Quote from Luv2care0907
Blackcat directed my attention to this thread. I thought I would share my story, but also, I am specifically looking to how to resolve this issue. I want to make the money that I deserve. I have worked hard regaining my license . . . again. In May of 2009, I retook the NCLEX. After much money was invested, I passed with flying colors. I was ecstatic. I immediately went out to apply for a job to recoup the money I had just invested and to start making money for my family. Like many others here in South Florida, I found that the hospitals refused to hire me. You talk about discouraging. Even some of the hospitals here that promised me a job if I ever wanted to come back had become impersonal due to these companies that are hired to filter through the applications. I have so many glowing recommendations and references as well including people on their board of directors. I have a whistle clean record.
I was very surprised to return to nursing and find things drastically different from what I expected they would be, too. The market is just so horrible now for everyone. New grads have the worst of it, but it certainly isn't confined to them. It's as if any time elapsed before you want to re-enter the workforce, even if you had lots of acute care experience prior to taking time away, they treat you as a nurse with no experience.
After a year of pursuing a hospital job and getting turned down over and over, guess what door was opened to me? Home health. At first, I was going to do trach patients. But my forte is babies. So I easily fell into a few cases with those and I have thrived working those clients. I love my job! I love these children and it is encouraging to see them recover so well.
So naturally, you would think that the agency, seeing how well I am doing, would give me a raise. (not) Within a few months, I got a notification from the agency telling me that Medicaid no longer pays for an RN unless the client has a trach, a GT, or other criteria and that I would have to take a pay cut to LPN status.
You are going to find that raises in home health are few and far between right now. I am at this point thankful my pay has not been cut as I'm pretty sure new hires are making quite a bit less than I am at the moment, but I don't talk about my wages with anyone. I'm an LVN and I take care of trach/vent patients. Lots of babies have trachs and vents, too. Is your agency large enough that you could ask to be paid the RN rate for those?
As an RN you may also be able to transition into a case manager role in the same company. Or do "visits" in home health that are paid per visit instead of an hourly rate.
I love my job. I am good at it. I guess somewhere out there, there is an LPN that can handle a preemie with an O2 NC on various meds weighing 5 pounds and do her job as well as I can. I would like to meet this person if they exist. I have a friend whose son ended up with a hypoxic episode during his home care. These children are not as easy as they look. On several occasions, I have had to act to prevent them from aspiration etc.
I've worked in peds ICU stepdown and in the NICU - only mention so you won't have to keep looking.
Anywho, I took the pay cut. I had no other choice. I would have loved to have said, "Take your job. I can make more money over here." But you see, there was nothing like that for me. I am making WAY less than $20/hour right now.
Even as we speak, I can see on one of the hospital web sites that there is a job opening for the nursery at this hospital that holds a monopoly in our area. If I submit an application, I am sure to get a computer letter stating that there are other candidates more qualified. How do you fight something like this? I know I am more qualified than anybody they could possibly have but how do I get them to see that? Do you take someone from the EEOC to the hospital to make them reconsider? Then what?
I'm not familiar with the EEOC regulations regarding the hiring process. Do they get involved in the issue of qualifications for individual jobs? I always thought you had to prove they had an established pattern of only hiring one ethnicity or age group or physical attribute - things like that. It's incredibly frustrating to see so many obviously qualified people unable to get a foot in the door! What a waste of talent! I only hope the situation starts to improve very soon. I hope you finally make it into the job of your dreams. In the meantime - it sounds like you've really bonded with the super little tykes and found a niche you love. That in itself is such a good thing as we're bombarded so much with stories from nurses who don't seem to like anything about the job anywhere. I hope everything will work out for you!