*UNEMPLOYED NURSES* - page 3

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 regularRN
    This thread is borderline racist - moderators, please moderate.
    Hmmm..not seeing it that way.
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    Quote from lovelynyc
    Hi everyone I am an RN in NYC graduated May 2009 and have applied to over 300+ positions in just about every area. Iíve put in applications at hospitals, flu clinics, LTC, schools, MD offices, etc. I am currently also volunteering and this may be a dead end as well. Apparently the facility has many applicants within the hospital and not enough openings. And unfortunately volunteers are considered external candidates. It is very frustrating because I keep hearing from recruiters that Iíve been out of school for almost 2 years and thatís a major concern for them. Iíve even had someone mention that its possible I donít interview well. How can I not interview well if no one will give me a chance to interview??Ö

    Iíve had 3 total interviews, one had no positions to offer me, and the second was looking for someone with experience. The third is my most recent and I am currently trying to follow up. I was supposed to receive a second interview and as my luck would have it the person was ill. So I am currently trying to get in touch with them but no one has returned my calls. I feel as though I may be losing out on another opportunity.

    While attending nursing school I was working as a PCP on a med surg floor and was supposed to be given first dibs on an RN position. At the time I mentioned to management my interest in a position and was told to put in an application and follow up with recruitment; which I did. After the first interview (with recruitment) I went to speak with management regarding the position only to literally watch a fellow classmate (not a current employee) walk out of her office. It was then that my boss told me she had just offered the ďlastĒ position and put blame on me because I took too long to put in an application. In my defense I was one of the few of my classmates working and attending classes so I had scheduling conflicts. That was probably the worse burn Iíve ever felt and even now because as I look back I realize that was the closest chance I had at getting into the nursing fieldÖ

    Regardless I have no choice but to keep working at it. I just needed to vent. I wish everyone all the best. Iíve been told this has happened in the nursing field before. So we just have to have faith and ride this out. Good luck guys.
    What a slap in the face. I cannot believe you're coming up on almost 2 years and haven't been employed yet...not that I'm saying it's your fault..but I am just disgusted at the way nursing is going. I openly admit, on these threads, that I'm a Licensed Practical Nurse...did it that way on purpose and rejected my acceptance into a RN program in order to get my feet wet first. I just refused to dedicate so much time and so much money to a degree that wouldn't at least open up SOME doors for me.

    I think you have an awesome attitude about it. You've done everything by the book and I am amazed that it still hasn't increased your chances. Funny enough..I can't even find a place that wants to take me as a volunteer nurse! So in all honesty, I'm not going to volunteer my services for free. I rather work at Starbucks and be paid to make coffees than pimp myself out. No offense to you at all...I respect what people want to do..that's just the way I think of it! Can't believe some of you guys went to school for 4-6 years only to feel lucky enough to just volunteer somewhere..busted butt to get into a nursing program and graduate with a Bachelors..only to work for free.
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    I agree with you Bree, it was something I thought may help me work my way in. But I don't think I will be doing it much longer. I think your are better off trying to get any position you can at a hospital so that you have more access to any openings. But at least you'll be getting paid for it.
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    Quote from lovelynyc
    I agree with you Bree, it was something I thought may help me work my way in. But I don't think I will be doing it much longer. I think your are better off trying to get any position you can at a hospital so that you have more access to any openings. But at least you'll be getting paid for it.
    I get what you mean. I'm applying everywhere right now. Not even worried about landing a hospital position. I just need to work full-time for more than $20/hr. Money is money...so long as it's legal, I don't care where it's coming from any longer. I just can't see myself holding on to hopes for more than a year. You're patient.
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    Hi all,
    I'm from Louisiana.I've been filling out applications since October since I received my work permit,January is when I received my actually license, i've had one interview,no callbacks.We have several hospitals in the area,however, I wonder if the fact that I've been an lpn working in long term care hinder my chances of finding work in a hospital.I've been working as an lpn at the same long term facility for the past five years,and they recently made me a position as ADON.We are a 60 bed facility,and I dont know how permanent this position is,let along my chances of finding a hospital job after it.
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    Quote from onaclearday
    I'd love for every facility to be required to disclose to the public exactly how many imports they've hired in the last 10 years, and what percent of total staff have been American citizens for over 5 years. Also what percent were educated here in the US. Just lay it on the table man.
    It's almost impossible for foreign nurses to get a visa to come to the US now ..... it has been very very difficult for the last 3 to 4 yrs
    Though prior to this period (retrogression) it was relatively easy for foreign nurses to obtain work offers and visas to the US.
    The US recruited very heavily overseas and perhaps that explains why there are so many foreign nurses present in the US now. However many of them are probably US citizens now and not foreigners.
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    Quote from sweetneek1
    Hi all,
    I'm from Louisiana.I've been filling out applications since October since I received my work permit,January is when I received my actually license, i've had one interview,no callbacks.We have several hospitals in the area,however, I wonder if the fact that I've been an lpn working in long term care hinder my chances of finding work in a hospital.I've been working as an lpn at the same long term facility for the past five years,and they recently made me a position as ADON.We are a 60 bed facility,and I dont know how permanent this position is,let along my chances of finding a hospital job after it.
    I would think that your experience as a LPN would help you. Are you applying everywhere or being picky?
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    I've applied at all the hospitals in Lafayette,Opelousas,and New Iberia.I've applied for positions posted in the classifieds and careerbuilder for various hospices,ltacs,home health,and psych hosptials.
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    @ lovelynyc OMG you in NYC and can't find work. I'm in New Jersey, passed NCLEX in August 2010. I just applied for my NY license, hoping that I would get a job there. After reading your post, I feel like I been hit by a bullet.
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    Hi , I am not exactly telling you anything you do not know, but it would be better if they brought out a law saying you have to show why you want to employe a person importing them selves rather then a localy grown and educated one.
    If you are really desperate you might try coming down under to Australia. We have a lot of med students come down here and study and do proffesional years here. Nurses are on a higher demand list, and the Australian goverment is talking about allowing companies of in demand proffesions to recruit over seas and spouncer them over for immergration again. I do not see why US nurses could fair any worst. Also they keep complaining that there are not enough nurses. Just think you would be an import then.
    Last edit by wombatbullant on Feb 4, '11
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