Ello~ I'm just curious to know, for those of you who are unemployed nurses, exactly how long have you been looking for work? What are you (LPN,RN,BSN-RN,MSN-NP,etc.) How many previous years of... Read More

  1. by   realnursealso/LPN
    Here a listing asking for "New Grads"
  2. by   Luv2care0907
    Quote from frustratedrn00
    .I gave up a job with an awesome hospital that I had worked at for 5 years; first as a pharmacy technician then a nurse..never had 1 bad evaluation. I guess job loyalty doesn't matter here in south Florida.
    I, too, living in South Florida. I have ten years of experience in NICU and OR and pediatrics. I stayed home with my children (which was the right thing to do) for 18 years. I have stayed abreast of all the latest science and health information. I retook the NCLEX in 2009 and passed with flying colors. I know that my character here 18 years later is far better than what it was then. I have grown so much. I have a whistle clean record and hundreds of people who would vouch for my reputation. I did land a job in home health but the pay has been fairly consistently <$18/hr. This is something set in stone thanks to Medicaid/Medicare. There is no such thing as a cost of living raise, a raise for good performance etc. I have submitted hundreds of applications to the local hospitals. If you landed an interview, consider yourself blessed. I haven't gotten past the outsourcing. Talk about looking bad on paper. I am supposed to interview on Thursday. This will be the first interview I've had in 2 years of job seeking. I know I should be encouraged. But I know all too well how lousy I am at interviews. Once I am working, EVERYONE loves me. I would be the greatest asset to any hospital in this area and I know it. I lay down my life for these people the minute I walk through the door. I am meticulous about paperwork and orders and other date sensitive materials while at the same time being a caring person. Whoever is being hired, all I can say is that it isn't me. I just thought you would like to know that it has nothing to do with you personally. It is this area. Another new grad wrote in a while back telling us that she was the valedictorian of her class and nobody here would hire her. Unless you speak two languages. are 22 and in great health, and have 3 years of current experience in an ICU, you are really not what they want. Discrimination? Yes. But near impossible to prove.
  3. by   Not_A_Hat_Person
    Quote from GWinRN
    Some of it may be that 3rd world nations producing nurses that are intended to work in western countries is an entire industry. Foreign nurses, namely those from Phillipines and Guam, et al, are permitted to take the NCLEX in their own country.
    Nurses from Guam aren't foreign nurses. Guam is US soil, like Puerto Rico.
  4. by   Luv2care0907
    Well after a two year ordeal (3 if you include the year of preparing for retaking the NCLEX), I finally have a job in a hospital making double what I've been making. I made it through a torturous year of home health where I was constantly being placed in a position of choosing between money, the company, the client, my license or me. I had to forfeit several good paying jobs to protect myself and my license. I had to eat dirt, do grunt work, be criticized when I know I did things right, and more. I took it all very graciously, held my head high when it happened, said thank you when it was appropriate and retained myself in the situation. These are the times when you know there's a God. I know some of you pray and so I just wanted to thank you for your prayers. They made a difference!
  5. by   Bruin's Mom
    that is so scary and sad....so much for the American worker
  6. by   ohioSICUrn
    While holding a flame-retardant umbrella i'd like to make the following points... You may not agree with me, but please allow me to point out.

    1.Just because someone speaks with a foreign accent (to your own) does not mean they are not US citizens/Residents/Legal occupants of the same soil as yourself.

    2.The economy is tough! i feel it is more productive to place the blame on the lawmakers/governing bodies/magnet bestowers etc on the fact that Nurses are working in unsafe conditions (10-12 acute pts or 30-40 Nursing home pt's per nurse). If there was a mandate that all hospitals should have safe working/accuity numbers. There would be jobs out there... not many, but more than there have been with a skeleton staff being made to take huge numbers of pt's. (oh and do away with the ridiculous Medication aides) more jobs for LPN/RN yes?

    That is all....

  7. by   Luv2care0907
    I just retook the ACLS. Cost me $150 for a one day for the proficient ACLS. It was cheaper than the 2 day. I read the book carefully, knew my ECG strips and understood the meds that needed to be given. The guy next to me in the class didn't speak a word of English. Not sure if he passed, but. . . . . I will just say the book was written in English and the entire lecture was in English. During one of our simulations when each of us had to demonstrate bagging ONE BREATH every SIX SECONDS, the instruction was saying, "One one thousand, two one thousand, . . . . ." Each breath would come after the last six one thousand. Another student who also did not speak a word of English was bagging on every count. The instructor told her 4 times that it was on the "one one thousand" that we bag and said it is after every 6 seconds. She would indicate that she understood and proceed to bag on every count. This is the thing that bothers me about adding people to the mix that do not speak our language. Where you come from is irrelevant. Most Americans come from somewhere else. You need to be crystal clear on what it is you're supposed to be doing, understand instructions, and do them to the best of your ability. It kind of reminds me outsourcing for tech support to India. Throughout every conversation I've had with one of these people, they pretend to know exactly what you're saying when after two or three comments it is perfectly clear that they didn't understand anything I said. It is scary to think that someone like that has a license and is practicing medicine in our country. One client that I cared for whose ethnicity will remain nameless claimed that I was discriminating when I told her I have to have an order for narcotics. You can't just take them whenever you feel like it unless I have an order that says this. I don't care how much narcotic she wants to take. Just give me an order. She had a supposed verbal order from an ordering physician in the hospital. Only once these folks leave the hospital, finding this guy is like looking for a needle in a haystack. They never return your calls. None of her other drs were willing to write an order after much time had elapsed. I was told by one of the physician's NPs that I was very unprofessional for asking. Did anyone in the situation stand behind me? Well sort of. I was told by the agency that I did the right thing but. . . "You're fired from the case." LOL. So I went back to making my puny salary and was happy to be making it. I would rather do that than lose my license. That is the reality of the situation.
  8. by   SpEdtacular
    It took me a year to find per diem work which I only got because someone I knew, knew someone. Before that I had a few train wreck interviews (Managers eat lunch during my interview or saying call me Monday afternoon and after leaving multiple messages and emails NO ONE EVER GOT BACK TO ME to reject me or otherwise!).

    I decided to stop looking until I had been employed at the facility for six months and was somewhat "experienced" because the constant rejection was really taking its toll. I started tweeking my resume on a daily basis and looking on careerbuilder, got lucky, and was hired by an agency for long term acute care (again per diem).

    When I hit the one year of being employed as an RN mark (and rid myself of most of my new grad cooties) I started applying again and only just got a full time job after 2 years of searching. The kicker? It's for a new grad position! I'm fine if they want to hold my hand for a few months but it speaks volumes about the job market for new grads.

    One thing I will say in retrospect is that the application process for new grads is a Catch-22. People say be open minded and tell you to apply to EVERYTHING but employers want candidates with longevity. They don't want to hire the person who's trying to get a foot in the door and is willing to take anything so if they know you applied to 1,000 jobs you give off the impression that I'm desperate to get my experience and will do anything for a year. Thinking back I didn't have the passion I have now (I found I really love progressive/long term acute care) for the positions I had tried to get and I know it probably showed.

    Good luck to everyone who is still struggling to find a position. When the rejections really start getting to you take a break otherwise you'll go insane. I was asked during my interview why it took a year to get a job and why hadn't I gotten a job sooner or why hadn't I been applying and I said the market was TERRIBLE and it was really wearing on me so as soon as I found some work as an RN and I decided I needed to take a break and the recruiter respected that.

    The market DOES SUCK; take a break but don't give up
  9. by   Sosad
    Thank you for sharing these important points! I'll definitely consider these and more on next job search and interview.
  10. by   Sosad
    Previous post meant for "skqb"
  11. by   JMacRN
    I am very frustrated. I've been unemployed for 9 months. I have submitted hundreds of applications. Had about a dozen interviews, but then no job offers. I'm disappointed and angry on how potential new hires are treated---if they say they will call regardless if you get the job, they never do? Certainly doesn't represent the company well when their employees don't follow through on their promises. I left 4 messages with a HR manager to get an update on my application (had the interview and references checked) but again no returned phone call.

    I'm thinking of leaving the nursing profession (even though I recently graduated with my MS degree--certainly a waste of money) but how do I go about creating a resume that focuses on my non-nursing experience and education?

    Any suggestions?
  12. by   not.done.yet
    If you have had a dozen interviews with no offers you need to get some help on interviewing skills.
  13. by   hotflashion
    << If you have had a dozen interviews with no offers you need to get some help on interviewing skills. >>

    Perhaps. Parhaps not. You have no idea why she's not getting offers. JMacRN may have perfectly good interviewing skills, and it's not very nice to suggest the problem lies with her for lack of offers.

    JMacRN, you certainly have some smarts and a lot of determination; you have a master's degree, no small feat. All I can say is, potential employers do not get back to you regardless what they say. They just don't, and I can't guess why that is. It is unprofessional, but my experience is that in "the healthcare industry" in general, unprofessional, discourteous behaviour is rampant and the status quo. How do you think your interviews have gone? Do you think they've gone well? Some interviews I've known have gone well, others I've known I blew it, and others I wasn't sure. Didn't seem to matter, most potential employers never got back to me even if they said they would.

    JMacRN what sort of jobs are you looking at?
    Last edit by hotflashion on Jul 8, '12 : Reason: correct typo