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  1. dds520

    Need some support Florida IPN

    I just got my license back after 10 mos. I am not on the internet, and have no narcotic restriction. Wouldn't you think that makes things a little easier????? Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it does not. I cannot get a job, even though I did not divert, even in a nursing home. I am testd weekly, and have been clean and sober for over a year. I am very discouraged, and wondered what other careers nurses go into, because here'e the other bit of bad news. I will not make anything like I was making in the hospital for several years; I would say a deficit of about 10.00 per hour exists. So I'm thinking...I'm almost finished with a coding course on line, and I was ethinking of learning MDS, but truly, I'm no whiner...I got myself into this, but it seems like the monetary punishment is part of the package. I have learned slowly to love myself, and will not go to work for 20 to 25 dollars an hour. I'm thinking of real estate, finishing my coding class, taking the nursing home administrator's test, going tback to school for my MSN, I don't know. But I will not be demeaned by the hourly wage I'm being offered. Where do nurses go when they quit nursing?
  2. dds520

    No freaking jobs!

    Thank You!
  3. dds520

    No freaking jobs!

    12step: I, too, am a self reporter, on the advice of my attorney. We'll see. I think I'm going to have a hard time, like you, and I'll wait and see, but I just don't know if I want to put myself through that. As the economy picks up,then we'll really see. Right now on hanging on by a thread, but I will not give up on myself. I will somehow make a living, and so will you.
  4. dds520

    No freaking jobs!

    Thanks Jack!!!! You can bet this country is in trouble. No more one career a lifetime and gold watch at the end, huh? Anyway, I am a perfect candidate for a CRA, and I didn't even think of it. I have pharma experience/sales management. I don't even have a contract yet with the board. This was a very small thing, once around with a narc, but just enough for me to know I had a problem, and work a full program of recovery. I admitted months ago, and gave my word not to work as a nurse. So, I thought about different things, and really devoted most of my time to recovery. I wondered if I liked nursing enough to grovel and get a nasty job in a nursing home, but we'll see. I'm screened once a week, and I am perfectly clean, and have been for over 7 months. In some ways, it was the best thing that happened to me. I feel for your brother. Clean as a whistle, and at our age, I'm even a little older, saying see ya later....the only thing is I have good genes so still look 40, but I find I'm encountering ageism along the way. That's why I chose informatics. If you can make your fingers dance across the keyboard, and get people the results they are looking for, they don't care how old you are. Also real estate...you sell houses, and no-one cares about your age; in fact it's better to be a little seasoned. So, I'm waiting to see what God has in store for me. I do see nurses go back to work from recovery, but they are nursing home jobs, and if you don't mind that, well, then good enough. Some are better than others. I woulnd't mind working in CD.
  5. dds520

    No freaking jobs!

    What is tpapn? Please explain. Don't sweat about kindred..they are one of the worst companies I've ever come across and have had the ultimate displeasure to work for. Don't use them as a benchmark. Now, I'm assuming you are on probation with restrictions. Don't give up, if you really want to go back to nursing, or if that is all there is you think you can do. Are you in a nurses recovery group? I know people who have gone out and gotten jobs in crappy nursing homes and everything else, but they got their foot in the door! Try to find out who will use nurses who are ON CONTRACT. That's what we call it here. I know it sucks. I've heard that in-person works better than on the phone. Go like you are going to an interview (cold calling). You WILL find one place that will take you, believe me. GOD didn't bring you this far, just to drop you. Imay have more words or know something else, but I've got to know that that TPAPN is. For me, I am enrolled in informatics, and considering takiing the realestate course and exam. Somebody asked if I wanted them to sponsor me, so I told them I'd think about it, but until I graduate at the end of the year, it might be a good idea. I definitely need some money. Right now it's school and unemployment. Thanks for listening and please , someone, tell me what is TPAPN.
  6. dds520

    Help! Should I file for Unemployment???

    cal: Are you in a state where there is TDI?- in 5 states, RI is one, there is a thing called temporary disability insurance. It will get you through times like this. I would, in any event, file for any kind of unemployment you can get. I would RUN, not walk to my doctor, and be examined. Usually, with a good doc, you will stay out of work, and probably get some medication. I'm not a doctor, but something is going on, and there is no shame in having a panic disorder. It is usually treated with something like Paxil and serious talk therapy with a good LICENSED therapist. Believe me, I've seen miracles, and people turn around and go to work. But, it is a process, and you need to accept that you deserve the help!..Now go get it. xoxoxox Di