".i did not took hospital job bec it was an agency buyout for 15 grand working in kids psych hospital and i have to pay the hospital back the 15 grand if i break contract...."
What a sick concept! Yet I've seen the same thing with Tertiary Care, Nursing Magnet hospitals, locking in new grads. The way the contract is written even if you get cancer, you still owe them. It's like something out of the 17th century, we've become fodder for a new type of indentured servant status. Soon the contract agencies will have a sign: "Slaves wanted"
About Katkonk's statement:
"I think it is more difficult to get hired if you have been away for more than 6 months, because hospitals always want "current" experience."
If passed (it hasn't been voted on (I think)) the American Jobs Act will make it discriminatory to refuse to consider or to hire a person based upon unemployment status. I hope it passes. And being an unemployed Occ-Med nurse, if I find a company that I interviewed hired a person with less qualifications than I have (if the bill passes) perhaps I'll be the first to test the legal waters. (For instance if I'm certified in spirometry, and COHC, and they hire someone who is not, but need those skills).
Though frankly, I sort of doubt that will really happen as companies value experience in an Occ-Med nurse. My boss from my old company called and begged me to come and work for him. I had worked for a Fortune 50 company (read: big) but was contract. The company closed my unit and moved to the South and I'm stuck with property here in the North, otherwise I'd have moved too. His new contract Occ-Med nurse hasn't much experience and it sounds like neither management nor the line (union) workers do either. Sure there are elemental skills like can you pull a splinter out, or ID a heart attack versus a panic attack (sometimes not an easy thing) or tell a sprain from a strain, but there are other skills too, like how to get along with workers and management. "Being on the fence," is not easy, and maintaining neutrality, or skills like accident investigation (including real or malingering) count too. (Note: I'd take the job in the South and rent a place--but as I told him: "I trust you, but I'd fear that I'd take the job, move there, and 6 month later get a 20% pay cut, so I'm sorry but no thanks.")
I'm a scrapper and initially at a job it causes problems because I'll defy management if the ee is correct, and in reverse I'll work hard to expose a malinger if I can prove it, but over time, I've learned that being impartial to either group earns respect.
Being unemployed I've just taken a EMT-B course (I passed the practical but still need to take the exam, but I have no worries about that), which I think should be mandatory for any Occ-Med nurse working in any job (just my own opinion) and will be sitting for the COHN-S in March/April. All these will give me a leg-up over other candidates, I think, regardless of my age, I'm sixty, but if I ever meet you I'll deny I ever said that...hehe.
Another suggestion is to find your regional/state Occ Health Nurse (see www.aaohn
.org) and attend their meetings/dinners/functions and network.
Consider too, that if you become unemployed depending upon the state, you might be able to get funding and even extension of benefits for obtaining skills that you need, such as COHC or COHN, or even going back to college to turn an ADN into a BSN. Doing that you bypass the "out of work for a long time" issue.
And hmm...nowadays, I hate to say it but 29 hours (if a reasonable hourly rate and a reasonable job) even with no bennies is beginning to sound good to me... Ouch...