*UNEMPLOYED NURSES* - page 18

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  lmburton profile page
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    Have you thought about Travel nursing?
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  2. Visit  lmburton profile page
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    I work for a Travel Healthcare company send me a PM
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  3. Visit  lmburton profile page
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    How much experience do you have?
  4. Visit  kittiehasclaws profile page
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    I have been searching for a nursing job for 6months. I have filled out hundreds of applications, had 2 interviews. Nothing has panned out.

    I tried hospital work right after graduation and I guess I'm just not cut out for it. The stress and long shifts were just too much for me. So I've been trying to get a job in a clinic. Problem is they do not hire RNs for clinic positions in my town. I have noticed that there are tons of LPN positions open in my area. I really want to work in a clinic, and I don't care if I make LPN wages (it's better than what I'm making as a waitress). For some reason, nobody wants to hire an RN to work as an LPN. I don't understand what the big deal is. So I would technically be overqualified, aren't I overqualified to be a waitress? So what would I have to do to be able to work as an LPN? Could I take the certification exam for an LPN? It's either work as an LPN or move to a city, which is impossible because of my husband's job. Or live with the fact that I went through hell and back to make it through nursing school and ended up with $35K in student loan debt (which I can barely afford to make the payments on) all for nothing. I feel like I'm in a really impossible situation. Any suggestions are appreciated. Right now I feel like the decision to become a nurse was the worst decision I've ever made.
  5. Visit  hotflashion profile page
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    On the topic of RN working at LPN level, I have done this. As a new grad RN and then a (stale or) lightly experienced one, I have occasionally applied for LPN jobs. If the ad is for LPNs only but sounds like a job I'd really like (usually because of the job setting), I apply anyway. I usually start my cover letter stating that I am aware they are advertising for an LPN and ask them to consider me anyway. I've gotten some interviews this way and of the two "permanent" jobs I got, one was advertising for an LPN, the other was advertising for either/or/both. Both jobs sucked, but that might be a coincidence. Usually what happens is during the interview, they decide I will not be happy with the job duties or the pay and I am dropped from consideration.

    I find nothing wrong with working at an LPN level of responsibility; I actually think it would be ideal for new RN jobs to be interchangable with LPN jobs, as the first rung on the RN career ladder. Get those technical, direct-care skills down before progressing to tasks and responsibilities of greater complexity. It would seem to me to be a win-win for the employer; you have someone to do the "grunt" work, who will learn your system, and you can promote them when they reach whatever level of competency you require.

    Earning lower wages is better than no wages! Some of my nursing classmates -- who have jobs, of course -- get mad at me whan I tell them I apply to LPN jobs. I've met some smart LPNs. And I've seen many LPN jobs advertised. I kind of wished I'd gone that route myself. But like kittiehasclasw, nursing school was tough, I have no job, a huge debt, and feel similarly about my decision to become a nurse.

    I'm pretty sure I'll be doing something other than nursing in the new year.

    Good luck to everyone here.
    Last edit by hotflashion on Jan 15, '13 : Reason: correct a misspelling
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  6. Visit  CrunchRN profile page
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    Hope you find something soon.
  7. Visit  High School Teacher profile page
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    I am not a nurse, but a high school English teacher who has a large number of students planning on persuing a B.S. R.N. This isn't a new trend, and I have always encouraged their choice, but I read the article on CNN today and am quite concerned. I've read several pages here, and my heart goes out to those you still looking for a job. I hope you will indulge me with some addditional information, so that I might share it with students who may want to reconsider before they take on college loans for a degree that isn't as reliable as most articles suggest. Please bear with my ignorance. Are there are other degrees in the medical field that you would suggest to high school seniors that might result in better employment possibilities? Are there areas of specialization in nursing that can be followed in college that improve job chances? - - Please don't take this question wrong, but it does enter my mind. For the very first time this year, I have three young men that are planning on a nursing degree. I know there should not be, but is there any gender preference in the field? I have a son in engineering, and female engineers are a hot commodity for scholarships, internships, and jobs as the profession is actively trying to recruit females, so I thought the reverse might be true in nursing. Finally, what other information might you have to pass along to my students who are interested in nursing as a career? I appreciate any and all feedback very much, as will my students. - - as an afterthought, we are in North Texas, about an hour from Dallas. Best wishes to you in your job searches!
  8. Visit  inforn43 profile page
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    Thank you for the opportunity to share this information with young people. I have worked in health care all my life and I think that young people should think before getting into the field. It is very hard to find work right now there are many promises of a bright future for the profession but not now. If it does get better those jobs are going to be working with the elderly, so the students should know that they need to realize that they might have to work in long term care, those are not very glamorous jobs. Health care is very demanding physically and there might come a point where they cannot work in some jobs because they can become injured. About the young men that want to go into nursing, that is awesome. Personally, I believe that there needs to be more male nurses for many reasons. If I were hiring I would give males preference. I have only done hiring in long term care so I cannot speak for all fields of nursing. I do think that HIT is really the way to go so I would advise taking as many computer classes as they can.
    Please ignore my grammar
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  9. Visit  goomer profile page
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    I am seeing a lot of posts on here that sound so familiar.

    I have just gotten my MSN this past summer, all the while being at home with a baby/toddler/preschooler. My son is now in kindergarten and while I have kept my Nursing credential active, along with the ACLS/BLS certs, the fact I have not had an active nursing shift since my agency went under some years ago has put me in that stale category.

    I am more than willing to shift out of ER into ANYthing else practically, but right now there just don't seem to be a lot of jobs out there at all! We want to relocate to Alaska, but in order to do that I need an AK RN license, which apparently can't be done without 320 contact hours within the past three years, of which I do not have. It seems that Masters I worked so hard for is turning out to be useless, and like another poster mentions, having been out of the loop for several years, I don't really know anyone any longer. Who you know is usually the best indicator of your likelihood of getting picked for the interview and whatnot.

    Because my son is in kindergarten and I am alone with him for much of the time, a lot of those travel options are out. I just don't know what to do....this is extremely disheartening!!

    I feel everyone's pain right now.
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  10. Visit  High School Teacher profile page
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    Thanks so much for the input! I will pass it along to my students.
  11. Visit  netglow profile page
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    You are great for taking an interest in keeping your students from harm. I know that sounds harsh, but it really is horrible if you cannot pay that debt, and having a nursing degree gets you absolutely nothing other than a nursing job. And if you don't get that, you are screwed SOL.

    I'd rec that they get another degree outside of healthcare, and then should things change by some miracle, they can go back to college for nursing. I just want to see your students not be shunned from other jobs just because of a nursing degree. I want them to have half a chance at paying their loans. I'd also add that, if they can go slowly and keep whatever job they currently have (if they do) see if there is a local CC that will transfer to a big U any gen ed courses possible. This, so that they can keep a lid on expenses and never quit that job while in school if possible. You see, that little crummy job they have is more than many adults have right now.
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  12. Visit  dspacc profile page
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    So here is my story related to unemployment...I worked in a NICU as an RN from 1995-2008. I worked full time mostly until 2007 when i went per diem (the same postion) after my children were born. That was a BIG mistake. After that, the perdiem use was so low, i barely worked. eventually i was forced to leave that position, they phased out per diems. So that is 13 years of NICU. currently, i work a homecare case pediatric, for 10 years now. (worked that along with the NICU)
    I have been out of the NICU for 4 years total now.
    I honestly thought i would have NO problem getting back into a NICU or peds area with all my experience. I am WRONG. I have been on only 2 interviews (one with the hospital i used to work at!) and just got my second rejection email today. No reason why i am not getting hired. Only i was not "chosen".
    I am so disheartened. It was a job I absolutely LOVED. I dont know how i will ever get a job in a NICU or hospital at this point, because the time gets longer as the days go on. Another bad thing is i live in NY. half of the hospitals here on Long Island are owned by the hospital that wont hire me. Its a monopoly basically, or a mecca.
    I so wish I can be told WHY i do not get hired. But they dont have to tell you, do they?
    Im gonna keep applying. maybe one day Ill get a shot.
  13. Visit  Esme12 profile page
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    Quote from goomer
    I am seeing a lot of posts on here that sound so familiar.

    I have just gotten my MSN this past summer, all the while being at home with a baby/toddler/preschooler. My son is now in kindergarten and while I have kept my Nursing credential active, along with the ACLS/BLS certs, the fact I have not had an active nursing shift since my agency went under some years ago has put me in that stale category.

    I am more than willing to shift out of ER into ANYthing else practically, but right now there just don't seem to be a lot of jobs out there at all! We want to relocate to Alaska, but in order to do that I need an AK RN license, which apparently can't be done without 320 contact hours within the past three years, of which I do not have. It seems that Masters I worked so hard for is turning out to be useless, and like another poster mentions, having been out of the loop for several years, I don't really know anyone any longer. Who you know is usually the best indicator of your likelihood of getting picked for the interview and whatnot.

    Because my son is in kindergarten and I am alone with him for much of the time, a lot of those travel options are out. I just don't know what to do....this is extremely disheartening!!

    I feel everyone's pain right now.
    Just for what it is worth......for a license by endorsement in Alaska it isn't contact hours they state that you need to have been employed as a RN with a valid license in good standing with at least 320 hours of working as a nurse with patients.....OR have valid proof of continuing education requirements OR take a board approved refresher course. So youi really are not out of luck. Application for Registered Nurse by Endorsement - Alaska ...
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