Older Nurse no BSN needs advice

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Specializes in 25 years Level1 ER/CCU/CVICU/Preop.

I am a nurse with 25 years of critical care experience in a level 1 trauma center in the DMV. I have worked in the trauma center, CCU, CVICU and ran an in house transport program until 2020 when I got Covid. I missed 5 weeks of work and struggled with some long haul symptoms and left my hospital after 25 years in 11/2020 to recover and take some time off which lasted 2 years too long. I was 1/2 through a BSN but went on a program hold because I wasn't sure where I would end up. I worked in another hospital that didn't require a BSN but left after 10 months due to some stress and staffing issues. That hospital apparently blacklisted me unfairly, I was a good nurse there and gave excellent care. I cant find a job now and as a 61 year old need some advice about what type of systems in Raleigh (hoping to relocate there) that do not need a BSN. Im interested in ASC preop/PACU and urgent care. Any advice would be so appreciated. I know I went about the last few years poorly but am hoping to rebuild my once stellar career as a RN. Covid really derailed me 😞 Thank you to anybody that could help me sort this out.

 

Both Duke and UNC Health Care still hire RNs with associate's degrees.  The following was copied from job postings on the Duke ...

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All registered nurses without a Bachelor's degree in Nursing (or higher) will be required to enroll in an appropriate BSN program within two years of their start date and to complete the program within five years of their start date.

... and UNC nurse recruitment websites.

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If hired after January 6, 2014, must be enrolled within four years of employment, and obtain a Bachelor's degree with a major in Nursing or a Master's degree with a major in Nursing within seven years of employment date.

When I left UNC last year, their tuition assistance would cover up to the cost of in-state tuition at at UNC Chapel Hill.  And, I believe Duke still offers tuition assistance as well.

Best wishes.

Specializes in 25 years Level1 ER/CCU/CVICU/Preop.

Thank you. My hope at this stage of my career would be to get employment w/o going back for my BSN. I know the rules me out of the big hospital systems there but was hoping for a freestanding asc or urgent care type nursing role. I know some hospital systems like HCA still hire ADN nurses so Im hoping somebody here knows something in the RDU area.  

Specializes in Med-Surg.

I say look into those positions mentioned by the previous poster. There are two programs (AT LEAST), where you can obtain your BSN in six months. ( and Capella University) maybe even less, if you transfer your previous coursework. I did my MSN with Capella and would have completed that in 6 months had it not been for the stall from a hospital arranging the preceptorship in the end. Go for it!!

Are you sure you are blacklisted? If so, who are you going to use for references? Maybe think outside the box. At 61, it is hard to stand on your feet for hours. Consider private duty. Also working for an insurance company. Good luck.

Specializes in 25 years Level1 ER/CCU/CVICU/Preop.
Been there,done that said:

Are you sure you are blacklisted? If so, who are you going to use for references? Maybe think outside the box. At 61, it is hard to stand on your feet for hours. Consider private duty. Also working for an insurance company. Good luck.

Im a very healthy 61 I still play soccer and in excellent health I was  working four  10 hour shifts in September. I emailed my former boss who ghosted me among other clues. I only worked there less than a year I have references from my 25 year career at a leading hospital. I cant prove anything just a gut reaction as I didn't get 7 jobs I applied for that were well in my skill range but in that same hospital system Im moving forward but really thought I would reach out to the nursing community for some guidance 

Specializes in Hospice.
Been there,done that said:

Are you sure you are blacklisted? If so, who are you going to use for references? Maybe think outside the box. At 61, it is hard to stand on your feet for hours. Consider private duty. Also working for an insurance company. Good luck.

It's entirely possible that you've been blacklisted, but don't rule out age discrimination. Not sure what you can do about that, though.

Hi, I have a Bsc in Human Anatomy and I want to apply for the MPN-MSN degree at Pennsylvania University but I don't know how to start or what to do because I'm an international student

Specializes in 25 years Level1 ER/CCU/CVICU/Preop.

It appears I was not placed on the do not rehire list after speaking with their recruiter I'm still however struggling to find a Nursing position that is fulfilling and appropriate for this stage in my career. I feel cut off from the nursing world especially after covid and wonder if there are any resources to help get me back on my feet. 

Specializes in Informatics, Pediatrics, Home Health.
Been there,done that said:

Are you sure you are blacklisted? If so, who are you going to use for references? Maybe think outside the box. At 61, it is hard to stand on your feet for hours. Consider private duty. Also working for an insurance company. Good luck.

Also consider Home Health. I started HH in my 60s, made as much $$ as I did in the hospital, got to choose my hours. Most patients aren't critical, but I did have to call 911 and they got admitted, on a few patients. Your assessment skills are excellent with all that CC experience. One drawback: even on days off, I got asked to take an additional admit or cover for someone, but the company I worked for usually let my 'no' mean 'no.' No coercion. Good luck.

 

Specializes in 25 years Level1 ER/CCU/CVICU/Preop.

Thanks that's good advice Im really trying to stay out of a hospital environment at this stage. 

heron said:

It's entirely possible that you've been blacklisted, but don't rule out age discrimination. Not sure what you can do about that, though.

This was my first concern as well.  The tricky part is proving it.  You could consider speaking with an employment attorney to find out if there is any way to prove it.  But it's probably not worth the time and hassle.  
 

As to the BSN, I would be hesitant to return to school at 61.  I'm not sure the potential increased earnings for such a short period of time until retirement would be enough to offset the cost of tuition.  
 

Good luck and keep us posted! 

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