The Unemployed RN - page 4

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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    Hello Everybody,

    I want to give some insight on returning to work. I was out of nursing from 2004 to 2012. I took an RN refresher course through Capscare. I am located in FL. This was a board approved program. I took it online. 80 hrs of theory, the 96 hr of clinical, all at your own pace. Well I got my FL RN license re-instated. I WILL NEVER LET THIS PRECIOUS 4X4 PIECE OF PAPER EXPIRE EVER AGAIN!!! Cost me sooooo much money to get it back. Anyhoo! All that was Oct 3, is the date issued my license. I thought it would be easy to get a job....so many ads for RN's. Med/surg, peds, all the fields. Even travel nursing. I have adult children, nothing holding me back. HANG IT UP. I have 29 years experience. Graduated in 1983 and worked full time until 2004, never a break. The market is huge for travel, and seems for OR. Well i have put my resume on Monster, Career Builder, and LinkedIN, oh yeah, SimplyHired, and Indeed. and have applied for I know over 80-90 jobs. Zero, nada, zilch, none, NOTHING. No bites. 1 LIL OLE NIBBLE. My feelingS were hurt. Well a recruiter called me. I was overjoyed. He questioned the "gap". I explained, stayed home to take care of family. He was like. ooooooooo, to be honest with you, it will probably be very tough for you to get an interview/get hired, because, hospitals will only talk to you if you have been working for 2 yrs. Thats what they call "experience", not the experience that we have as old school nurses. All of our experience is really null and void in these hospital eyes. The DON's are younger, and they are seeking younger (IMO). I am 49, I am still sharp. I have a very decorated resume which I am proud of. I am only seeking a regular Medical floor, wound care, piggy backs, cleaning poop, charting, and chaos, LOL. No looking to work in the ICU or some other high tech unit. They state online in the job description, "RN 6mo experience desired and BCLS" Thats it. Now why wouldn't they give me a chance? Its sad. But we have no nurse's union to go to bat for us. This is how it will be. I just thought I would share my experience. Just yesterday 2 Jan 13 I got hired at a sub-acute unit, I am so grateful. Its a start. I am happy with this.
    Marisette, diamondeye, Lucky724, and 2 others like this.

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    I think Medical Assistants/techs are taking over the Nursing realm, I hope its not true, but they seem to have the edge over us in performing more practical tasks, like EKGs, blood drawing, etc, Scarey....I shouldve been a Lab tech instead of a Nurse at the time I made my decision.
    Marisette, diamondeye, elprup, and 1 other like this.
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    I have been unemployed - by choice - for some time as well. I too have 20 yrs experience and good experience and a BSN. I too am having a tough time reentering the work force. I have applied to at least 70 jobs in the past 3 months. I have been offered 3 - one is part time home health that is paid by the visit (no thanks), another is for $15/hr working in an urgent care/doctors office 3 12's a wk (I was told that is all the can afford for an RN -the same pay as a MA), another PRN in a hospital 45 miles from my home..I have received a few calls for other jobs I applied to but the ad and the reality of what they were looking for was far different once the telephone interview too place so those I just said "thanks but no thanks." LTC and home health hire a LOT around where I live but I'm not interested in either of those.
    Part of the problem for me - besides the economy etc - is I live in a rural area so unless I'm willing to drive over an hour to the bigger city opportunity is limited. I am unable to relocate or work nights - thought I think I would like nights. I too get the "we've decided to move forth with a more qualified candidate" and literally will laugh out loud as my experience and credentials exceed some of what they are looking for. I was told by the HR person at the hospital that online applications are screened by a computer program as well - it looks for certain works and goes from there. So, basically, if that is true, we aren't even being given the curteousy of a human assessing our resume.
    I realize too I've made things more difficult by completely leaving nursing for the past 2 yrs - hindsight being what it is, I would not do that again, I would at least stay PRN.
    I am, at this point, going with the PRN hospital position -it's something and even though my anxiety is through the roof about returning (especially when I read all the negative posts on here ) it is a job and will ease me back into the field. I have applied for a few dialysis jobs as those are closer and FT.
    It's a tough world in healthcare now - nurses don't have - or it doesn't seem like they do - the same command for pay/benefits and jobs as before. Some places maybe it is ageism but where I live - it's mainly healthcare businesses wanting to squeeze the most they can from as little as possible.
    Marisette, RN In FL, diamondeye, and 2 others like this.
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    I am in some difficulty here landing a job, I was left in a big house with the entire rent and bills by a good friend of mine who just upped and left due to an extreme anxiety attack of which I have been trying to find out the cause of...but besides that I would like to know what Nurses here think of Home Care Marketing....a commission job and if anyone ever did this in there careers?
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    There is no way in this economy unless I absolutely did not have to worry about money would I agree to a commission only job. I haven't heard of home care marketing as far as on its own. I know home care agencies usually have a marketer and from what I understand they are paid hourly or salary and some are given bonuses.

    If your roommate was also on the lease he/she is still responsible for his/her part of it. Whatever the reason he/she left isn't as pressing as how you are going to make the rent.
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    thanks so much for your response all, I am new to this home marketing thing, kind of scarey. But I need the job now..They gave me a packet of what the company does and its placement of people who need other care when they are coming out of a hospital, returning home, or whatever the case may be. I would go in, talk to a discharge Nurse and the patient, family on possibly convincing them to hire this company to find placement for them, they supply the aides, the Nurse to assess them and make sure their needs are met. Its new to me so I am leary of this, but....I am leary of everything lately.
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    I retired last year after 38 years of nursing and thought I could easily find a casual job as an RN at the hospital where I worked, but havn't found a casual job in an area where I wanted to work. I taught at a local college as a clinical instructor 20 years ago, but my hours changed and couldn't do it again. I re-applied and was able to get a job as a clinical assistant/clinical instructor part time which is all I wanted to work. They were desperate for instructors, and I have had another college call me wanting to know if I wanted to work there. I have a BSN and anMSA, so I can't teach theory, which I didn't want to do anyway.
    I think it is harder now to find any job in nursing, I thought I would have an easier time since I don't need benefits, but that has not been the case.
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    Know it may sound unreal to some... but I can't say I've ever personally experienced age discrimination.

    (No spring chicken here either.)

    Agree it's truly impossible to hide one's biography on apps or in the hiring process.

    Good luck to all.
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    Thank you all for replying.

    It's been almost two years since I started this post and I find myself in the same situation, can't get hired. Shortly after posting here in 2011, I got a stipulation on my license, which is monitoring. My husband says that is the main reason why I haven't gotten hired. I have a year of monitoring, but how can I complete my monitoring if I can't get hired. I eventually did land a job, before I signed my board order in 2011, but once my board order was ratified, my director told me she had a "right" to discriminate against me because of my 1 stipulation. So I got fired.
    She herself was an older nurse, past 60s, she was supposed to retire that same year, but continues to work till this day. After reading some of your posts here, I now understand why she would run trials and temporarily change policies in our unit for the purpose of saving the hospital money, just to please those above her. Meanwhile, everyone underneath her despises her. Oh, she was extra mean to me though.

    I hate the fact that I get discriminated upon and it's not something that's protected, like age, sex, race, national origin etc. I'm 25, but for the older nurses posting who can't get employed, atleast your age is protected and if you feel you aren't hired because of your age, you can report them to the EEOC.

    I am thinking of changing careers since it's been so hard for me to get a job, there are 2 major nursing programs close by, we have atleast 200 new graduate nurses each year from these 2 schools combined. Not to mention within 50 miles west we have atleast 2 more lvn,rn, programs as well.

    That plus my stipulations, I might as well get pregnant, have a baby and line up at the food stamps line, lol. *sarcasm*
    Last edit by diamondeye on Mar 16, '13
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    These limitations that are out of my controll are what get me so sad and depressed. I dont have any DUIs, I am not a drug user, I don't have a criminal record, yet the board was so excessive. Not to mention the stigma associated with *stipulation* *encumbered*. I got a stipulated license because a patient under my care fell. He hurt his head, and because of that, I have board monitoring, can't work at home health, can't work agency or telemarketing, and have to work under another RN.
    Working under another RN doesn't help when I apply to work at NH, since they usually have so many LVNs.
    I understand the board is in place to protect patients, but seriously, I am a very caring and patient focused nurse.
    So disapointed.


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