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Are there really RNs that need a job?

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The place I work at has SIX of our nurses going on maternity leave over the next three months. From all shifts. It is ridiculous. We have had ZERO job applications from RNs and I cannot understand... since it seems like every other post is about not being able to find a job!

I work in LTC, it is a skilled nursing facility (& well known nonprofit healthcare organization) with some of the more reasonable staffing ratios around. Located in a rural area but only one hour away from our state capital. A great DON. Good management team. We have assisted living, rehab, dementia and long term care units. We don't want to get temporary pool (float) nurses-- I guess that is not desireable for nursing staffing hours in regards to state surveys.

Why in the world are we not getting applications, when everyone seems to need a job???? I'm worrying for our office people that have been actively searching and advertising for several months without any luck. Well.... maybe... I'm mostly worrying that the crap will hit the fan and I will be working double shifts and short staffed if we cannot replace these nurses. Any advice?

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chevyv has 20+ years experience and works as a Behavioral Health.

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Let your friends know! Is it a good place to work? LTC is hard work, but even those jobs are scarce around where I live. It sure would suck to have to work so short because they haven't filled the positions. I can't imagine the spots going unfilled around Wi.

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Yes I enjoy working for this company very much and have been here a long time. I've been lamenting to my few nursing friends, regrettably they are all well established & working somplace else! Same with their friends! Um, you are WI? You are my neighbor. Maybe you can tell your friends. :D

Let your friends know! Is it a good place to work? LTC is hard work, but even those jobs are scarce around where I live. It sure would suck to have to work so short because they haven't filled the positions. I can't imagine the spots going unfilled around Wi.

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How do you know the place is getting "zero applications" and that no one is showing any interest whatsoever? The hiring game is a tough one, and if you're not sitting in that HR or administrator's office involved in the machinations of keeping budgets cropped as closely as they can get, you don't know what's going on. Your company may see six nurses out on short-term leave in a three month period as nothing serious. They many not be planning on hiring to cover temporary absences.

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SummerGarden has 10 years experience as a ADN, BSN, RN and works as a Assistant Dept Manager.

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your company may see six nurses out on short-term leave in a three month period as nothing serious. they many not be planning on hiring to cover temporary absences.

i'm thinking the same thing. especially since, given that these workers have a good ratio when they are fully staffed, why would administrators, who think of nothing except the bottom line of a budget, care if floor nurses struggle for three months?? i might sound jaded but it is because i have worked short shifts more often then not for two facilities now and find it a bit of a fantasy to think that such a thing does not exist elsewhere even if it is only temporary.

op, gl with the ummm… hunt for temporary nurses for your facility.

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The place I work at has SIX of our nurses going on maternity leave over the next three months. From all shifts. It is ridiculous. We have had ZERO job applications from RNs and I cannot understand... since it seems like every other post is about not being able to find a job!

I work in LTC, it is a skilled nursing facility (& well known nonprofit healthcare organization) with some of the more reasonable staffing ratios around. Located in a rural area but only one hour away from our state capital. A great DON. Good management team. We have assisted living, rehab, dementia and long term care units. We don't want to get temporary pool (float) nurses-- I guess that is not desireable for nursing staffing hours in regards to state surveys.

Why in the world are we not getting applications, when everyone seems to need a job???? I'm worrying for our office people that have been actively searching and advertising for several months without any luck. Well.... maybe... I'm mostly worrying that the crap will hit the fan and I will be working double shifts and short staffed if we cannot replace these nurses. Any advice?

1) where is this facility (state plz)

2) How fast can I move there?

thx.

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JessicRN works as a RN staff nurse.

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Maternity does not mean an job opening, it means a nurse is going to be off for 12 weeks. Not many experienced nurses are going to apply for a job that is only 3 months long and no Nursing director will hire a new grad for that short period either. I know in MA there are little to no full time jobs anywhere for new grads and there are few jobs for experienced nurses either.

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sistasoul works as a RN.

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I believe there is a shortage of hospital based jobs-especially for new grads. I get job alerts all of the time via e-mail through simply hired.com for LTC positions. I started my career as a LTC nurse and kept applying to hospitals for med-surge positons till one opened up. I was lucky I was able to take a 16 hr a week position to get my foot in the door of the hospital. I actually ended up working 32-40 hrs a week. Eventually a full time job opened up for me.

I feel really sorry for the new grads. We all know how hard nursing school is. I wanted a medsurge position when I graduated in 2008 to get my skills down. I was frustrated that it took me 10 months to get into a hospital and then another 6 monts after that to get a benefitted position. I needed to pay my bills so I was thankful I got hired at a LTC as a new grad. I love old people anyways and it was a great experience.

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DizzyLizzyNurse has 12 years experience.

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i'm thinking the same thing. especially since, given that these workers have a good ratio when they are fully staffed, why would administrators, who think of nothing except the bottom line of a budget, care if floor nurses struggle for three months?? i might sound jaded but it is because i have worked short shifts more often then not for two facilities now and find it a bit of a fantasy to think that such a thing does not exist elsewhere even if it is only temporary.

op, gl with the ummm... hunt for temporary nurses for your facility.

i'm thinking the same thing. i've also been told by hr when we were super short staffed that no one was applying, only to tell someone they should apply and they said they already had. when they handed in their applications, they were told we weren't hiring.

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JenniferSews works as a Nurse Educator.

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I agree with all of the above.

1- my facility often says they are trying to hire someone. But I know where they advertise and no job is posted.

2- a 3 month maternity leave is a temporary assignment at best.

3- management really doesn't care.

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What a clever group, thanks for the answers, folks. :up:

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