The Unemployed RN - page 2

by diamondeye

Hello, I've been unemployed since June-July, up till now. I thought there would always be a need for nurses. In the 80's hospitals were recruiting like crazy, talking about the nursing shortage and what not, and then we... Read More


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    to find the nurse manager of a unit. Go to the hospital website .....and look for the table of organization for patient care services....Many hospitals will have this with the name of the managers. Once u get the name call the hospital operator to be connected to his/her private line....
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    I agree with another response which mentioned "cost containment". CNA's are doing what LPN's used to do. Use your experience to your benefit, it shows that not only you are experienced in more than one area, but flexiable to float if need be. Not all jobs are advertised in the newspaper etc. So get your resume together, make a list of wherer you would like to work. You don't need an appointment to drop off a resume. Then F/U. FLTNRSE2
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    I too, have been unemployed since 2009....the last job I had was a caretaker/Assessment nurse which the latter never materialized. I couldnt do heavy lifting of an MS patient when she fell but this agency did it anyway.
    I have been searching for work since......get interviews, but no real bites....I loathe this profession and what it did to my general physical health, (many injuries to neck, shoulders and back) which no one gives a crap about.....I cannot do Nursing home work anymore...I want an medical office job, I was told that I am overqualified in the state of Vermont for an med office job....HUH???if you are willing to accept the pay and work, they are getting a downright bargain....but you know....they are afraid you are going to leave for an RN job.....thats not my case...I JUST NEED ONE. I just was interviewed for a crappy part time office school job and didnt get it...because I am not Word Processor savvy....overqualified in one way.....and not in another....I dont get it really.....guess I am too old too. 55.. I will just roll myself up in a big ball and die...like Frank Sinatra says..
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    I am sorry that you are so frustrated by this current situation, and I wish I had an answer for you. I hope that you continue to try to locate a job that you will be happy doing, then this time in your life will just seem like a bad dream or a nightmare....You never know what is waiting for you right around the corner. FLTNRSE2
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    Thank you for giving me an uplift!

    I do believe that it is the political situation we are in right now! Hopefully, things will change ... but it might not be soon enough for me!
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    It's pretty bad everywhere. I've been fairly lucky in this economy to land two jobs in the last year. I think the advantages are:
    I'm youngish. Young enough to be a work horse for a while and naive enough to put up with crap I shouldn't.
    I have the BSN. Seriously, I couldn't get a call even though I had ICU experience. Finished my BSN in june, getting calls ever since. If you don't have it, I really suggest trying to figure out a way to obtain it.
    I will say though, out here in California is a nightmare. For old and new experienced nurses alike. They often post positions and don't hire because of budget cuts. Hospital census has been down. Our 40 bed ICU will have 30 some patients one week and 16 the next. It's definitely all factored in from the economy.
    People are too broke to be sick.
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    Okay, I've been going through a drought like I've never seen, then suddenly ... 4 interviews in 3 days. A friend suggested that perhaps since we're nearing the end of the fiscal 4th quarter, hospitals now know how much money they can spend on hiring. Let's hope so.
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    Travel nursing in your own area might be an option if your TB skin test, Hepatitis titer, ACLS, etc are still current. I hear that hospitals in my area are using more travel nurses and working them up to 70 hours a week. Work 'em to death and don't have to pay benefits. Such a deal.
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    Quote from lumbarpain
    I too, have been unemployed since 2009....the last job I had was a caretaker/Assessment nurse which the latter never materialized. I couldnt do heavy lifting of an MS patient when she fell but this agency did it anyway.
    I have been searching for work since......get interviews, but no real bites....I loathe this profession and what it did to my general physical health, (many injuries to neck, shoulders and back) which no one gives a crap about.....I cannot do Nursing home work anymore...I want an medical office job, I was told that I am overqualified in the state of Vermont for an med office job....HUH???if you are willing to accept the pay and work, they are getting a downright bargain....but you know....they are afraid you are going to leave for an RN job.....thats not my case...I JUST NEED ONE. I just was interviewed for a crappy part time office school job and didnt get it...because I am not Word Processor savvy....overqualified in one way.....and not in another....I dont get it really.....guess I am too old too. 55.. I will just roll myself up in a big ball and die...like Frank Sinatra says..
    Great attitude. Why not take a FREE online short wordprocessing course? Or just by fumbling around and clicking on "help" now and then, teach yourself? Not being able to use one is similar to not being able to use a typewriter back in the 1970s.
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    Quote from Biffbradford
    Travel nursing in your own area might be an option if your TB skin test, Hepatitis titer, ACLS, etc are still current. I hear that hospitals in my area are using more travel nurses and working them up to 70 hours a week. Work 'em to death and don't have to pay benefits. Such a deal.
    Exactly right. Plus they won't complain nor try to change things, since they won't be around that long AND you can complain to their agency if they do so they never get another job. Nice. Not to mention the fact that usually travel nurses (and I did that myself once) are often given sites and assignments that are very dysfunctional, conflict-ridden, and hostile to begin with, that no current employees would accept (which is why they hired a travel nurse).
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