Out-of-work Nurses Hoping For Increased Demand - page 2
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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... Read More
- 1Aug 25, '10 by eriksolnQuote from ♪♫ in my ♥Which is what they are counting on. Ask any electrical engineer how that works.The problem with the old "when the economy improves" argument is that it presumes that there will be an improved economy. There is, however, ample evidence that the economy will not improve in the foreseeable future. Japan's been dealing with their bubble for more than two decades now.
Most nurses that I talk to say that they're planning to work until they literally cannot do it anymore... and I know several nurses still going strong in their 70's.
As we continue to accelerate the number of new grads, the problem is only going to intensify. And just as hiring difficulties lead to substantial wage/benefit improvement over the last decade, the dramatic surplus will have precisely the opposite effect.
- 4Aug 25, '10 by jtmarcy12Quote from DoGoodThenGoBy 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.
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This is the current state of affairs at this time. It will improve. I remember a nurse told me in early 1990 new grads could not find jobs. When I came out in 1998 I had no problem getting a job and I lived in FL with a city with 2 main hospitals. Don't despair. Things will improve, and hospitals will be falling over one another at nursing schools fighting to hire new nurses. Take care.
- 2Aug 25, '10 by ♪♫ in my ♥Quote from eriksolnI am an engineer (I just don't practice anymore)... believe me, I know.Which is what they are counting on. Ask any electrical engineer how that works.
The morbid joke in engineering circles is: "What's the most common career move for a 20-year EE?" Answer: "Behind the desk at Radio Shack."
- 0Aug 25, '10 by Esme12 Senior ModeratorQuote from OldnurseRNI think we all know that there is a hidden agenda and it's called age discrimination. Employers are very good at hiding this. Out with the seasoned, experienced staff and in with the new because it's cheaper.
I have been looking for 18 months . I am growing more pessimistic by the day. Let's face it they can hire 2 less experienced staff for the price of one experienced nurse.
- 1Aug 25, '10 by ladybug '69Quote from Esme12I am 59 y.o., 28 yrs. Med/Surg ,out of a job for 1 month. I am scared,too.I have been looking for 18 months . I am growing more pessimistic by the day. Let's face it they can hire 2 less experienced staff for the price of one experienced nurse.
- 4Aug 25, '10 by ♪♫ in my ♥Quote from Esme12I'm afraid that it's much more insidious - and much more chauvinistic - than that.I have been looking for 18 months . I am growing more pessimistic by the day. Let's face it they can hire 2 less experienced staff for the price of one experienced nurse.
They certainly can offer the experienced nurse the same rate as the less experienced one... and probably get a number of takers. There's nothing that says that they have to pay an experienced person more.
Instead, I think it's simply a bias against older folks... a perception that they're less energetic, more likely to be sick/injured, set in their ways...
Our culture is very, very biased against the aged (beginning about age 40 or so).
- 0Aug 25, '10 by nurse_2b?Quote from diane227Hi Diane,You are right. I resigned from my job two months ago and have found nothing yet. I have applications everywhere. I have been a nurse for 32 years with experience in psych, emergency, med surg and management and I was told by one hospital, without benefit of an interview, that I was not qualified for anything. I have never had trouble finding a job. I have one friend here in the Seattle area who has been out of work for 2 years. My sister in law, who is a neonatal NP here at Swedish Hospital said they had 120 applicants for two positions in the newborn nursery. I thought I would work until I was 70 (I am 55 now) but I tell you that I have been away from the hospital now for two months and the thought of walking back into a hospital makes me have a panic attack. I am looking for jobs outside the health care field and although they pay a lot less, I might be happier.
I was reading everyone's post regarding shortage of job. I'm sorry to hear that you are having such difficult time after soooo many years of experience in nursing.
I started my nursing journey 2 years ago when I decided to go back to school...even though I have my mind set on it, I also have a great back up plan so I don't have to rely solely on my nursing's income.
What other fields are you looking at? If you don't ming sharing. I would love to hear what else would interest a nurse with soooo much experience as you have.
- 1Aug 25, '10 by ladibelleI am a RN with 18 years of experience, when I went to a job inteview today. The interviewer said I know you have the experience, what are your salary requirements? Tha was her only question during the whole interview. I t made me think that they were looking for the nurse with the most expereince that they coud hire cheaply
- 4Aug 26, '10 by PunchI just graduated in May 2010, took a month off and then began looking for a job. I figured since I already worked in my local hospital, it would be fairly easy to find a job there. I have had several interviews for positions as an RN, but no takers! I felt I interviewed well, I have NEVER had a problem securing a job I wanted, but again, no takers! Other than being new to the field with no experience, I could only think that my age was what was holding me back! I am 58. After a few rejections, many tears,and a big slap to my self-esteem, I finally threw in the towel and decided to go into LTC. I have recently been offered a position and am thankful for it! I feel there is much I can contribute to the elderly and look forward to getting my feet wet in this profession!