I can see your plight but you are trying to make progress. Give yourself credit for that.
The economy is bad and that makes the job market that much tighter.
I'm 56 myself and I guess I never thought of my self as "older" until I started having knee problems last year. I have worked in hospitals for years.
Now I work for Hospice and this is much less demanding physically and a larger organization may need your degree.
If you have your heart set on a hospital then you just have to keep pounding on the door and hopefully someone will let you in.
There is a prejudice about nursing homes, LTACS and HHC in the hospital setting.
Unfortunately thats the way it is.
Maybe you could do nights again and then wait for a job to transfer into that will value your education?
I'm considering going back to nights for a while myself even though I said "never again"
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I am 52, can't work 12 hr shift or nights, just don't have it in me anymore. I am currently studying for my MSN, trying to find a job that is not so physically demanding. I am certified in gerontology, have a certificate in patient advocacy and am also working on being a HIT trainer. I almost don't care what I do as long as it is days and not shift work. What kind of job can I get? I have applied for over 100 jobs. Most of my experience is in home health which I think killed alot of my possibilities. No one seems to understand what a HHC nurse does, therefore do not value it. I think I may be wasting my time on school now, I don't know what direction to go. How do I get in the door of a hospital, no one will call me except for those night shift jobs that new nurses have to take. I hate to say it but I've already put my time in on that kind of work. I am confident and skilled and knowledgeable and a great communicator. I also dress very professionallyand am neat in appearance and manner. So what do I need to do to get a good day job?