*UNEMPLOYED NURSES* - page 7

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  bree* profile page
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    Quote from desonta
    They didn't offer me the $12 an hour job. They hired someone else. Sadly, I would have taken it if they had. Don't know how I would have paid the mortgage, though.
    Wow that's completely frustrating. Like I said..I used to waitress at a breakfast place and make double that. Sure, my hours were set at about 30 hours per week...but it was a pretty decent paycheck and I can't say I was terribly stressed. Ya don't really know stress until you get into nursing school lol. Now everything seems much easier .
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    Quote from satritize
    The more I read this thread, the more I regret my BSN.

    Right now I have basically a worthless piece of paper that I paid $80,000 for.
    Hey there! I feel your frustration. While I did not complete my BSN (I'm a LPN) I am still a little bothered by the fact that I wasted any time. In fact, that bothers me much more than the insane tuition that I paid..just for my LPN!

    However, I have found that I am slowly being able to let go of the regret and anger by being big enough to admit to myself...this field isn't what is was cracked up to be and it's not going to get better any time soon. I refuse to be in denial and "hope" for another 2+ years that I will land a nursing job, because in another 2+ years I know I'll really have a reason to be angry if I wasted more time on nursing.

    Am I still applying to jobs? Sure. It doesn't hurt to shoot your resume around. But in the meantime, I am applying EVERYWHERE. Reception, customer service, hotel housecleaning, waitress positions, administrative assistant positions, tutoring, nanny/daycare assistants, etc. <<<Do you notice that a nurse does pretty much all of those jobs and gets paid for one?

    I welcome any stable paycheck at this point. I think I'm lucky because I took the LPN route and rejected the RN program. I don't have any current tuition debt and I don't have any major bills to pay because I have always lived WELL below my means. At same time, it's a tid bit depressing because I have wasted a few years on nursing and have watched many of my peers enjoy themselves, travel, party, get married, start families/have babies, and here I am with not much to show for.

    I try to look at the bright side, like I said...no tuition debt and no huge bills to pay..but I feel stagnant. I don't want to just live to survive. I would like to progress and admitting that nursing doesn't offer that has taken a huge weight off my shoulders. I feel very lucky to have figured that out as quickly as I did.
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  4. Visit  netglow profile page
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    This is such a great thread! I think that it is important that we let people know the real deal.

    Nursing edu is becoming just like all the other garbage that you see on daytime TV. Advertisements for: Culinary school, Careers in healthcare (MA, HIT, front desk), Crime investigation, Interior Design, Fashion Design, etc. They should just add nursing to this set of cheese. Hey, if there is a sitcom on TV about it you can be sure there will be some college offering you a way to do just what your favorite stars are doing on TV!!! What an exciting life!! It can be yours if you call this 1-800 number, NOW!
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    Quote from onaclearday
    This is such a great thread! I think that it is important that we let people know the real deal.

    Nursing edu is becoming just like all the other garbage that you see on daytime TV. Advertisements for: Culinary school, Careers in healthcare (MA, HIT, front desk), Crime investigation, Interior Design, Fashion Design, etc. They should just add nursing to this set of cheese. Hey, if there is a sitcom on TV about it you can be sure there will be some college offering you a way to do just what your favorite stars are doing on TV!!! What an exciting life!! It can be yours if you call this 1-800 number, NOW!
    Lol, omg I could have written that. You took the idea straight from my head . You are SPOT on, but there are still a lot of people who haven't seen it for what it is. I'm really glad I started this thread. It gives people a place to come to and know that they aren't alone and that there isn't ANYTHING wrong with them and EVERYTHING wrong with this "profession".
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    Quote from platinum*
    But if they did that, they wouldn't be raking in all that overpriced nursing tuition! So the downward trend continues. I'm glad I'm doing my research on this field now. I thought I had it bad in the childcare field, but after reading this thread, I feel extraordinarily lucky!
    i worked in a daycare after h.s. and i loved it! much more job satisfaction than nsg, for sure.
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    Quote from lperkrn
    Check this out
    "California's nursing shortage hasn't been fixed"

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl...EDQP1HIIDK.DTL

    I'd say the writer is missing a huge piece--all the unemployed new grads. This writer needs to have a rebuttal. Anyone???
    You can leave a comment on that site - I did. (you do have to register which is a pia) IMHO, that article was poorly written and seemed to contradict itself.
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    Quote from hope3456
    i worked in a daycare after h.s. and i loved it! much more job satisfaction than nsg, for sure.
    One of my friends is finishing her Childhood Education degree and makes $12/hr as a preschool assistant and she is happier than anyone I know. Her job is SO easy. Ok..well, easy if you love kiddos . Once she finishes, they have a supervisor position that pays $17/hr. I know it's not a lot of money by any means, but the fact is, she's happy and employed..not many nurses can say that these days.
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  9. Visit  bree* profile page
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    Sigh, just got back from running errands and stopped by a Rehabilitation Facility to ask them if they needed nurse volunteers. The assistant manager snickered and said something in tagalog to one of the employees and practically glared at me and said "No, we don't need any volunteers. There are no openings." I guess you had to have been there. I'm trying..but it's really demeaning to be a "part" of this field...if you can even call it that at this point.
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    Quote from bree*
    Sigh, just got back from running errands and stopped by a Rehabilitation Facility to ask them if they needed nurse volunteers. The assistant manager snickered and said something in tagalog to one of the employees and practically glared at me and said "No, we don't need any volunteers. There are no openings." I guess you had to have been there. I'm trying..but it's really demeaning to be a "part" of this field...if you can even call it that at this point.
    I know what you mean, I feel like people are laughing behind my back when I go in to apply for a job, oh weel I just applied for an administrative asst job at a insurance brokers office, hopefully I will get it and put this nightmare behind me, I am so discouraged and disgusted I really don't want to apply to anymore jobs and know they are throwing my resume in the garbage as soon as i leave or just about laughing in my face I am done, with all of it.
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    Quote from mb1949
    I know what you mean, I feel like people are laughing behind my back when I go in to apply for a job, oh weel I just applied for an administrative asst job at a insurance brokers office, hopefully I will get it and put this nightmare behind me, I am so discouraged and disgusted I really don't want to apply to anymore jobs and know they are throwing my resume in the garbage as soon as i leave or just about laughing in my face I am done, with all of it.
    Laughing at me is the biggest sense of acknowledgment I've gotten so far. I doubt most employers even read my resume. I'm also disgusted with this field and I am glad you're doing something about it instead of waiting around like a fool and "hoping".
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    Quote from bree*
    That's exactly why I stopped at LPN! I got to see nursing for what it is. I swear the hospitals I was at were literally 90%+ foreign nurses. How do I know? You can barely understand their English! I just don't understand why they are still hiring foreigners with all of these capable/willing U.S. nurses.
    How in the world does this statement justify your educational aspirations?

    Your stopped at LPN because of what you saw?Let me understand this from your perspective, are you saying your "destiny" for want of a better word, was curtailed because of another human being(s) seperate from you?

    Unbelievable.If I understood it correctly and that was your reasoning, then that was not a good one.
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    Quote from Katie5
    How in the world does this statement justify your educational aspirations?

    Your stopped at LPN because of what you saw?Let me understand this from your perspective, are you saying your "destiny" for want of a better word, was curtailed because of another human being(s) seperate from you?

    Unbelievable.If I understood it correctly and that was your reasoning, then that was not a good one.
    What do you find so unbelievable? Why does it bother you that I was smart enough to stop after I finished my LPN and reject my acceptance into the RN program? We're talking about unemployed nurses here! If you want to ask me a personal question, private message me. You're nitpicking on a personal decision.
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  14. Visit  southeRNyankeee profile page
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    Quote from bree*
    What do you find so unbelievable? Why does it bother you that I was smart enough to stop after I finished my LPN and reject my acceptance into the RN program? We're talking about unemployed nurses here! If you want to ask me a personal question, private message me. You're nitpicking on a personal decision.
    You are a cheerleader of negativity.

    You come here and says how you hate other nurses and that they are bitter and disgusting. You say the field is pathetic, that the "crummy reality" is that nursing is "just not the best field out there", and then when folks try to counteract your negativity you say they are in denial. However, it looks like you just passed your PN boards last month? How can you be so disgusted with a field you haven't even really yet been a part of? Sure we all have friends that can lend insight, but if you rely so heavily on that insight then why did you go through that year of school in the first place? I'm sure you saw that your friends were having problems getting employed a year ago.

    You'll also see that this is not really a problem unique to nursing. New grads from all professions are having difficulties. It's all very sad.

    You say you were smart enough to reject your RN school acceptance. I can't say I agree. School is a way to make some connections, and maybe land a job as an LPN while you're there. LPN experience can look good on your resume. Also, the outlook might be a little better in 3 years.

    Or, you could always go back to what you used to do. Really, in the grand scheme of things a year isn't all that long and nursing school could be a blip in your rear view if you choose to go back. Remember with the economy though that going back isn't always that easy.

    I guess I don't understand the hostility against the profession when you've been licensed less than a month.
    Last edit by southeRNyankeee on Feb 5, '11 : Reason: Autocorrect..grrr


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