Me again

  1. Thanks for all of your replys about my attempting to go back into nursing after 6 years. I went to a job fair the other day and have been depressed ever since. I spoke with several recruiters and they were less than helpful. They had a very hard time getting past the "six years". They would let me go right to med/surg with a short part-time orientation but for mother/baby they want a full-time 3 month orientation. With 5 children aged 6 and younger and a husband who works 12 hours a day and travels alot there is no way that I can do 3 months full-time. My dreams of OB are dying a slow death!! They did not really care that I am very current in breastfeeding, faithfully read my JOGNN, have been doing legal consulting on birth injury cases for 5 years for my husband ( he is an attorney), and am a Certified Infant Massage Instructor. Not to mention having a lot of "life" experience with birthing and newborns. They were only focused on the dreaded 6 years. I have tried to stay somewhat current as much as possible with the literature, but they did not care. So, I guess that my nursing career will not be resumed until my youngest (who is 8 months old) is in pre-school.

    Thanks for letting me rant. I actually feel better now.
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   mother/babyRN
    {{{}}}. If you can dream it, you can do it...
  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    NO perdiem possiblities?
  5. by   mother/babyRN
    THATS a great idea! Tell them you want to assist them as perdiem, get trained and oriented, work as much as you can and that way, when you ARE able to get back into it the way you want, you will have experience. Leave it to Smiling Blue Eyes to come up with such a great idea!
  6. by   RNagain
    okay, this may be a stupid question, but what exactly does Per diem mean?
  7. by   renerian
    Per diem is not full time or part time, just as needed or casual. Most places will work you in that way.

    Try that and good luck,

    renerian
  8. by   cindyln
    try agency
  9. by   RNagain
    Thanks guys. I tried agency but they won't take me because I have no unit experience. I will ask about per diem though - great idea!
  10. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I work perdiem two different places and I LOVE IT, work when I want. often for time and a half, and no one dictates my vacation times..........I hope never to go fulltime again, matter of fact. GOOD LUCK! Thanks for the compliment, mother/baby. I am blushing now.....lol
  11. by   fergus51
    Good luck! I hope they get their heads out of their arces long enough to see how stupid it would be to lose a nurse over something so silly. I don't know why they couldn't make your orientation part time.
  12. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I don't either. I oriented on MY schedule at the hospital I am working now......I told them what shifts I was available to orient and scheduled then. They had no problem w/it. I can't imagine why anyone would.
  13. by   webbiedebbie
    I have been out of nursing for 5 years and the hospital where I currently work said the same thing...they want me to spend my money on a refresher course and commit to them for one year on med/surg. I went to another hospital that I had worked in Postpartum 5 years ago (I left for personal reasons), and they offered me a position back on Postpartum! The manager stated that out of all of the applicants she had, I already had the OB experience and she felt I hadn't lost any of it. She said that the only thing different would be learing the paperwork and hospital policies, which everying gets oriented to anyway. She THANKED me for applying for the position! Woohoo! I start 3/17.

    I agree with the per diem. Don't lose hope and good luck!

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