I Don't Have Leprosy- Why Can't I Get a Job? - page 4

Dear Nurse Beth, I can't find a nursing job. I have been a nurse since 1983. I have applied to over 200 hundred jobs since 2013 when I got my Masters degree. I have interviews and have traveled up... Read More

  1. by   Here.I.Stand
    Quote from ~♪♫ in my ♥~

    While many of may age-peers still pine for paper and are minimally competent with EMR, I push the boundaries of what we can do with it. When new technology or methods are deployed, I am the first to embrace it and seek to deploy it early.

    Just because I am old enough to have watched live while Apollo 11 landed on the moon doesn't mean that I am not an enthusiastic adopter of technology,
    So true! My dad is 67, and he got our first computer in in 1984 or 1985. Think "Oregon Trail" with green graphics and a black screen. He also bought a CD player and a laser disc player (anybody remember those?) before most. He's still more of a techie than I am!
  2. by   ~♪♫ in my ♥~
    Quote from Here.I.Stand
    So true! My dad is 67, and he got our first computer in in 1984 or 1985. Think "Oregon Trail" with green graphics and a black screen. He also bought a CD player and a laser disc player (anybody remember those?) before most. He's still more of a techie than I am!
    I always joke with the gamers: "If you enjoy that PS4/X-box, you have people like me to thank for it... feeding quarters into the Pong machine at the pizza parlor and buying a home version (hockey goal, handball, and Pong)." And once we got Space Invaders and Asteroids... well, we were all that.

    My first PC experience was a Commodore Pet loading programs off of a cassette tape.

    And my first PC of my own: 1MB of RAM and a 20MB hard drive.... coupled with a 1200 baud modem.

    I was an early adopter of tech and still am... keeps the mind agile.
  3. by   Knotanoonurse
    I don't know what your specialty is, but if you have expertise in elder care, it seems there are a lot of opportunities.

    My mother has people come to care for her when I am working or otherwise not available. Some are quite good. With many, esp. new caregivers, there are a lot of gaps. What about developing a "course" for lay caregivers. Many of these people are not CNAs. They get some rudimentary training from their company, but not from a nurse. A lot of investors buy these Elder care businesses with no healthcare or elder care background.

    You could offer some free courses to let them see what they are missing! It sounds crazy, but the people who watch my mother often say, "I wish someone had shown me how to do that or that makes it easier, etc." heck you could even do some YouTube videos on lifting or bathing, etc. I have an OB background so I have no training in this area. It is frustrating when elder caregivers are learning about the elderly from me and my 30+year old nursing degree. You may have the latest greatest.
    If you are in a rural area, there are are usually less opportunities for education but a great need.

    I know this may sound like a crazy idea, but I think the right person could make this type of thing very successful. Even if you made no money, the good reviews you got could help get you another position. There are lots of churches who have health visitors. They might be a good lace to start.
  4. by   BrandonLPN
    Ageism is alive and well.

    What I don't understand is why employers pass on people in their fifties. They could potentially work a good 10 years before retirement. How many of those 20-something's do employers seriously think will be there 10 years from now? Who sticks with a job that long this day and age?
  5. by   Leader25
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  6. by   rachelak1234
    You want a job in a hospital doing direct patient care? Why? Given your background, and especially your education, many employers would consider you to be overqualified. In the past when I have applied for direct care positions (I only did this because I needed the money), I had more than a few recruiters, managers and employers tell me something like, "I am worried, given your background and education, that you'd be bored with this job," or "Given your background and education, why are you applying for this job? I wonder if this is really a fit for you."
    They think you are just taking the job until something better comes along.


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