The economy is not right. While Wheaton St. Francis is building a new 'neuro building', Aurora is contemplating shutting down Sinai Samaritan downtown. Meanwhile, Spaulding Medical 'may' rent out space there for their drug trials. It's all a big mess.
I like checking the Business Journal to keep in touch with what the companies are going through.
While not everything is fixed just because it's a new year, but I just heard from good sources that hospitals are hiring again, so hopefully that's right and a good sign of things to come. Stay on it folks.
Everybody I have talked with this past week has said that the need for staff (of all kinds) is there. There are plenty of patients, the work is there. Companies are just being super cautious so they don't have to force layoffs later down the road.
If you're looking for a job as a CNA, maybe it depends on where you apply? I live just west of Waukesha and was called back for interviews at almost every place I applied, and offered a job for each interview, with no experience. These were all assisted living/LTC facilities though. I haven't tried applying at any hospitals, but there are quite a few positions open in this area in hospitals. Good luck!
You are not alone. My mom after 20 years of ICU/Med-surg nurse quit her job due to burnout and poor management and found a job that she hates but took it because after a year and a half she had to do something. No one will hire her because she quit on the spot at her last employer after working there for 12 years!! I have noticed hospitals in MKE hiring new grads before experienced nurses due to them being much cheaper. Sad. Best of luck to you.