Need Advice. I'm afraid my nursing career is over. - page 4

Hello everyone. I don't want to make this so long that you have to muddle through it, so I will do my best to keep it as short as possible because I really need some advice. I'll start by... Read More

  1. by   Emma123
    thanks for all the GREAT responses so far.

    The frustrating part is that you are not technically supposed to be "negative" on an interview. So, is mentioning fear of losing my license negative? It's truthful. But I also realize that the potential employer is judging whether or not I'd say negative things about them, too. So I plan to try my best to be brief and stay as positive as I can.

    Norovirus is the nastiest stomach's sort of like tossing a coin (which end to put on the toilet), and imagine 15 of your 30+ residents, incontinent, etc. And no extra help. CENA's and I were "s" deep in work those nights...

    I am learning a lot, so please keep the suggestions rolling. Thanks for the support and insight!!!!
  2. by   RJ---RN
    I think a lot of nurses have experienced this early in their career. Be honest with a prospective employer. Tell them the circumstances, you have a good case for "license in jepardy", and a reputable employer will understand this arguement.


    Good luck! I can share some other things too if you would like to have a private chat.

    Hang in's uphill from here!:spin:
  3. by   linzz
    I have only worked in one LTC and one retirement home and was horrified at both of them. I would think that it is underatandable that you don't want to risk your licence. I wouldn't judge you at all. Good luck.
  4. by   PaulshoeRN
    Emma :spin:,

    I can sense your anguish and I feel for you. I hope you are able to find employment but I sense it may mean paying a few more dues and toughing it out. It sounds like you have been through plenty already and I'm glad you still have a passion for nursing with compassion for your patients.
    Getting back to work will take some time, effort and possibly several applications, interviews and rejections. I think, if you can get the distractions in your life minimized you will be successful. I also think up-front honesty will be rewarded by the employers who are really worth working for. In a perfect world, you could get help from extended family with your children so they can feel some sense of normalcy in this chaos. Just a few thoughts but I hope they help. Keep you chin up!
  5. by   chnc1024
    I may be wrong, but it seems to me that you simply say that you felt your license was in jepordy, wouldn't they understand that? You did say that these hospitals were known to be bad places to work, right? At lest then your potential employer would know and maybe not even call for work references (this happened to me before, not as a nurse but in general work).

    Good luck!
  6. by   Myxel67
    Quote from wincha
    In my state all the future employer is ask if you were employed the dates you put down. Also, many state do not have unions. I would look hard for a job and run when you see red flags.
    That's all they can ask here in FL too
  7. by   Emma123
    Hi everyone.
    Well I just wanted to follow up and let you know what happened this morning at the interview. First off, this is an organization that is highly regarded; I "stroked their ego" by telling them that since having some time off to think about my wants and needs, that I would apply only to those organizations that I felt I wanted to be a part of and contribute to. I started by saying, "Well there is something before we get started; in fact it may answer the 'what are your weaknesses?' question. My nursing career got off to a rough start and I take total responsibility for over-committing myself with family, mainly taking care of my sick mom. As a result, my attendance record was not up to par. I have since worked that out and enlisted help from my siblings and it will no longer pose a problem for employment with me in the future." (I interviewed with an RN and the office manager). Luckily and thankfully, they both looked at each other, nodded and said, "You know what? I admire your HONESTY. It must have been hard to admit that, but you know...what person hasn't had an ill parent to care for? We can all understand and relate to that and thank you very much for your honesty." AND....the interview went VERY well. I feel sooooo good about it. I will just cross my fingers and toes and pray that this all works out.

    The other good thing is that she knew my former boss, a physical therapist, whom she had seen for PT for a car accident and she absolutely respected him and his opinion. She said, "As far as references go, we will simply call HIM, then. How's that? I'm sure he'll have nothing but good things to say just as you do about him." HOW AWESOME IS THAT?

    I will try my best not to get my hopes up too high. But this was my second interview with them and the woman I interviewed with this morning said the first woman I interviewed with said, "I have this girl I want to send to you for the position to interview and I know you'll just love her." They actually told me that!

    Anyway, you all need to know that each and every one of you have offerred helpful advice and I sincerely appreciate it!!!



    Big P.S.
    I didn't even have to mention the worry over losing my license. As it turns out, the H.R. Manager worked there for 10 months and quit herself. She's very aware of the situation surrounding both places I worked. So it saved me from having to get into a lengthy explanation and allowed me to focus on my strengths and qualifications. Whew! Here's to hoping this all works out, and to the advice and support from all of you
    Last edit by Emma123 on Jun 11, '07 : Reason: added P.S.
  8. by   caliotter3
    Glad to read in your update that it is starting to look positive for you. Hope you get this job. Sounds like these would be good people to work for.
  9. by   nghtfltguy
    wishing you the best of luck emma~
  10. by   ismenia
    you need to get out of LTC they don't pay enough for us to pay for anxiety med. I hate LTC because for my first position after nursing school was in a nursing home and on orientation day I quit, because I felt overwhelmed when they gave me my responsabilities, they told me that if I needed anything to ask the other nurses in different units, how that sounds.
  11. by   RNOTODAY
    Emma, *excellent* explanation.......really, that rocked...Good luck!!!
  12. by   Kelly_the_Great
    Hey, Emma, how are things goin'?
  13. by   SuesquatchRN
    This sounds like I feel.

    Your career is NOT over. But I must say, as an LPN, I am going for the RN on-line because I will not be subject to the insane demands of LTC any longer and that is basically the only place you can still use an LPN license.

    Hang in there.