Dear Nurse Beth,
I surrendered my RN license 7 years ago and recently reinstated it. It shows the active license and the surrender license. I have 20 years of nursing experience and wrote rx's for myself 10 times. This is in the past and I would like to work as a nurse again. Every time I apply for a job, I disclose and then am treated like I have the black plaque by potential employers. I have a wealth of OR experience in high level trauma hospitals, but not even nursing homes will give me a chance of employment. What should I do - not even bother applying for nursing jobs?
What can I do to make myself marketable?
Dear Treated Like Black Plague,
Congratulations on obtaining an active license again.
I would disclose only what is asked on application and in interviews.
You can't avoid completing applications that ask if you have ever had discipline against your license, and you also can't control employer's responses to your history.
If there are any restrictions on your license, employers will typically shy away from the extra supervision and paper work that requires.
If you are called for an interview, that means they have viewed your application and are considering taking a chance on you. Be matter of fact and don't dwell on the negative. Instead say your problem is in the past, and you are looking forward to putting your skills to work.
In your situation, it would be most helpful to have a friend "inside". Call on your network and tell everyone you are looking for a job. The most important thing is to get your foot in the door to start re-building your work history.
Author, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job"...and your next!
What state are you in? I run a large OR and am happy to have my manager set up an interview. Everyone deserves second chances.
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