Dear Nurse Beth,
Honest & professional non-judgmental feedback please.
I served in the military for many years. When I got out all I could get were per diem positions in my area of experience. I had to change jobs frequently due to my husband's contract work. We moved out of state and I could not not find a nursing position. I returned to the university and earned my BSN with a high GPA. The husband is no longer and ten years have gone by. Despite the fact I have kept my certifications current and attended a refresher course, finding full time employment continues to be a problem.
I took a position at a local hospital and the bullying was awful, second day. The care at this hospital was unsafe and I left after three weeks. I applied to another local hospital and the HR director called me and told me not to apply to his hospital. I have never heard of this and the hostility in the nursing community is really awful.
The community I live in is a good ole boy town and you have to know people to get a job here. My quality of life is very poor here despite the fact I have tried to connect and reach out. Needless to say I have stopped trying in my current community because I have gotten nowhere in 2.5+ years.
I have a great job at another local hospital but I need full-time work. I don't want to give an employer the impression that I'm moving around. I am applying for full-time in another city. All I want is to plant myself in a place where I can grow in my profession and have a good life.
Dear good ole boy town,
It sounds like you've been blackballed at some but not all of the hospitals where you live. Nothing is going to change at those hospitals as long as the current HR Director and other people involved are still in charge.
At the same time you “have a great job at another local hospital”. I would try extremely hard to parlay the part-time job into full-time since you are happy there and it’s local. Have you talked to other managers in the hospital? Told your manager you love you job but (like most of us) need full-time, and what advice does she have for you? Surely full-time nursing positions must open up from time to time.
Another recourse is to relocate and get a fresh start.