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 for 4 hour one way for an interview. I am willing to relocate for my dream job. I have had my resume professionally reviewed twice and have practiced and practiced interviewing, with myself, with other, written down questions, written down answers, sent thank you letters.have applied for entry level up to management.
The only job available is home care and I have done that and do not want to do it anymore. I want a hospital job. I have networked and asked about openings. I keep current with 2-3 ceus per week. I am certified in gerontology, have my resumes posted on different sites. The crux is that I am 57 and overweight so I can't work 12 hour shifts at a fast pace. I am currently working in an office that is not healthcare related. When I apply for jobs I write my cover letter and update my resume to reflect the needs of the position. I do not have leprosy.
Dear Can't Get a Job,
You are an RN with a Master's degree and experience. The missing piece of the puzzle here is your work history and type of experience. You do not say what nursing experience you have other than Home Health. If you are currently employed in a non-healthcare job, employers viewing your resume will want to know what your last nursing jobs were, why you left, and how long you were there.
You may want to consider options other than acute care. There are work from home jobs
out there that are worth pursuing.
You are 57 and yes, there is age discrimination in nursing
. At the same time, you are landing interviews so your resume is working for you- but you are not "sealing the deal" in your interviews. You may need to prepare in a different way. Here's an excerpt from my book:
To prepare your examples, anticipate characteristics the employer will be looking for. Their questions will be designed to test for those characteristics. For example, you could reasonably expect that an RN employer may want to know about your
- Personal ethics and insight: "Tell us about a time when you made a critical mistake at work."
- Customer service: "Give us an example of a time when you went above and beyond in customer service."
- Conflict Management: "Describe a conflict with a coworker, and how you resolved it."
- Flexibility: "Tell me about a time you had to adjust to a change at work"
- Now, think back. Recall a concrete example of going above and beyond in customer service. Think of a time when you made a serious mistake, disagreed with a supervisor, faced an ethical dilemma, and so on. As you think back, more examples will come to mind.
- Be sure to include at least one example of how you benefited a former employer through your customer service skills, as patient satisfaction is high on the radar in hospitals right now.
- Your examples can come from school, work or life experience, because what they all have in common is you. You and your behavior. Behavior that illustrates the characteristics they are looking for in a candidate. Here's how to do this...
Author, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job"...and your next!
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Personally, I would hire an experienced baby boomer nurse over a millennial for many reasons. Meanwhile excellent and dependable staff are available but are being forced out to pasture.
Some of your problem may lie here. Mentioning, in any capacity, your discontent with millennial nurses singles you out as a poor candidate. While your experience and education is impressive, your thoughts and views on nurses younger than you is toxic. Companies are going to expect you to get along with new staff and be able to work alongside nurses of varying experiences.
I'm a "millennial nurse" who is competent, dependable, and educated.
Changing your attitude may be the change you need.
Additionally, the VA hires for 10 hour shifts, not sure if that's much better for your condition, but it may help in your search.
Last edit by inthecosmos on Feb 17
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