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Frustrated RN returning to the field

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pbirdy pbirdy (New) New

Specializes in Med Surg, Telemetry, hhc. Has 15 years experience.

OMG!! What have I gotten myself into.......again?? Ok, I was a nurse for 15 years and got burned out. Started working on private yachts professionally for the last 10 years. Even got my Captain 100 ton masters. Anyway, I'm back in this profession........or should I say TRYING to get back into it. I finished my RN refresher course 3 months ago and I STILL CAN'T GET A JOB!! What is going on???????? What am I doing wrong? I was told that by taking this course I would be in demand as I now know the latest on drugs, etc. Ok, well, if I don't get a job soon, I will..........again.........forget everything! I have my resume out there from all the nursing sites. I am soooo frustrated! Thanks for letting me vent. I just spent the last 7 hours today on my computer sending resumes. I would think that someone out there would want a seasoned nurse, even out of the hospital setting. I have experience with being offshore and dealing with injuries when help was hours and even days away. What the hell???

My dear friend, the best way in sending resumes is giving it to the NursingOffice of hospitals personally.

pbirdy

Specializes in Med Surg, Telemetry, hhc. Has 15 years experience.

Hey Syncand RN, Thanks for your reply. I have brought my resumes to the hospitals..........right to the office!!!!!!! They have all told me to go online. I was out of my mind. I'M HERE...NOW...WITH A RESUME..IN PERSON. OH man. Nope, they wouldn't even take my paper resume. Who would of thought it would come to this????

Lacie, BSN, RN

Specializes in jack of all trades.

I understand how you feel. I recently left a chronic dialysis job and since I have been away from hospital nursing for 3 years I cant find another job!!! Even with 28 years experience in just about anything you can think of lol. It's a real pain. Same thing also - apply on line!! what about people who dont have computers or cant afford the internet now with todays economy. You can also check with Davita if in your area. Chronic units will train in dialysis and also take nurses that have been out abit.

OldnurseRN

Specializes in ED, Med-Surg, Psych, Oncology, Hospice. Has 30 years experience.

I know how you feel. I left for 7 years before going back. I went first to a state mental facility and then (I believe because I already had a job) I got a staff position on a med-surg floor in a hospital.

Good luck in your search. I found it really difficult because I think when they see you graduated nursing school over 20 years ago you are "silently" discriminated against. Seems no one wants an old nurse or one that, through years of experience, will command a higher wage.

pbirdy

Specializes in Med Surg, Telemetry, hhc. Has 15 years experience.

Hey guys..thanks for replying. Yep, I agree, what about the people who don't have computers??? And as for dialysis.........I have a friend who was in that field for 18 years. Now she is looking for something eles but they don't recognize dialysis as a specialty. ARE THEY OUT OF THEIR MINDS????????????? They don't recognize her as a nurse. What am I missing here???? I thought I had it bad but.......... this is getting more insane as time goes bye. I really have a hard time explaining to my non nursing friends that there really is no nursing shortage. They are all out there picking and choosing. I'm so sick of telling them that I have applied for 3 months and still have not found a job. They think I'm doing something wrong or that I'm retarded. Not so folks. The president of my hospital asked me personally to take care of him and his family when they were sick.........inhouse and at their home. My immediate supervisor asked me to take care of her as well as my fellow nurses. I'm not a retard. I think there is something wrong with this country where they hire foreign nurses and we can't even get a job within our own turf. Oh dear, I'm on a roll. Bottom line. I NEED A JOB!!! NOW

JenniferSews

Specializes in Professional Development Specialist.

The days of hiring foreign nurses is over. Look around here and you'll find plenty of nurses, new and experienced, looking for jobs with no luck. Hopefully someone will have advice for you, all I have is a pile of decline letters.

Willow Moonsidhe

Specializes in ER, L&D, ICU, LTC, HH. Has 25 years experience.

I feel your pain. Took me almost a year to get a job after being out. I am on a vascular CHF PCU floor and I have 2 New Grads from May 2009 orienting me that had me do everything today lol They are scared of IV's the works!

Lacie, BSN, RN

Specializes in jack of all trades.

Hey guys..thanks for replying. Yep, I agree, what about the people who don't have computers??? And as for dialysis.........I have a friend who was in that field for 18 years. Now she is looking for something eles but they don't recognize dialysis as a specialty. ARE THEY OUT OF THEIR MINDS????????????? They don't recognize her as a nurse. What am I missing here???? I thought I had it bad but.......... this is getting more insane as time goes bye. I really have a hard time explaining to my non nursing friends that there really is no nursing shortage. They are all out there picking and choosing. I'm so sick of telling them that I have applied for 3 months and still have not found a job. They think I'm doing something wrong or that I'm retarded. Not so folks. The president of my hospital asked me personally to take care of him and his family when they were sick.........inhouse and at their home. My immediate supervisor asked me to take care of her as well as my fellow nurses. I'm not a retard. I think there is something wrong with this country where they hire foreign nurses and we can't even get a job within our own turf. Oh dear, I'm on a roll. Bottom line. I NEED A JOB!!! NOW

You are so right!! Places dont see dialysis as a specialty! I was even told that we dont do venipuncture or use needles in dialysis that everyone has a cvc in one interview for rehab unit LOL!! Considering I did Medical case management in Rehab in the past. I find most places dont even know there are such a thing as outpt dialysis clinics much less know what we do. I also have extensive CC background. I'm getting calls but all out of state and I dont want to move. Have an interview Monday as a Research Coordinator so wish me luck.

It is very frustrating when you know you can do the job however no one will give you a chance.

As an RN with 30 years experience in a number of fields, it has been very difficult to get to the

second interview. I keep plugging away as I do like being a nurse. However I may just give it up

and be a census taker:D!

tokmom, BSN, RN

Specializes in Certified Med/Surg tele, and other stuff. Has 30 years experience.

Hang in there. I was out for almost 5 yrs and had to go back do to my husbands health. I'm now the breadwinner.:crying2: I thought with 16 yrs of heavy med/surg experience it would be a cake walk to find a job. Boy, was I mistaken. It took me 3 months to find a job on a med/surg/tele unit in a very small hospital.

Recruiters didn't like the fact I had been out, but they really didnt' like my not having ACLS. They also told me the economy was a recruiters dream, as nurses were coming out of retirement to work.

If you do land a job, beware. Every place I interviewed for told me that I was going to be starting on a 8 yr pay scale. Never mind the full 16 I worked. They factored in my previous PT position (3 days a week) and my time away. I couldn't live off of that, so told this rural hospital another hospital offered me a position and were going to honor my 16 yrs of experience. They called back with a counter offer that I took.

You might have to go the LTC route to get some experience under your belt.

I don't think that these recruiters realize you don't lose your nursing touch and common sense. Yeah, the charting is computerized and you don't even want to get me started on the Pyxis for meds, but my assessment skills are as sharp now as they were 4 yrs ago.

pbirdy

Specializes in Med Surg, Telemetry, hhc. Has 15 years experience.

Oh man! I'm more frustrated than I was before. I live in Florida and now they are saying that the Treasure Coast is going to be busier because of all the snow birds coming back. They need more experienced nurses~~~~ OMG!!! What do you think Orientation is all about then????? This whole thing is smelling like a scam. They want to pay less for nurses. I think that if I even had a chance, they would start me out on a salary like a new graduate!!!! You've got to be kidding me!!! I feel that I would probably be considered as a new grad because of my absence!! So.........they're saving money but I would be working like a dog because I know all of my experiences would be flooding back to me!! I know that I would be doing more than my minimal pay, more than a new grad would be capable of................I'm more frustrated than ever. I can't get a foot in!! Geezzz, all I'm asking is for another chance again. These people who decide who gets in with an absence in the field have never been there. They just don't understand. Forget it then. I could be making good money as a dish washer getting tips from the servers!!!! What a waste.

littleneoRN

Specializes in NICU. Has 6 years experience.

I don't know if it has much to do with experience, lack of experience, or absence from the field. Look around at the economy and notice that the jobs aren't exactly abundant right now. It's not just nurses with an absence from the field who can't find a job. It's experienced nurses, new nurses, and people in every field. Where do you live that dishwashers can make as much as new grad RNs? You either have some highly paid dishwashers or terrible nurse's pay...

TreehuggerRN

Specializes in LTC, med-surg..

The days of hiring foreign nurses is over. Look around here and you'll find plenty of nurses, new and experienced, looking for jobs with no luck. Hopefully someone will have advice for you, all I have is a pile of decline letters.

All I have are a bunch of automated reject letters jamming up my computer.

Thank all these nursing schools recruiting new nurses. I can tell you right now where there is a community college next to a hospital who has a contract with the school to get their new grads so the nurses can walk from school across the parking lot to the hospital, just like a cattle chute! They've got them coming all day, why would they need us?

Nursing shortage my you-know-what.

DeLana_RN, BSN, RN

Has 22 years experience.

Don't give up, fellow out of practice nurses; I had been away from practice for more than a year (having done chronic and then acute dialysis for years), and from stepdown nursing for several years; it took a few months, but I was recently hired on a hospital stepdown unit. My new manager is very understanding and giving me a full 12 week orientation. I can't say it was easy, but it can be done!

I always say it's wildcat days for healthcare employers; they're enjoying a glut of applications right now, turning away applicants left and right (in desperation I applied to a night shift on an ortho floor - something I don't even like - last summer; the manager had 20+ applicants and wouldn't even talk to me!) No sign-on bonuses, and I know I was fortunate I got my last pay rate (and not less).

But they have no foresight, do they? Some of the nurses on my unit are more than ready to retire... as soon as the economy improves. And we're seeing signs of that now, but do the employers? Hang in there, soon - very soon, I think - things will change again in our favor ;)

Best of luck to all of you,

DeLana

pbirdy

Specializes in Med Surg, Telemetry, hhc. Has 15 years experience.

OMG! Thank you for that ispiration. I am still looking. STILL!!! I got a call from one of the hospitals after I emailed them my resume. She said that since the season is coming on and that all of the snow birds are coming back, the hospitals were going to be very busy and they only needed experienced nurses. GIVE ME A BREAK. I was so heart broken. There are jobs out there but I can't get my foot in. This sucks. I have two nurse recruiters working on this and they are saying that they are hearing the same thing. I really hope that when the economy is restored, these big shots have a hard time finding us!!! I hope someday to be able to pick and choose......just like the good ol' days! Hmph!

Ginger's Mom, MSN, RN

Has 41 years experience.

Hospitals are not the only place that employs nurses, have you looked at Home Care or Long Term Care as a re-entry?

Supply and demand, in a few years they will be crying for nurses, now experienced nurses are a dime a dozen. Best of Luck.

pbirdy

Specializes in Med Surg, Telemetry, hhc. Has 15 years experience.

Hey MedSurg32RN. Yep, applied to hospice, home health agencies, etc. Same story.

I can't wait to hear them CRY!! lol