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.
Nov 9, '11
I'm a nurse in my 50's and in a new job where ironically, I'm asked to screen for new hires. We get hundreds of RN applications for one case mgt job. First cut? Experience. Second cut? BSN minimum. After that we interview. Since I was out of work myself earlier this year, I am extremely sympathetic to the plight of anyone looking for a job right now.
A few tips...know what the job is you are applying for. Do a bit of studying. Be aware of the driving requirements/commute requirements. Show some interest. Do not think you can hide things on your resume with creative wordplay. Be cheerful, enthusiastic and pleasant. Don't bad mouth anyone.
The last person we hired was older than I am. The climate now is a new day. No longer can you stroll into an HR office and plan on starting work the following week. it is competitive so definitely bring your A game.
Last edit by Quickbeam on Nov 9, '11
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