Thanks for all of your replys about my attempting to go back into nursing after 6 years. I went to a job fair the other day and have been depressed ever since. I spoke with several recruiters and they were less than helpful. They had a very hard time getting past the "six years". They would let me go right to med/surg with a short part-time orientation but for mother/baby they want a full-time 3 month orientation. With 5 children aged 6 and younger and a husband who works 12 hours a day and travels alot there is no way that I can do 3 months full-time. My dreams of OB are dying a slow death!! They did not really care that I am very current in breastfeeding, faithfully read my JOGNN, have been doing legal consulting on birth injury cases for 5 years for my husband ( he is an attorney), and am a Certified Infant Massage Instructor. Not to mention having a lot of "life" experience with birthing and newborns. They were only focused on the dreaded 6 years. I have tried to stay somewhat current as much as possible with the literature, but they did not care. So, I guess that my nursing career will not be resumed until my youngest (who is 8 months old) is in pre-school.
Thanks for letting me rant. I actually feel better now.
Feb 3, '03
Sorry you're having such a time of getting back in, wish I could give some wonderful advice to get you going in it. Never know when the window of opportunity will open, wish you the best when it does.
Feb 3, '03
what about child birth ed? it could be a back door into a job on mother baby for you. we've hired several of our child birth ed. people on our floor as prn's. some had not done bedside nursing for a good length of time. you have a great back ground. we also let people orient part time. sorry to say i am in pa.
i feel bad for you. there's only a shortage of the "right kind of nurses" you know. the ones hospitals really want. young and healthy- but experienced, single and not dating or having any social life, willing to work all sorts of hours and weekends and holidays w/o complaints for rotten salaries, will stay for an organization for awhile, but not long enough to accrue costly vac and sick-time bene's, in other words, the stepford nurse. i think administrators really believed pt barnum when he said there's a sucker born every minute. thank god the birth rate for fools has been rapidly declining in the past few years. there may be something out there for you. i hope so. it just disgusts me that a facility won't take a chance on you but is probably whining about how short of nursing staff they are.
Feb 3, '03
I meant to reply to you, but somehow I hit the wrong button and it went under it's own topic. Please read "keep trying".
Feb 4, '03
Could they take you in nursery or postpartum?
(if they have those separate units, that is....)
What about becoming a Doula, to get some more "hands-on" experience with labor? Don't know if that would help or not... (although with 5 kids, how much more hands-on can you get?)
Good luck...hopefully they come to their senses!
Feb 4, '03
You guys are fantastic, you know? Thanks for all the support. How does one become a doula? I have looked into becoming a lactation specialist, but it takes a LONG time teaching breastfeeding (bfing your own children does not count) to be able to sit for the exam. I am trying to work my way in by teaching Infant Massage to the staff at some hospitals around here. Maybe then I can get to the nurse manager and see if she will take a chance on me. The recruiters made it seem like I would not be a "desirable" nurse to the managers because I was looking for less than 20hrs a week. But if they are so short, don't you think they would want whatever they could get? I am hoping that the recruiters are just a lot more picky than the managers. But, maybe I am just delusional!!
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