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- Quote from biblepoetThanks Biblepoet! The only thing that makes me nervous is starting IVs, even on a drug user because I did see, during my clinical rotation its definitely hard to find a vein. Is it necessary to obtain a IV therapy certificate? I have been checking Corizon (for jobs) and now they are asking for experience, so I was like, everything is changing. The only facility that is pretty close to me is Rikers Island and that is two hours away, I believe.Forgot to post mostly medication pass in the infirmary. Catheters blood draws. Subacute care pts. That just came from the hospital. Iv starts btw really challenging on iv drug User. Iv antibiotics, stopping chemist pumps on cancer pts; auctioning teach pts no respiratory therapists; calling the Dr.; when what is an emergancy and what can wait; dealing with nonmedical staff boy can the Co'sbe dumb; ton on cards; no iv pumps so used that math we used in nursing school. Cannot at this moment what else sure there was more but am tired and post knee scope. I currently work at a trauma hospital for 1 1/2 yrs I worked at prison about 1yr. At least here it gave me the magical one yr. Experience and I was offered 3positions and had to choose. One hospital job; one subacute position and mental health organization. Was interested kn tjs hospital or mental health. Dealt with psych nursing for over a yr. Hope it helps. Can give you mord info if you need it.
What do you mean "tons of cards?" Wow, no IV pumps? You mean, if a patient need fluids or any meds, you would have to count drips? Jeez...
Wow, it really does sound lonely working as a nurse for the prison but what I did noticed is you become better with time management and priorities. I think that's important but it really looks like you were doing everything yourself.
- Quote from kcmylornI really do agree with you, kcmylorn. I guess I feel I am left with no choice but to take these classes to look more attractive but yes, I did read that many new grad nurse take these classes and still get no responses from hospitals. I think this is their way of just weeding out candidates, (just like you stated). It's frustrating tho. And honestly, the other reason why I deciding to do this is because a family member's friend told me to take these classes, she said to take at least one. You would think I can get a hook up from family member's friend but no, I have no way of getting access. The family friend works at a HHC and she is a CCU manager and she just told me they are not hiring but she suggested I take an ACLS or PALS class. I feel I have no choice and these classes may be a waste. But I feel like my nursing knowledge and skills are leaving the longer I do not get a job...I am wondering after reading numerous posts about large numbers of new grads when seeking employment going ahead and getting ACLS,PALS and EKG courses without having positions in areas that require these certifications.
Is this something new??
The reason I am asking is: In days gone by,( and I am talking about 2008,2010) we only got those certifications if we were working in an area where these certifications were going to be used such as acute care hospital peds or the ED/PALS: ACLS for the ED, ICU's, Tele units. and in these cases- the employer paid for them, scheduled you for the classes and you were expected to go- it was part of your orientation. That was my experience working in ICU/CCU and tele units.
Most recently, I have been offered 2 positions in outpatient family practice clinics and the agency recruiters are asking me to get ACLS to submit my name to these positions. My response to them was "why?" it's outpatient family practice, I'm on unemployment and that $300 pays my electric bill, there are no guarantee I will get the position and if iI don't get the job, Im out of $300 on unemployment,and have a ACLS I will never use. Since when is ACLS a requirement for an outpatient clinic or doctors office- in both these areas, you would call 911. The drugs used in ACLS are not present in any of these clinics- some of these clinics don't have crash carts!!! most personelin these clinics- don't know what a crash cart is!!! so we now need ACLS, PALS to pick up a phone and call 911. It seems to me that some CEO's kid is now working in HR and heard the term ACLS and now wants to sound like they have a Doctorate in Nursing. Sorry to be so fasicious but after my 2 recent encounters on the phone with agency recruiters- I am peed off.
It seems to me that these HR depts and employers are only busting bunns, asking people to get all the expensive certifcations with no intention of hiring the person, just going through resumes to pick out which cert you don't have and saying 'Oh we can't hire you because you don't have a certification in basketweaving" and excuse not to hire. all the while they are spending candidates money who don't have the money to throw away.
Any information to clear up this major expense of a question would be welcome. As these certifications are quite costly. approx $300 each and for some one on unemployment - this is an outrageous expense and ......possibly an unnecessary one. To me this is mind boggling. Like, what are they up to now to not hire people.
- Quote from JB2007Thanks JB2007, I guess I just have to research if the MetroNorth goes out there but that is true, I should upstate NY a try first. How far is Fingerlakes from NYC? What is the transportation to get out there? Amtrak or metronorth? thanks again.I would be thinking of moving if it was a possiblity at all. There are hospitals in Northeast Indiana that will hire new grads and the cost of living is less than NYC. In addition, it is close enough to NY that you could go visit family and friends when you get a few days off. Good luck.
- Quote from RRay,RN,BSNAwe thanks, RRay! I know! I was actually apply to hospitals in Georgia as well, I guess it's rough out there too? How did you think you're first interview went?Know that you are not only. I have a BSN and in Georgia. I have applied to to every hospital within an hour and half from my house. Only landed one interview, one phone interview, and one email questionnaire. It has been 4 months since graduation and 2 months since passing NCLEX. From what I have heard the job market for New Grads is hard in every state.
At least you and everyone on this board understands. I know my family is optimistic but it's hard talking to them. They keep saying I will find something but I just feel they don't understand what I am truly going through. Like I haven't been working for three years. I gave up my full time job to pursue this exciting career. I do not regret it one bit of it, tho. But I am always use to working and making money, I even worked during the time I was getting my BBA from college to and obtained a BBA in management. Its rough seeing my bills go into collections and my credit score sink.
I am just frustrated that these hospitals don't want to invest in us at all but they keep the propaganda of "nursing shortage" going strong, using advertisements from schools, journal articles, the media and even job outlooks to fool us. I hate that they allow the ADN programs to continue but hospitals are requiring BSN which is fine but I just don't understand it; it's backwards. We are wasting money in the process. And now recruiters want us to get our certifications in ACLS and PALS with no intention of hiring us but we still waste more money in the process.
These schools and hospitals are leading us to dead ends and now we have to figure out another path and pray that someone hire us.
But I am trying to keep hope alive and I am still looking.
- Aug 27, '12 by wish_me_luckkc, these classes do cost for the facility. So, they probably not only see someone who furthers their education but who can save them money because they already had the class. Yes, ACLS/PALS is more RRT material but good for everyone; EKG class is phenomenal to have because I will tell you, when I was a tech, there was a nurse that did not want to take the EKG class because she was not good at it or didn't want to because there's a test at the end. The option for her was quit or move to another floor that didn't require it. She quit. So, this isn't one of those 'it's just a class' things, it can be complex. That's what makes them so marketable.
I wanted to take an EKG class as well but when I inquired, it was $300. I was disappointed, maybe one day.
- Aug 27, '12 by biblepoetStupid auto correct. Tons of different types of pts. Not sure how it got that. THE prison I worked at there was at least three of us. Two of us in the infirmary and one in the clinic. CLINic more er type pts, infirmary not so much.
- Aug 28, '12 by RRWilson,RN2CP1983,
I met with the nurse recruiter in HR at 930 then with the nurse manager on the floor where I would be working. I didnt leave until 1220-1230. I feel like the only reason I was able to land that interview was because I had done my senior prac there. I felt like the interview went really well, and I just knew I would be starting the following week. I was informed of pay, benefits, the color of scrubs to order, what days of the month orientation would be, the orientation process, and etc. I was thinking in my head, "Wow, I have received a lot of information about this job. Sounds really promising." I was told in 1 week they would be in contact about the next process. Well HR never contacted my references because I asked my references just about everyday had someone reached them. I dont know what happened or what went wrong. I have two friends that completed nursing school with me that work on this same floor, and they informed me that the nurse manager hired two guys but the are still in need of 2 more night RN. My application still says pending on the career dashboard. Pending isnt good enough, I need a job offer. My family is barely getting by on my husband's income.Last edit by RRWilson,RN2 on Aug 28, '12 : Reason: To add the person I was responding to
- Aug 30, '12 by biblepoetTry to email her to remind her of your interest in the position. Be proactive and aggressive. I landed a job that way. Hope you sent a thank you for the interview. Keeps your name in front of her And remind her of you'd qualifications for the position. Just a thought in tight market.
- Sep 4, '12 by amygarsidePerhaps you can try doing work-at-home jobs. Working as a medical transcriptionist or in telehealth can probably help you financially while you are complete your BSN degree or while you wait for a job that you really want.