Fired After Fifty: Redux - page 6

Several years ago when I was laid off from my LTC job due to low census, I remember despairing of ever finding another job. I was in my early fifties then. At the time I had a bad knee that had ended... Read More

  1. by   jtmarcy12
    Quote from MrChicagoRN
    Hang in there. I know what it's like to be in the job market after 50. I've both hired over 50, and been hired.

    It's important to keep your skills up, and be able to articulate this with a positive manner.

    Since turning 50, I've been the recipient of restructuring...twice

    ...from the same organization.

    I've also earned my masters, and am in a job I really like

    You can do it!
    Hi Mr C.. may I ask what did you get your masters in? How long did it take you? Did you go to class or online only? I am glad for you that you was able to accomplish this hugh task of getting your masters.
  2. by   VivaLasViejas
    I so appreciate everyone's efforts to help me! I'm getting so much positive energy from you all that I'm beginning to feel like maybe I CAN do this after all.

    Even my psychiatrist is getting in on the act; he's actually not a bad job coach. He gave me some excellent advice on how to handle the tough questions in an interview, and discuss the way my last job ended without flat-out disclosing the specifics of my illness. He even offered to help me 'rehearse' interview questions during our therapy sessions. Heck, I may not need Voc Rehab after all!

    But I'm still going to pursue it. My state's economy is basically an agrarian one, which means other industries tend to lag behind during a recovery, so the job market is extremely tight here. Meanwhile, I'm continuing to put out applications and resumes, and just for fun, I entered a blogging contest while cooling my heels here at home---who knows, if I can get more exposure out there in the larger world, some publishing Pooh-Bah might take notice. It's a longshot, but why not? All I have to do is write 30 posts in 30 days......Lord knows I have the time. I'll also keep myself busy with writing articles here as well.
  3. by   pfchang
    Viva, some time ago, I saw a job posting for nurses to write for an online nurse education company. I think it was for scenarios, practice tests, things like that. I have no idea what the name of the company was but maybe a Google search would turn up something like that.
  4. by   Marisette
    "I have a new reply today Tuesday my disability payments from LTD was cease on June15. WOW! they said I am no longer disabled because I CAN do some type of work like case management, even though I injured my back at work and I can't get hired because I do not have any Cm experience. My doctor agreed I could do CM, I am a little older than you so imagine what I will have to deal with now. No money and no job. " (jtmarcy12)

    OMG, I often wondered what would happen if I had to apply for unemployment with my bad back. So they would tell me to get a case management job? So how would they respond if they are informed that the nurse was not successful in getting employed as a case manager. I imagine, they would advise the nurse to go to walmart and try working as a cashier. I have a bad back thanks to many years of nursing, but I take medications, and lift carefully or ask for help discreetly because I would never risk telling my employer. They will not allow an employee to return to work unless they have complete medical clearance to return to work without restriction. I was forced to take sick leave once and the orthopedic md gave me complete clearance to go back to work, although I was not well. I guess it was easier to complete my employers paper work than disability documentation. Gradually, my back improved and I have managed to remain employed with medication, going straight to bed after work.. I hate to be a spoiler, but nursing does not offer job security or long term employment. It's kinda like being a Air traffic controller minus the salary and retirement benefits. I hear Air traffic controllers are retired by the government before they age.
    Last edit by Marisette on Jun 3, '13 : Reason: clarification on traffic controller
  5. by   pfchang
    Case management is not that easy to get into. I've been trying and most jobs want at least 2 yrs of experience.
  6. by   pfchang
    Viva, I don't know your background except that you want to write. I just found this: Nurse Analyst/Writer (RN) | MMC Strategic Staffing Job Opening | ZipRecruiter
  7. by   VivaLasViejas
    Thank you for this referral. I'm not in TX and I am vastly under-qualified for the position, but what it does is open my eyes to a completely different type of nursing AND writing work I didn't even know existed! How cool is THAT??
  8. by   Aviationurse
    Viva...I am praying and rooting for you....I just started working in the jail x 7 weeks in the pm slot with a demon possessed nurse manager....she wont allow request/ switch etc.....the younger nurses all 7 of them got days...the 50 year old nurse with 28 years of experience internationally and 20 years in my state and a minority/ asian ethnicity background got pulled to pms FULL TIME even though I originally applied for days....its sad but i am taking one day at a time and fighting depression everyday
  9. by   VivaLasViejas
    I'm sorry to hear that, Aviationurse. Sounds like they're setting you up to fail, or making it difficult for you so that you'll quit. I HATE that managers do that to older nurses so's like they want to put us out to pasture.

    Still not having any luck on the job hunt myself. Not even a phone call, let alone an interview, and I'm already a full month into my UI benefits. I think part of the problem lies with the fact that I've been working at the executive level and now want to work in a less responsible capacity........that always set off MY radar as a hiring manager, too. I'd get immediately suspicious if, say, an experienced medication aide who'd earned $14 an hour at her previous place of employment wanted to work for me as a caregiver at $8.50. So I can understand why some employers might be a little reluctant to look at someone with my track record.

    In a way, though, I'm thankful that I'm not working right now. My sister, who up till now has lived with me, has been having major health issues over the past year and fell a few weeks ago, fracturing her right acetabulum and necessitating a stint in a SNF. She now needs to move to assisted living, and to say that she is highly resistive to this is the understatement of the decade. I spend nearly every day driving back and forth to the nursing facility to bring her stuff, visit for a while, and take clothes back home to wash, and all she can do is snipe incessantly at me and sneak pills out of her purse when she thinks she's not getting all her pain meds.

    Today she fumbled her purse and the pill bottles rolled under the bed, where the CNA saw them and reported them to the nurse. The nurse reported the incident to the care manager, who then called to report it to me and ask what I wanted done about it. I asked her to try and get my sister to give them up and have them locked in the safe; if she wouldn't, then I'd come in and get them myself. I haven't heard anything back, so I have to assume they succeeded in getting the meds out of her hands. In the meantime, I haven't heard a squeak out of her all day---I've been busy trying to clean the garbage out of her bedroom in order to make it easier to move her to ALF---and I know she doesn't want to hear what I have to say about the pill incident.

    So much drama, so little time.......yes, I'm glad I don't have to try to work full-time AND manage my sister's issues at the same time, or they'd have to reserve a bed for me in the psych ward. Everything happens for a reason.
  10. by   Esme12