Quote from dspacc
I see it is a common issue amoung nurses now. I graduated in 1995. I worked in a hospital on long island from 1995-2008. I left after my children were born. At that time, it was not too difficult to get a job. I did also work for a pediatric home care case, since 2002. So I have not had a lapse in nursing job. So currently i work in pediatric home care. I am desperately trying to get back into a hosptial setting. I interviewed at 2 hosptials for the NICU only to be turned down due to the reason of being out of the hospital for 4 years.
Apparenlty, hospitals do not see the homecare as being current experience.
Has anyone had similar experiences? I am pretty much devestated that i will not be able to wowrk in a hospital again.
If anyone has advice I would love to hear your story and how you were able to re-enter the hospital setting
Unfortunately I have spoken a great length with my old nurse manager from the NICU. she is definitly giving me pointers on how to go about gettting a job, howeverk, she is honest enough to tell me the market is super saturated and most places will not even LOOK at me since i do not have "recent" experience in a hospital. ( i had 13 years NICU until 2008)
I have applied to every postion available at all hosptials that would fit my need (PEDS, NICU mother baby) and nothing!!
I think it really also may be a NY thing, where our market is so saturated with nurses.
My manager is honest, and tells me it will not be easy at all to get a job in a hospital. even my old unit will not hire me back because i have been out for almost 5 years now.
It is a horrible situation to be in as a nurse, to have 17 years experience, never left the field and yet cant get a job in a hospital.
I wanted to hear from other nurses with similar situations.
Im debating taking a nurse refresher. Even though i have been in pediatric homecare, they do not consider this "experience"