*UNEMPLOYED NURSES* - page 17

by bree*

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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 experience do you have? Where are... Read More


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    Quote from $arah,RN
    RN graduated with a 3.8 gpa in 12/2010. Seattle area!! Over 200 applications, 1 call with 1 interview, and although it was for a new grad/residency position, they went with the experienced candidate. My classmates who are getting hired either already worked at the facility or know someone high enough on the food chain to get them in.... Currently I am barely getting by waiting tables... And, I quit a decent paying job to go to nursing school, and for what? for $20,000 in loan debt, oh and the ability to utilize critical thinking!!
    I have been able to find work in two places to hopefully gain the experience that will eventually qualify me for a good paying job. One is home health and the other is the care of the elderly. I know these are not the highest paying nursing jobs but you got to start somewhere I guess. I feel like I too was duped by all these money makers that get us to pay them money promising employment only to discover that our credentials are worthless in the eyes of these nuts who are doing the hiring and yes, I am calling them nuts.

    I have proven to myself that I am a good nurse. I needed that because of all of these rejections. But suffice it to say that it is not nurses who are hiring us. It is these outsourcing agencies and people who know nothing about what it takes to be a nurse who are doing the hiring and firing. They are judging us based on what? I would REALLY like to know because I am clueless how they can send me 400 letters stating that there are other candidates more qualified when a) the job sits on their employment board for months after this and b) who are they comparing me to and without ever meeting me? How do they know if that candidate is "more qualified?"

    I want to say too that I can't pass these interviews from these people once I get past that process. When you ask me what's the worst thing that happened to me, the first thing that comes to my mind is the worst thing that's happened to me. But that is the wrong answer. So then I'm lying to get a job? What does that say about me if I'm telling you the most mundane thing I can think of and how it helped me improve myself and my character? BS!!!
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    I am very fortunate as my job search experience has been positive. Now, this has come with some sacrifice. When I first graduated I had to leave my home of 27 years to relocate in order to get a nursing position. I sort of looked at it as going away to college (lol...at my age). But it has now given me the option to move back home, however, I've decided to stay where I am. there are nursing jobs out there, but in my situation, I found it took relocating to get my start. For those of you searching...it may be something to consider.
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    Well, here's my strategy: I'm going to start as a volunteer for the employer I would like to work for. Crazy? Yes, maybe 4 or 5 years ago in the days of sign-on bonuses and hiring frenzy (this employer, like many, is currently not hiring at all). Nowadays it may be one of the only ways to get a decent job.

    It's very difficult for me to find a job that will work for me due to family obligations. But I'm hoping that something will come out of this. Hospices actually need volunteers (to be able to get funding), so they value them very much. It'll be nice to be appreciated, for once, even if the financial payoff is - for now - naught.

    And no matter what comes out of this, I'll be able to put it on my resume. (Meanwhile, I'm getting by by tapping into my 401k from a previous employer; gotta do what you gotta do, I need the money more now that in the future. Taking a stop-gap job at Walmart wouldn't help me at all!)

    Best of luck to all of us looking for work in this rotten job market!

    DeLana

    P.S. The wild cat days that employers are currently enjoying and exploiting will come to an end; this is inevitable. And then they will pay... or find themselves without desperately needed nurses, because we owe loyalty to no one, especially not those who treated us the way they are currently doing it! We won't forget, and we won't forgive.
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    I was out of steady work for 7 months last year until I found a good job in November.
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    I have also tried being in the home care field of nursing. All I can say is HORRIBLE! Few hours available, never a steady paycheck, and traveling all over creation to different assignments. Going into someone's home is a field of its own. You can be an excellent nurse of many talents, and dependable/caring etc.., but for whatever reason, you get kicked off the case, and most of the time, for NO REASON! Its exasperating trying to find other work after being in homecare. No one thinks homecare work qualifies you to do anything but babysit...not true, but the perception makes me regret my transition into homecare in the first place. The RN job market is gloomy with or without expereince. With over 10 yrs of experience, hospitals will still tell me I cant be hired because I have been out of acute care for too long. Always an excuse, but the real reason is hospitals wont spend the money to staff properly. At this point, I am seeking work outside of nursing, I can live without the aggravation. I want a refund from my nursing school.
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    I too went the home care route, after months of looking for work, this was or is not my ideal job, the person I work for uses me as a babysitter, my shift was supposed to end at 5pm, I was there to 7-8 oclock on too many occasions, yet when my sister in law passed away i called her asap to tell her I wouldn't be in she called and complained to my agency, that did it for me, I give up maybe nursing isn;t for me, but I will try something else for a while
    JeanettePNP and looking for work like this.
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    Pediatric Homecare is usually a state funded/ medicaid service for lazy parents who refuse to take care of their "special needs" child. It is essentially glorified babysitting at an outrageous cost to the taxpayer.....and most of these kids have long since reached maximum potential. The parents are non-appreciative. One mom screamed at me because her kids' pigtail holders didnt match. It should be outlawed. It is doled out to these parents so that they can go to work. However, I found most of them dont work at all. If they need help, it should be a babysitter not a nurse.
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    Quote from looking for work
    Pediatric Homecare is usually a state funded/ medicaid service for lazy parents who refuse to take care of their "special needs" child. It is essentially glorified babysitting at an outrageous cost to the taxpayer.....and most of these kids have long since reached maximum potential. The parents are non-appreciative. One mom screamed at me because her kids' pigtail holders didnt match. It should be outlawed. It is doled out to these parents so that they can go to work. However, I found most of them dont work at all. If they need help, it should be a babysitter not a nurse.
    OMG how true, the one I worked for chewed me out like I would light into one of my kids, because I couldn't find the shirt she wanted the child to wear, and once more because I didn;t take her garbage down stairs when I left her house, it is a joke, I agreed she needs a home health aide, she can do everything better than me anyway, never listens to anything I say, and generally treats me like a servant.
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    I just finished my second week at my new job...before that I was unemployed for five months. I have a BSN and six years of experience, and I left a good job when we had to relocate with the military. I probably put in 50 applications before I got this job but let me tell you the wait was SO worth it.
    Last edit by EarthChild1130 on Apr 10, '11 : Reason: left out something
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    Quote from mb1949
    OMG how true, the one I worked for chewed me out like I would light into one of my kids, because I couldn't find the shirt she wanted the child to wear, and once more because I didn;t take her garbage down stairs when I left her house, it is a joke, I agreed she needs a home health aide, she can do everything better than me anyway, never listens to anything I say, and generally treats me like a servant.
    This is true sometimes, not all the time. I met many parents that never raised their voices and understood completely why I was there; however, I do know the type of parent you are speaking of. One of those had me fired for not changing a diaper. That is one thing I dislike about pediatric agency work. It had nothing to with being wet because of a diaper but a gaping hole where the mickey button used to be. There are a LOT of children who are in really bad shape. My point though is if we tick these people off for any little offense, the agency has us removed from the case and we are once again out of work. So if you want to get a paycheck, you're forced to be the maid, nanny, babysitter, and everything else in between to make the parents happy. It is absolutely absurd.
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