*UNEMPLOYED NURSES* - page 17

Ello~ I'm just curious to know, for those of you who are unemployed nurses, exactly how long have you been looking for work? What are you (LPN,RN,BSN-RN,MSN-NP,etc.) How many previous years of... Read More

  1. Visit  Belle1005 profile page
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    I had an interview yesterday and totally blew it. Ive been searching for two months doing at least 25 applications a day. The interview was so awkward, the rest of the time I was praying it would end already! But to me, it means there's hope... Even if just a little. I graduated in July and passed the NCLEX in September.
  2. Visit  kcmylorn profile page
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    I too am out of a job. I have survived on temp positions for the past 4.5 years. It is really draining, mentally and financially. My latest was an nursing agency, Favorite Healthcare who told me that there were no positions avail. I was physically present in the office. The office staff consists of a (2) 20 something year olds and on woman in the back approx 40's age group, who are all NON NURSING. That I am sure of, what their backgrounds are that qualifies them to making decisions about licensed nurses career I dont know- it could be office machines for all I know. When I was about out the door, the older worker stated, "hers's something you maybe interested in" It provided me with 40hr/week for 6 weeks, thinning out medical records. Then there was an IV pump training coming up- I was told by these geniuses, It was full time for another 4 weeks. as it turened out- it was anywhere from 5hr to 25 hr per week and involved me driving 80,90, 100 miles each way from my home, first training session started at 7:30 in the morning. I had to fight with them to get copy of my pay stub because one week I was paid $27.00 for 2 hours work @$35.00/hr. I had to ask them because their little feeling were hurt if you were straight out with it, I had to say "does this mean that $35.00/hour for 2 hours equals $27.00 and will I be paid for the additional 7 hours I work that were not included" and had to ask this with a straight face and keeping my hands away from their stupid throats I was told by the blonde, she didn't know and would "circle" back to me later.!!!

    In an interview I encountered an older(50 something) "nursing recruiter " from Bayada. I had been working a 2 year contract for a outpatient clinic ina military clinic that the company I worked for did not get awarded the new contract. As a result, all the contractor employees received a "WARN" letter: which is as follows and is straight off the Us department of labors web site:
    Plant Closings & Layoffs
    Such occurrences may be subject to the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN). WARN offers employees early warning of impending layoffs or plant closings. The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) provides information to the public on WARN, though neither ETA nor the Department of Labor has administrative responsibility for the statute, which is enforced through private action in the federal courts. "Summary of the Major Laws of the Department of Labor"

    I am bolding this so everyone on this site will see/read the stupidity( beyond stupidity) of a Human Resource's "nursing recruiter". This brainless hussy, screw up asked "what I was diciplined for" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This woman works in Human resources, was totally serious, is in New Jersey and I have to wonder if she isn't related to "Snookie(jersey shore) and is SUPPOSED to know this stuff- it's part of the Dept of Labor laws and policies, Isn't that a course in Human Resourse Management? And what is even more alarming and frightening, these human resources are destroying Licensed nurses career; Careers that people have went to school for taking coursework HR can't even pronounce and passed licensing exams for. I applied to Bayada for a full time position( I have 30 years in acute care RN bedside nursing- med/surg to telemetry) and was offered a stinken perdeim position. This dumb individual has a job and I am unemployed???????????

    I was recent offered and accepted a job offer for a major insurance company doing medicare advantage Utilization reviews. I needed to have all my new hire paperwork faxed in 24 hours(11/16) which it was and drug screen completed by 48 hr(11/17) which it was. I was supposed to start 11/30. On 11/29 I received a call from the recruiter my start date was to be pushed back to 12/03/2012 because my backround check was "not back yet from one of the counties I have lived in" I have lived in the same county for 50 something years!!! This is another recruiter lie. I wonder what her hold up is Background checks take 3-5 business days!!! They are not a new bill in Congress.

    This is what is running and controlling the Nursing Profession!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And, yes, they are contributing to the neglegence and harm of patients!!!!!!!!!!! When they fail to hire nurses because they don't know their HR coursework, for these positions they are subjecting patients to unsafe staffing conditions.

    I had an agency recruiter ask me "did I have any IV experience?"( a RN of 30 yrs hospital experience.) what does that little twit thinks hospital RN's do- apply their lipstick all day like they do on TV. From the same agency I had a recruiter tell me- that "Joint Commission mandated what recent experience means". Me knowing quite well Joint Commission has nothing to do with this "recent expereince requirement", I wrote Joint Commission an e-mail asking them. The respose I received and happily forwarded to the agency recruiter twit is That the Joint commission only requires the nurse to be qualified and competent to practice. These time mandates are set up"arbitrarily" by the facilites and these agencies filled with closet geniuses from the HR pool
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    Thank you for your inquiry.

    The Joint Commission standards do not specify the amount of total, or
    recent, experience that a nurse must have for a position. The standards
    simply state that the person must be qualified and competent to perform
    the assigned duties. At times the customer of the staffing agency, or
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    I know I can't take anymore. let someone else do nursing an put up with this crap.
    Last edit by Joe V on Apr 22, '15
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  3. Visit  kcmylorn profile page
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    Quote from rrobinson.rn
    My experince has been that degree (ADN, BSN) doesn't matter, it's who you know. I am in an ADN to MSN program and STILL cannot find a freakin job; not even on a basic med surge floor! In my current non nursing position I go to a lot of hospitals and all the nurses say the same thing - it's who you know. They are under staffed and it's because their HR dept are throwing out resumes of perfectly qualified RNs. We all know med surge right out of school so I just don't get it.
    I too have heard this. This is a real shame.
  4. Visit  kcmylorn profile page
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    These are definated causes for alarm and concern. I sincerely hope that some with more power and in a position to be able to, begins to look into them and do something about it. This is totally unfair and destructive to the Nursing profession and any nurse who is looking for employment.

    It is appauling that some one in an HR dept can be so unaware of their own coursework but can influence another profession to the degree they have- therby ruining nursing careers due to their lack of command of their own information and then throwing resumes in the trash. Maybe we nurses should all go into HR- it sounds like a really easy way to make a living and you do't have to be too bright to do it.
  5. Visit  elprup profile page
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    Sad and frustrated here as well. Hoping things will change...
  6. Visit  inforn43 profile page
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    I hope things go better for you. I am still not working either. I don't know how we are going to pay the bills anymore.
    Quote from elprup
    Sad and frustrated here as well. Hoping things will change...
  7. Visit  Aviationurse profile page
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    Ive applied for a non nursing job at the local casino....
    My hx:
    RN X 19 YEARS....CLNC.....
    the OHN job i had as contract/agency RN went bankrupt x1 year and closing the medical dept....


    been off x 3 weeks now with no calls after applying everywhere.......taking one minute at a time....absolutely no family support or friends...my friends who are older and experienced AND also disabled nurses have stopped communicating with me as they have been going to diff states just to look for job and staying with relatives.....

    not celebrating Christmas this year
  8. Visit  T-Bird78 profile page
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    LPN, out of work since March (maternity leave) but actively searching for a job in GA for 6 months. Lost count of resumes/applications online and even faxing unsolicited to smaller offices. Nearly 20 interviews all over metro Atlanta, one offer that I turned down (just not comfortable making up vital signs and other practices going on at this place), and even a staffing service hasn't come through for me. At least one major healthcare group in the area has put me in their "auto-reject" file because my online assessment didn't meet their requirements (the answers are "strongly disagree" to "strongly agree" so it's not a right/wrong thing) and I can retest in 6 months. It's very frustrating, especially this time of year.
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  9. Visit  Susie2310 profile page
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    xxxxx
    Last edit by Susie2310 on Dec 18, '12
  10. Visit  kcmylorn profile page
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    so you are in favor of studying the mating habits of the pot-bellied spotted howling gecko wombat ? just kiddin, i understand what you are saying. my random thoughts are not always the best lol[/QUOTE]

    Probably have a better chance of getting a job doing that and probably better pay.

    To answer some of the orginal question: Ive been looking for full time positon for 4 years, Have filed and been on unemployment twice. To get off unemployment, I have had to take several temp positions including an agency position( second attempt to avoid unemployment) where I was asked to do assignments 95, 87 and 109 miles from my home( each way) for 4 hour clinics which started at 7:30 AM.
    One assignement was for 8 hrs 50 mies from my home, even told I would get extra per hour for doing the assignement, did the assigment, didn't see one dime of the extra money and then the agency refused to give me my pay stub to check the hourly rate. I went back to unemployment who told me they probably pocketed the money for themselves. and to not answer the phone to them and not to answer their e-mails any more. I got my unemployment which is where I stand now. been on 3 interviews, no word yet, I don't hold out much hope for ither of them, I have 30 years experience all acute care bedside with 2 years out patient doctors office- I am considering applying to a non nursing position after the Christmas holiday in a retail store. If I do get that position i am writing my state nursing association and telling them all about it and even to a few of the newspapers. I will tell every one I come in contact that I am a nurse and this is where I have to work to pay bills and why- Hospital CEO"s like mulitmillion dollar salaries, they don't believe in hiring nurses to take care of patients. I refuse to cover up for any of them. 5 brand new hospital built in a 30 mile radius of me and there are RN's on unemployment- I went to an information session at one of the local colleges and I know there are other RN's out of work- I've talked to them. They are going back to school to get certificates and associate degrees in fields other than nursing just to get jobs. Unemployment will pay for retraining!!! There is no nursing shortage. There's no shortage of money either- it's all in the CEO's pockets. How many resumes have I sent out- too many.
    Fiscal cliff- I hope it comes, I have nothing else to lose!!But those CEO's sure do.
    I will finish my BSN which I got state aid for due to the unemployment and throw that in the brag pile to the nursing association- BSN required!! for what a clerk in a retail store!!
  11. Visit  kcmylorn profile page
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    Quote from T-Bird78
    LPN, out of work since March (maternity leave) but actively searching for a job in GA for 6 months. Lost count of resumes/applications online and even faxing unsolicited to smaller offices. Nearly 20 interviews all over metro Atlanta, one offer that I turned down (just not comfortable making up vital signs and other practices going on at this place), and even a staffing service hasn't come through for me. At least one major healthcare group in the area has put me in their "auto-reject" file because my online assessment didn't meet their requirements (the answers are "strongly disagree" to "strongly agree" so it's not a right/wrong thing) and I can retest in 6 months. It's very frustrating, especially this time of year.
    That has to United Healthcare- I took that test also. I am not sure if I am on their auto reject list. I will try it to see.
  12. Visit  kcmylorn profile page
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    Quote from Aviationurse
    Ive applied for a non nursing job at the local casino....
    My hx:
    RN X 19 YEARS....CLNC.....
    the OHN job i had as contract/agency RN went bankrupt x1 year and closing the medical dept....


    been off x 3 weeks now with no calls after applying everywhere.......taking one minute at a time....absolutely no family support or friends...my friends who are older and experienced AND also disabled nurses have stopped communicating with me as they have been going to diff states just to look for job and staying with relatives.....

    not celebrating Christmas this year

    You are not alone- I'm in a similar boat. I got screwed by an agency- promised me extra money per hour for doing a shift no one wanted- then they refused to give me my pay stub and I know I didn't get the extra money. Went to unemployment. I got my unemployment.I have been applying everywhere too- career builders, RN for 30 years - all bedside acute care except last 2 years doctors office which is why I can't get back to the hospital/out too long. Some facilities, I applied directly to their websites. I've been out for approx 3 weeks also. Been on 3 interviews- I don't think i got any of the positions. I am going to start applying to non nursing positions too after the holiday this week when things open up again- a retail chain for a clerk. That is about all I can do at this point.

    no Christmas here either. Not even a tree.
  13. Visit  rksgray13 profile page
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    Lost 2 jobs this year. Out for 2 months basically and now 4 months with this one. I have apps out, hand delivered resumes, Interview and offer decline with a long shot MDS at local NH, 1 interview with psych hospital. I was offered the job along with charge and diff, night/wked spot with shift diff, 15 min from home, pretty good pay considering, and just PERFECT. except for my childcare and school morning on mon. I was up front in the interview and with HR when offered the job. Childcare fell through and I scrambled only to fall short. they rescinded the offer. Still upset about that. This was halloween. 12 yrs nursing, 9 as LPN in offices, agencies, and specialty clinics. 2 1/2 yrs RN with majority in medical onc (as new grad), agencies, private duty, home health field nurse, and home infusions. Live in North MS and most work is out of Memphis, TN. So gas money, night shifts, 3 kids (second born first sem RN school, 3rd born 11 months after grad), SO drives a truck (also lost 3 jobs this year), 2012 sucks! The only jobs I see offering are dialysis, OR, travel, and hospital 12 hr shifts. Childcare is a big issue so exploring alternative sitters. We have a 5 floor hospital opening next year 10 min from home, a nursing home 7 minutes from home (applied her twice, 1 interview no luck), brand new assisted living 15 min from home, yet memphis is where the openings are. I did read a review very recently where they plan on raising mim wage to over $12/hr and the need to pay nurses more and hire more to reduce nurse-pt ratio. I agree. White collar hospital in a popularity contest line corporate pockets while less than blue collar (really) struggle and comprise their own sanity to survive day to day. Why does corporate get or need cushion while we do the dirty work? Take their incentives, cush, and perk/bonues and then recruit/keep your nurses. Boost on economy, happy nurses means happy work/home, etc etc. Look at exp and potential not friendship. Hate those "who you know" places. Let me in, and then we shall know one another. I have even thought of a masters in anesthesia, educate, family, and acute care then starting my own agency or practice. Work one, staff the other as an ower, and help nurses excel and love nursing as it should be. Thanks~ completelyfrustratedinms
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