Out-of-work Nurses Hoping For Increased Demand - page 5

By Shellie Branco, Valley Public Radio Correspondent Three months ago, Stefania Tutino-Eslow graduated from the registered nursing program at Fresno City College, and she's still looking for a... Read More

  1. by   PACNWNURSING
    The bottom line is money, more experience equals higher pay. They will not offer a pay cut in order to keep you because they are afraid of you coming back after them for the pay you are owed based on your experience. You are correct about perception especially when it comes to age in medicine. If you are older you are expected to be manager with higher education. Paying a 20 year+ ADN with a high salary does not equate to the paper pushers and Vice presidents of hospitals. I am in my forties and this is why i am immediately seeking my BSN and NP. It stinks but it is the reality of the nursing profession. Nursing is changing it will never return to what it once was.
  2. by   doune
    I have been looking since september 2008 and can't even get an interview for an acute position. I want to change major but don't know what do. Any idea?
  3. by   CrunchRN
    Quote from doune
    I have been looking since september 2008 and can't even get an interview for an acute position. I want to change major but don't know what do. Any idea?
    You have been looking for 2 years? I sure wish they would quit pumping out such an excess of new nurses. It is so unfair to y'all.
  4. by   ebear
    I have just recently been laid off due to "the economy". 37 yrs experience and age 57. I'll never be convinced that this is not age discrimination. Plan to apply for unemployment. Never thought I'd see the day when RNs were laid off. I carried the health insurance too. Now that's gone.
  5. by   PACNWNURSING
    Quote from ebear
    I have just recently been laid off due to "the economy". 37 yrs experience and age 57. I'll never be convinced that this is not age discrimination. Plan to apply for unemployment. Never thought I'd see the day when RNs were laid off. I carried the health insurance too. Now that's gone.

    You do not think it has nothing to do with your salary as an experienced nurse?
  6. by   ebear
    I don't know. It's interesting that they posted my position just 3 weeks after I was "laid off" for "economic" reasons!
  7. by   CrunchRN
    Quote from ebear
    I don't know. It's interesting that they posted my position just 3 weeks after I was "laid off" for "economic" reasons!

    Sounds like you have a case for age bias. Can you consult a lawyer? Maybe they would do it on contingency?
  8. by   ebear
    Thanks, Crunch! I'm pretty sure this is age discrimination, but I don't want to work where I'm no longer wanted or valued. It's just not worth it to me anymore.
  9. by   ♪♫ in my ♥
    Quote from CrunchRN
    Sounds like you have a case for age bias. Can you consult a lawyer? Maybe they would do it on contingency?
    It's not nearly so easy as that.

    In order to win a case of age discrimination, one must show that a pattern of such behavior exists. If they have some older nurses still on staff then it's a pretty tough case to make.
  10. by   CrunchRN
    "It's not nearly so easy as that.

    In order to win a case of age discrimination, one must show that a pattern of such behavior exists. If they have some older nurses still on staff then it's a pretty tough case to make."

    It just seems so wrong!

    Well ebear, I do see your point and you seem to be handling this very calmly. I think I will have to work until I am 90 (I am 48 now) so this age discrimination stuff really chaps my hide!

    I wish you nothing but the best!
  11. by   ebear
    Thank you! BTW, I was the oldest there. Most of the other nurses are in their 30s. I can't PROVE discrimination though. It was like a knife pierced my heart when I saw my job posted!
  12. by   bcolliemom
    Quote from DoGoodThenGo
    By Shellie Branco, Valley Public Radio Correspondent

    Three months ago, Stefania Tutino-Eslow graduated from the registered nursing program at Fresno City College, and she's still looking for a job. She says out of about 130 graduates, only a handful found nursing positions.

    Full story here:

    http://bakersfieldexpress.org/2010/0...-to-boomerang/
    If you're 60 years old with tons of experience, no one will even look at your resume. It has taken 4 months to finally land a part time job (12 hours a week) with a home care company in a large city.

    I've had reject letters sent within hours of responding to a help wanted posting. I'm slightly limited in my job choices due to a bad back (osteoarthritis in neck and lower back) due to years of lifting and positioning patients.....but I still have to eat and pay bills.

    Still looking for part time or per diem work to fill in the remaining hours of availability.

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