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  1. Medsport

    job in another state?

    I can see your point Katie5, but I just turned 41 and know I'll have to wait at least 3-4 years to get a decent rate on a new house if I dump the current one. And if I'm still single I know I'll most likely have to take another 30 year term out to be able to afford it. If I do that I'll have to work into my mid-70's, but if I stick it out here I might be able to retire in my mid-to late 60's.
  2. Medsport

    job in another state?

    The facility hired a part-time nurse to take two days each from the 3rd shift nurses so that we won't go into OT for the 4 hours a pay. Does'nt seem like it really saves them that much and most all the employees and upset about it, but I guess they are in it to make the most profit possible. Cutting back on food and supplies for the residents and upping the rent is'nt helping in keeping residents and getting new ones either imo. I had a prn job. but they let me go due to low census also. Nobody else seems to be advertising for help in this area. Maybe I should just go to all the nearby facilities and drop my resume off? As for the bk, you are not allowed to get any new loans or do a modification while the bk is pending. I could look into it after I guess. My payment and rate is'nt all that bad right now. Every year it changes though due to insurance, taxes, escrow, ect. I'm sure even a refinance would'nt help that much. I need a couple hundred a month to make a difference, not $50 or so. I forgot to mention I also have a home equity loan attached to the house which I have hardly dented in the 7 years I've had it and it is supposed to be paid off in about 3 years. No way it is now so I'm going to have to do a refinance or something when that is due.
  3. Medsport

    job in another state?

    I already asked the DON and she said it was out of her control to give the hours back as they don't want anybody to get into OT. Our census is way down right now and seems to be getting worse. Plus we got denied insurance due to not enough people signing up and we don't have any other real benefits either. I know I would probably have to move and get rid of the house if I got the position too and hate the thought of starting over at my age as I only have about 17 years left to pay on the mortgage. On the other hand the house needs a lot of repairs which I can't afford obviously and now would be the perfect time to dump the house as you can just walk away if you include it in the bk. Maybe the part-time/prn home health would be the better option (if I go to the interview and get an offer) even though its quite a drive too. I kind of got myself in a predicament with that though as I have two interviews at the same time (the home health and a production job). I may cancel the production interview as that's a long shot as its over an hour drive. But it sounds like it pays very good and I'm almost to the point of giving up on nursing as I've only had a real full-time position for a year and a half of the 4 years I've had my license. Plus just going to work and doing your job and not having too worry about anybody but yourself sounds good for a change. I did'nt realize how much stress nursing actually puts you under and runs you down when I went into it...
  4. Medsport

    job in another state?

    I've been an LPN in Ohio for going on 4 years. I've been looking for another job because the place I work got bought out by new owners and they have cut back almost everyone's hours. I got cut one day per 2 week pay to 36 hours a week, which may not sound like much, but that is about $300 less a month and I was barely paying my bills before and that's even with recently filing bankruptcy to get rid of the credit card bills at least. I like my job for the most part and have a house about 20 miles from work where I've been for 13 years. Anyway, I finally got a couple calls for interviews next week. Problem is one is about an hour drive east for part-time home health work and I've never done that. The one I'm more interested in is in Indiana and is about a 45 min. drive. It's at a large assisted living facility and looks very nice and I prefer to work in AS over nursing homes. My question is what is all involved in getting a license in another state and costs, time it takes ect. After a quick search I found a site on IN.gov that has a link to endorsement applications. Is this what I need or is there a better place to look? It did say something about paying a $50 fee and a $30 fee to verify your license. I can afford that, but what concerns me as it looks like you have to pay by credit card and I won't have any for several months due to the bk filing. I would just like to get a head's up as I don't want the interview to be a waste of time (and gas) if I can't get the license. Any info or help would be appreciated.
  5. Medsport

    need a new job

    Unfortunately no. I am good with computers and can type fairly well. That's one reason I was thinking of getting into the IT field as they are moving into medical now too, but the program I was talking about is geared pretty much to the company that is hiring in my area. Too bad you can't take a couple "regular" courses at a time that would apply towards their program that way I could put my loans in forbearance and work around my schedule. But they are not offering anything like that for that program right now.
  6. Medsport

    need a new job

    thanks for the advice. I guess I'll try calling the ones I'm really interested in even if it says "no phone calls" as it could'nt hurt at this point. I got let go from my prn job today as their census is down and I have'nt worked there in a couple months. I also found out the IT program is very intense and about 40 hours a week for 15 weeks! I don't know how I could possibly do it and work enough to pay the bills in the meantime. I would probably have to quit my current job to do it and try to find something part-time and on the weekends and take out extra loan money again if that's even possible. But in the long run, it looks like that may be my only option for making a decent living. Problem is I still have to pass the ICDL test and I hear its hard and there are no guarantees I would make it through the program.
  7. Medsport

    try corrections again?

    Yeah, I thought about applying at other locations, but the local jail is the only place remotely close in which I would'nt have to move. Like I said this jail is advertising for prn help right now. I looked at the application and noticed its from a different company than last time I worked there (they contract the nurses out). Anyway, one of the questions asks if you have ever been fired for any reason. I was let go from the job at the jail almost two years ago and they called it "budget cuts" but also made it clear it was'nt a layoff. Should I say I was fired from this place and then explain it in the space provided by saying it was because of budget cuts? It also asks what days and hours you can work and says you can't leave anything blank. What should I put for this since I work rotating days every two weeks? I'm thinking just check all the boxes and then explain it to them if I get called for an interview, afterall its for an "add needed" position. thanks in advance for any help.
  8. Medsport

    need a new job

    anybody?
  9. Medsport

    Considering leaving nursing b/c of low job market for new grads

    If you're referring to me, honestly I don't know. I've been applying for everything from grocery to auto parts store assistant managers and I may apply to any production job that may pay enough. What really has me interested right now though is a new company that came into the area that does IT stuff. They have a program at the local community college for computer programming that they hire from if you pass their interview and aptitude tests and pass the program. It will be a lot of work, but sounds like a very good place to get into. I have practically no knowledge of IT right now, but it sounds like it will soon be in all areas of life including health care. I'm pretty good with computers and something like this could'nt hurt, but then again my accounting degree went nowhere and now possibly nursing may be a dead end also.
  10. Medsport

    try corrections again?

    I worked in a local jail for a little over a year soon after I got my LPN license and this was almost 2 years ago. I was let go, but they technically called it a budget cut. It was a stressful job and took most of the full year to start to feel comfortable, but by then it was too late. My current employer cut one of my days since they don't want any of us to get overtime and I need the hours. I just noticed this same jail has an ad for prn help. Do you guys think it is worth a shot to apply there or not?
  11. Medsport

    Considering leaving nursing b/c of low job market for new grads

    I'm considering leaving nursing too. There are a few jobs out there, but it seems you have to have the right connections or just get lucky to land a full-time position even in ltc. I'm finding that most places are starting to hire multiple part-time people rather than hire one full-time person so they don't have to provide benefits and occasional overtime. Its a sad state this country is in right now. Nursing "should" be one of those jobs that are recession-proof with the aging and increasing population, but it just is not so. Most jobs are under-staffed and stressful and you have to worry about losing your job if you make a mistake with the at-will employers. I'm going to be paying back student loans for the next 18+ years for what? I can't even afford my bills right now and deferring them is'nt an option as they just add the interest on top of the balance and your payment goes up. I think I'm good at helping people, but you have to pay the bills in the meantime. Don't know what to do...
  12. Medsport

    need a new job

    I'm in a predicament guys. I've been at my current assisted living job for almost 2 years. All was going ok for the most part until recently. The company got bought out by new owners a few months ago and they made a bunch of changes. I thought things were getting better until they said they are going to take away one of our days by hiring a part-time person so we could'nt get OT anymore. I can kind of see their reasoning to save money, but for me, I just can't afford it. You see I work 3-12's one week and 4-12's the next. Cutting out one of the 12's will cost me about $150 every two weeks and reduce my hours to around 72 for the pay period. I live alone and have car, house and student loan payments and was just about breaking even with the normal 84 hours per pay period. And that is even with my recent filing for bankruptcy that got rid of about $400 per month credit card payments. I have'nt had insurance for years and they are going to offer it in a couple weeks, but no way I can afford any more money coming out of my check so looks like still no real benefits from this job. I do have a prn job, but they have'nt had any openings in the past couple months that work around my schedule. Plus its a good 30 mile drive and the price of gas keeps going up. Any ideas what to do? I've applied online to about half a dozen ads for jobs that have advertised that are within an hour drive. None have called me back. Do you think I should try calling any of them to check on the resume if it does'nt say no phone calls? I've even started applying to other jobs I think I might be able to do like assistant manager at grocery stores and auto parts stores and even applied for a pizza delivery job for part time work since I've done that before. But they have'nt called me back either. I think part of the problem is I can't put down a specific schedule since I work rotating days every two weeks or maybe my references are'nt very good. I've been using references from a job from over 2 years ago because I don't really have any recent nurses to use since there is such a turnover at my job and I don't really have any friends outside of work to use as I'm a quiet person. Anyway, any advice? Should I start sending out resumes to all local nursing homes and assisted living centers or stop in or call first? Who could I ask to be references? What about searching for jobs farther away as I guess I could include the house in the bk if I had to and move although I hate to start over at my age. I could include my car in the bk also and get something a little cheaper. Problem is finding something reliable and getting decent interest rates just after filing. I don't know, I'm about ready to give up on nursing altogether and thought about going back to school for the fourth time and getting into IT as a local company just started up and they hire people who make it through a 4 month programming course and the pay and benefits are supposed to be very good. Problem is I would have to borrow more money and pass the aptitude test, interview, ect. first and I think the classes start Monday so I may be too late for this course, but they should have another one in about 5 months or so I think.
  13. Medsport

    scrub tops

    Well just found out today we can now wear any color scrubs due to the new owners. I guess I can return the top now. I've got a bunch of different colored tops, but only white and light blue bottoms that fit.
  14. Medsport

    DON?

    Any of you thought about being or are a DON? The assisted living facility where I work at recently obtained new ownership and I just learned they are getting a new administrator and DON. They offered the DON position to us floor nurses first before they advertise. I kind of thought about it for a minute, but It would probably be a long shot for me to be a decent one. I'm the only male nurse there and I'm pretty laid back and quiet, plus I don't like 1st shift. On the other hand, I have been there the longest of the nurses (which is'nt saying a lot as the turnover is high) and I would be fair as I know what its like to work on the floor and I'm getting tired of the same old (mostly pill passing every day) and getting in trouble over small things occasionally. I'm sure it would be totally different with additional stressors, but would get rid of some too. I don't know about the pay, but would think it would be a little better and I'm just realizing I'm still going to be struggling to pay my bills even after filing bankruptcy since I want to keep my car and house and still have the HE and student loans. Just a thought, any comments?
  15. Medsport

    Write up/ disciplinary action

    Does'nt sound right imo, but every place has their own rules and policies.
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