The Unemployed RN - page 3

by diamondeye

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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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    Quote from 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 started seeing hospitals recruite nurses from the phillipines.. But that was more than 20 yrs ago, and i'm unemployed now so what happned to the nursing shortage?

    I was wondering if anyone else is also having difficulty finding a job. I don't know if it's because my preference is to work in hospitals limiting the number of places i can apply to. But yet when I apply to home health agencies and nursing homes, LVNs get hired over me.There are about 8 hospitals around me and ive applied to all that fall within a 30 mile distance from my city. They keep on telling me the census is low and recently, since I have such a large gap in my work history, i think that affects my employment.

    I'm qualified to work, so I'm just wondering if this is nationwide, local or just a bad time? Also, any advice would be greately appreciated.
    "The census is low" PLUS we can get our current nurses to work double shifts and overtime WITHOUT NOTICE when things pick up a bit PLUS we can get any 2 nurses to do the work of 3 anyway, so why would we hire someone else? We'll just work our current employees harder.
    Crispy Critter, Marisette, inforn43, and 2 others like this.
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    I can honestly say that youth not experience matters more to companies in the hiring process. Or maybe it was like that before and I just never noticed it till I got to THAT AGE.!! Its discrimination and WHY its gone as far as it has is beyond me. When you go into a Nursing home for a job, THEY KNOW they cannot hide anything from you. The general energy of the place will tell you as you walk around and see what the patients are doing and how the staff handles things is the sure fire way of getting turned off or on about working there. I can actually FEEL it as I walk onto a unit. If nurses aides smile or talk to you pleasantly, if patients are dressed and appear content..if the nurse that is orientating you has patience and good knowledge about the facility, ..YOU JUST KNOW after working in these environments for so long. I make no apology for how I feel about my primary career of LTC/sub acute...but it wont change. But, when you just want to work in a decent place...why is it so hard to find.




























    Quote from 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 started seeing hospitals recruite nurses from the phillipines.. But that was more than 20 yrs ago, and i'm unemployed now so what happned to the nursing shortage?

    I was wondering if anyone else is also having difficulty finding a job. I don't know if it's because my preference is to work in hospitals limiting the number of places i can apply to. But yet when I apply to home health agencies and nursing homes, LVNs get hired over me.There are about 8 hospitals around me and ive applied to all that fall within a 30 mile distance from my city. They keep on telling me the census is low and recently, since I have such a large gap in my work history, i think that affects my employment.

    I'm qualified to work, so I'm just wondering if this is nationwide, local or just a bad time? Also, any advice would be greately appreciated.
    Marisette, Lucky724, kcmylorn, and 2 others like this.
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    It seems to be nationwide, from the information found surfing this web site.

    Florida, for example, has a LOT of posts here and elsewhere from unemployed nurses, RNs and otherwise, doing everything that has been suggested here to find a job, even though the payscale here is always one of the lowest in the country. No dice.

    The PR, however, remains the same, such as this story in today's online news: Florida needs 15,000 nurses, new survey says - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com The news does not coincide with experience, since most of it serves to 1) justify importing nurses from foreign countries who will do whatever they are told, whenever they are told, for little money AND 2) entice even more nurses to move here, which further dilutes the labor pool. Just as what happened in the Great Depression (watch "Grapes of Wrath" sometime).

    You can't easily fool HR departments by leaving off dates and so on. They've seen it all by now and have MANY MANY applications from which to choose. If yours requires them to do a little work, it goes straight into the wastecan.

    My best suggestion would be to try to get into corrections nursing, as I did for numerous years. Private jail-management companies are the very worst, in my experience, but come county/city jails can be good. You have to try them out.

    The VA is often the very best gig, wherever they are, but HARD to get a job there initially.
    Marisette, Lucky724, somenurse, and 2 others like this.
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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..
    If you have good IV skills (or a way to update your IV skills) look at IV therapy and home infusion, or even "regular" home health. If you have any vent/trach experience (or a willingness to learn) look at peds private duty (the pay sucks but demand is usually high).
    I have a spinal cord injury and have done all of the above (including peds ER) from a wheel chair or using Canadian crutches.
    somenurse, elprup, and lindarn like this.
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    I too have been unemployed for roughly two years now. Im in a rural texas county that doesnt have many opportunities. I worked at the "major" hospital here for 4 years. I began as a secretary and worked my way through school all the way from pion secretary to RN BSN. Boy, I thought having that BSN would open such big doors for me. I was dissapointed to know that I was only going to make an additional .50/hr and still be forced to work 12 hr med surg floor. I am interested in Pediatrics, wound care, and surgical. I would and have also considered working home health, office jobs, school nurse, etc.... I thought it would be better if I went to a NH and that perhaps I could be a DON or ADON. Well, I keep getting told I either dont have enough experience or Im over qualified. I am so disgusted with nursing in general. I was told in school that after working 3 years med surg I could specialize and those doors dont seem to be opening. Maybe Im not looking in the right place? Any advice?
    Marisette, Lucky724, somenurse, and 2 others like this.
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    Always a day late ! Or, in this case a month...... As sad as it is, I am glad to see that other competent nurses are in my position. At least I know it is not just me !
    I started nursing school in my mid 30's (change of vocation) and got my RN in 1984. Worked at our small rural hospital for nearly 20 years before I had to stop for medical reasons. After 4 years of illness I realized I no longer was capable of acute and critical care in a hospital. So I sought work in assisted living. It was a good choice, even though I was largely unprepared for that type of job in the beginning. But I found that - eventually - that it was perfect for me ! Hours were generally part time, I no longer had to do all the heavy lifting and running, I love to teach and nurture both staff and residents, I am very good with creating teaching materials, protocols and forms, plus it is a position of respectability and 'say' within the facility.

    What could go wrong?

    . . . . Age . . . I lost my job a year and a half ago - not because I wasn't doing well or not getting my job done - but because corp wanted a younger nurse who could work more hours. State survey came through a week later and facility was deficiency free. That was MY doing ! I am so disgusted with corporations that place their profitability above the service that they say they are committed to.
    So now I am on Social Security ~ yes, old enough ! But that is only just about half of what I need to live and pay bills. (I have worked since 1966) I would really love to provide training and educational materials for other assisted living facility nurses so they wouldn't have to start from next to nothing. It is a needed aspect of our health care management that costs far less than hospitals or nursing homes.

    So what do you do when you are older, but still capable (within limitations), have vast experience and education, want to give, share and use the abilities you have, and retain your nursing license a bit longer ? I love nursing. I just hate the way it is being used these days.
    So much for me.

    A note to the younger generations ~ The profession of nursing is almost sacred. It may not get much acknowledgement or reward, but it is your knowledge, your caring, your intervention, your insight, your teaching, your commitment to care ~ your touch ~ that changes and saves lives. Know that for yourselves when no one else acknowledges that. You are not there to be a slave to the computer, but to serve those in need.
    Bubbles, diamondeye, Lucky724, and 5 others like this.
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    Send your story to all news media, nursing organizations, oprah, etc. We have to educate the public that there is NOT a nursing shortage.
    Marisette, ShaBBy23, diamondeye, and 2 others like this.
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    I agree with many of the posts. I hear in the news there is a shortage of nurses...where? I have been a case manager at an insurance company for the last 6 years and the hospitals won't even call me for a job. I am willing and able to work at age 38 but they hire new grads over me.....

    It is sad they are not utilizing the pool of nurses they have and developing them. However, it is classic as I have worked for the insurance company and they would rather you leave than help you to grow within-I guess it has to do with poor corporate culture.
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    Exactly CrunchRN, it does suck.
    lindarn likes this.
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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..
    It's almost a year now, any luck? I am about to give up.
    lindarn likes this.


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