Dear Nurse Beth,
I am an experienced RN with 27 years of multiple specialties behind me from trauma ICU, ER, psych etc. I went from ER to a clinic position about four years ago. I then was having difficulty at work with a supervisor so quit and have been working agency for almost a year in corrections which I love.
My problem is I can't find a permanent position anywhere. I am told since I haven't worked in the hospital setting in over a year I am not qualified to do hospital work anymore. I am finding that some new grads are in the same position but for the opposite reason of no experience. Since I live on an island jobs here are tight and new grads are getting positions only if they have already been working at the hospital prior to finishing nursing school.
The state system is hard to get into here and few job postings or are being given to new grads. Any suggestions on what I can do to find permanent employment? I need benefits. If nothing breaks soon I may have to sell my home and move to the mainland to pursue new opportunities. I have gone on a couple of interviews to the mainland but no luck. I can't keep running to another state every time I need to interview, can't afford it anymore.
Dear Needs Permanent Position,
Thanks for your question. You have 27 years of experience and recent experience in Corrections? I know here in CA Corrections is always looking for nurses.
There are hospitals who would hire you with your experience and even with 4 (?) years out, but you may have to work in rural or less urban settings initially to gain what you need- recent experience.
I would ask for Skype interviews because travel is too expensive in your situation.
It is a reasonable request.
Good luck, I know you live in what we mainlanders call paradise, but it's a very small, controlled work environment for nurses. Activate your network and let everyone know you are looking for a job.