i believe it's time to call it quits......

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    obviously no one is going to hire a nurse in IPN with a 5 year contract and with a criminal background. it's just not going to happen. I've only been in IPN for 6 months, but the financial toil and the degradation of being a failure with a criminal background is too much to bear. I am wasting my time, what little money I make working minimum wage and the small amount of dignity I have left. this November will be 5 years since I worked as a nurse, so I'm sure I'll be told I need to do refresher course which costs money and needless to say, what hospital is going to let me do clinicals with a criminal past. it seems every where I turn another door is slammed in my face. i'm 54 yo and may as well say bye to my nursing career. I had a good run and was a great nurse. I never diverted/ stole from my patients or employers. My problem was self medicating for depression and receiving dui's. hell, no one is going to hire me......

    i have no idea what i'm going to do. hopefully Mcdonald's may hire me. i hate my life.

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    Hi virgojd-

    I feel your pain. Before the economy took a dump, I managed to work enough on my probation to get my license unrestricted and I can't find a nursing job either. I am 53 so maybe age has something to do with it in my case too.

    I wish I had more encouragement to offer you. Hopefully knowing you are not alone will be of some comfort to you.

    elprup, VivaLasViejas, poppycat, and 1 other like this.
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    Right now its more difficult for any nurse to get a job let alone one with the baggage you carry. I'm so sorry you're suffering. I hope that you don't spiral back into depression again. You may not be getting a nursing job any time soon, but you still have value. Even working minimum wage, you can contribute to a company and make a difference. Think about what interests you....maybe animals? You could try to get a job at Petsmart as as a dog brusher/bather. Like working alone? Try working as a housekeeper at a large apartment building. Are you a night owl? Try Wal Mart as a stocker.
    Good luck.
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    Sorry but you need to quit complaining. None of us had an easy time finding a job criminal charges or not. My sponsor had a 5 year contract plus drug related felonies on his record, but with time he found a job. You also will find a job but not in your time. Focus on recovery and when you are suppose to work that door will open. As my sponsor tells me it is not all about me or ever on my timing. Focus on working the steps, staying clean and being fit mentally, physically, and spiritually when the time is right. Your negative thoughts will only bring you down and not help improve your chances of finding employment. It is what it is and you can not change that.
    msbprn, IowaKaren, and poppycat like this.
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    I can understand how you're feeling. Don't give up! There are directors that are understanding and willing to give you a chance.
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    you're right Nowim clean. I just get so low sometimes. thanks for letting me know your sponsor's story. it's examples like that that give me hope!!! just been a bad day....
    Last edit by virgojd on Sep 20, '13 : Reason: change of attitude
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    thank you Life Lessons for the encouragement. just been one of those days...
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    thanks Catmom. been a rough day. appreciate the thoughts!!
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    I hope you don't think that you aren't permitted to vent here. People who haven't been in our shoes cannot understand how tough it can be. If you can't share here among other recovering nurses, where can you share?

    Good luck to you sweetie.

    SE_BSN_RN, elprup, VivaLasViejas, and 3 others like this.
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    amen, catmom! this is really the only place I can go to get encouragement and empathy! lol! I appreciate your kind words. I was really down today, but feeling a little better as the day goes on. thanks so much for your kind words!!
    Oldest&Ugliest, poppycat, and TXRN2 like this.

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