I could be added as a defendant, I would be contacting my insurance company to put them on notice of a potential claim and ask them to render a coverage decision: am I covered for the claim or not. If the insurance company says you are covered, I would ensure that I complied with the policy requirements to file an official claim with my insurance and then follow their instructions in defending the claim.

  • Sep 17

    Quote from Rose_Queen
    Not a cam girl?

    I'd like to try professional travel photography. Would need a lot more education on it and better quality gear, though.
    Nah- I already have one work from home job- I need to get out more!

  • Sep 17

    Quote from Been there,done that
    YOU still have options in order to succeed. I work for an insurance company, from home in my jammies... making 6 figures. Rethink your position.

    Quote from Mr.Bill RN, BSN
    Been there, done that.... How did you go about to get a position like that?
    Really. I think I have better odds winning the lottery than getting a job like that, and I dont even play the lottery.

  • Sep 17

    I am too much of a chicken-little to resign from a job without another one lined up. I enjoy the security that a steady paycheck brings.

    Nonetheless, sometimes the finest of us eventually reach our breaking points. I wish you the very best of luck with your future endeavors.

  • Sep 17

    Quote from Mr.Bill RN, BSN
    Hi everyone,

    After five years of nursing, continuing my education, and hoping for a better day than the last one, I decided to quit my nursing job. Nursing is very demanding, psychologically challenging & most of the time frustrating due to the lack of respect from other employees. Even with a BSN and supervisory positions I could not find any happiness in this field. The hard truth is, no matter where you work, the nursing position you fill, there will always be pressure from up top (management). I started as a floor nurse at a local hospital, putting in long hours, taking in experience, just like most graduates. After three years of work on a medical-surgical floor, I was already burnt out. High acuity, understaffing, long-hours, will make your life miserable. I decided to switch positions into a supervisory role. The hard truth about supervisory position is that you are a management (bit..h). Management controls everything, from keeping the floors understaffed, preventing from hiring enough people to have adequate staffing, as-well-as drilling me to deliver teachings left and right. I felt bad for my few co-workers that worked with me prior to my management position that now I drilled about some documentation that nobody even looks at. The hardest truth to take in is that some business, clueless, worthless education individuals set rules for hard working professionals like nurses and don't give a crap about them. An RN is an aide, nurse, occupational, speech, physical therapist, a medical advisor, housekeeper, electrician etc. I decided to leave once and for all and be unemployed. I shared this just to see what you guys think about the move, was it a mistake?
    Well, it's a bit late to ask for opinions. What's done is done.

    But I feel your pain and I understand your choice. I worry about the future of nursing and I worry about the quality of patient care from here on out.

  • Sep 17

    Just throwing this out there-- two months really is not a long time to be looking for work. Depending on your area, you could be looking for a new grad nursing job for that long or much longer (some here are looking for a year). If you're interested in nursing because you think it's easier to find a job in this field, you may be in for a rude awakening. There really is not a nursing shortage.

  • Sep 13

    I agree with a lot of the other commenters, too bad you didn't weigh all your options beforehand, could have done it a lot cheaper. I also suggest do your research for some sort of loan forgiveness and get on a really tight budget to pay it off quickly? Also just do monthly auto debit. This will help you establish/maintain excellent credit because of the timely payments. Also because you are forced to live on the rest you will have to make the necessary lifestyle adjustments to stay afloat.
    Kinda sad all us ADNs were forced to go back to school just to do the same job we are already doing and not necessarily get paid any more money. Makes you wonder what's behind all this and is it to drain us of more of our hard earned money, I personally think so but I won't get into all that. Anyway I wish you well, hope you find an answer to your dilemma!