They laid off a lot of nurses now they want us back.

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    It looks like a lot of places are laying off people just to call them back a few months later. Is this happening in your area? Some people believe corporations/businesses are doing it because they legitimately need to reduce costs - even if just a short period of time. Other people think that this is just a scheme to get veteran nurses to reduce their salaries. What do you think?

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    I would be interested to hear as I hadn't seen anything on this.
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    I think this is a load of oop:! In my opinion, I believe it is next to impossible for a nurse with a valid license to get unemployment due to the many areas that a nurse can go into; whether those areas are hiring or not. Why play with people's lives like that? If I were (or was? still have trouble with that one...) a laid-off nurse, that would be considered a bridge burned as far as I'm concerned! If they did it once, they will do it again. Hopefully, those doing the lay-offs are in possession of some sort of skills or have a license lying around collecting dust. They are going to need them if they are waiting for me to come back.
    Joe V, MBARNBSN, twigszoo, and 1 other like this.
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    I have not heard of this but it would be a great way for a place to get rid of their top performers. If I were laid off I sure would not wait around hoping to be called back. I'd be beating the streets to find another job and would not return even if they offered a raise or bonus. Even if I were not laid off, I'd look for another employer. Who would want to work for someone who treats their employees that way? Are the examples of places that have done this recently?
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    That's happening where I work now except we're union so they have to give jobs to as many people as they can and offer a generous package to the people laid off. It also ends up being the newer people who get laid off.
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    In Canada, nurses have been (and are) being laid off by the dozens, in every Province off and on since 2007. In Nova Scotia a couple of years back, they laid off nurses only to rehire many of them the following year.

    Canadian nurses are largely unionized so the people with the least seniority and casual staff are the first to go.
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    Only with a very generous pay raise.
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    How can I find out about Union nursing positions? Which hospitals have it?
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    How can I find out about Union nursing positions? Which hospitals have it?
    Good for you, Unions built the middle class; Right-To-Work States did not and never will! In fact, I moved out of the South because I was tired of being employed and struggling financially in a Right-To-Work State. To answer your question, look at State Labor Laws to find the right hospitals.

    Many States in the South and Mid-West have terrible Labor Laws (Right-to-work), where you the employee do not have any rights to work, but the employer has all the rights to fire you for blinking wrong and not give you any kind of benefits or descent pay to care for yourself or your family. In fact, nurses are paid the WORSE in Right-To-Work States because those same States do not have many hospitals that have Unions (SURPRISE).

    Sadly, historically unionized States in MI and WI are under attack at this time. Hopefully our blue-collar professional brothers and sisters in those States will be able to fight back and push back successfully. In the mean time, look at States in the West (CA and some others), East (NY), and HI for Labor Laws that support Unions.

    Many (not all) hospitals in those States are unionized. However, Nurses working in non-union facilities and/or within non-union positions benefit from the unionized pay and other employee protections from the surrounding facilities because the non-union places need to compete with Unionized positions in order to attract the best candidates. Good Luck!
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    Thank you. I am a new nurse, and looking into options for hospitals. I am concerned about some of the stories I am hearing, and would like to protect myself and career.

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