I was laid off from a full-time telephone triage job 4 years ago. I could only find a part-time telephone triage job. I need benefits! I also was able to collect unemployment. I found a position that I knew I was not qualified for and really didn't want, but I would lose my unemployment if I turned it down. It turned out to be the worse 2 1/2 months in my life. They finally let me go. I couldn't quit or I wouldn't be able to get unemployment and I had to plea a special case d/t circumstances in order to be reinstated. I finally (Thank God) found a job 1 year ago doing remote chart reviews. I am required to work 40 hrs/week (YIPPEE!) BUT they DO NOT PAY BENEFITS. I have been working with them for one year and have not had a vacation because I can't afford to take off 1 week from work. I AM VERY GRATEFUL FOR MY JOB, though and I LOVE doing the work. While I was unemployed, I too, took some online classes to further my education and then I thought, "wait, there are no jobs out there and I have no guarantee that I will find anything in the near future". I have not done bedside nursing in 6 years and would need to take a refresher course. I have no desire to work in a hospital at this point in my life. I have been a nurse since 1989 and never thought it would ever come to this. I'm sorry, but 12-hour shifts at my age would probably kill me. I feel bad for all the new nurses graduating and I feel bad for the older nurses. I CANNOT AFFORD COBRA, so don't even suggest that! My husband is not working and it is all I can do to make the mortgage and car payment, as well as high utility costs. I was recently diagnosed with Graves Disease and Diabetes II...seeing a doctor costs me CASH up front. I miss the nursing I used to do!