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  1. jsteine1

    I hate nursing

    Neezy so sorry you're feeling trapped and hopeless. I think a person can get in such a bad place that they become paralyzed to make needed changes. I'm a retired RN and was assaulted by a thug patient and that did it for me. If at all possible, pls try to take a very part time job perhaps retail, to get a feel for how you do outside of nursing. As far as pursuing an RN. Doesn't make sense given how you feel. It won't make much of a difference. Facilities will continue to cater to subhuman types to gain high satisfaction ratings. Best of luck to you
  2. Chamberlain school of nursing awards, 80 credits toward a bsn. This program can be Completed online. The 80 credits are for diploma or associates with current RN licensure.
  3. As a long time employer, I will tell you that resumes for anyone other than middle to c-level management is a waste of time. Most hospitals/ health care related businesses use an applicant tracking system which produces numerous statistics useful to future recruitment and retention efforts. Thats why they want the info presented to them in a certain way, ie their application forms. A good resume' will not help if the setting you are applying to does not have an approved open position for which your background specifically fits. If they have certain criteria, but have not advertised that criteria, that would be the explanation for non-responsiveness.
  4. As a long time employer, I will tell you that resumes for anyone other than middle to c-level management is a waste of time. Most hospitals/ health care related businesses use an applicant tracking system which produces numerous statistics useful to future recruitment and retention efforts. Thats why they want the info presented to them in a certain way, ie their application forms. A good resume' will not help if the setting you are applying to does not have an approved open position for which your background specifically fits. If they have certain criteria, but have not advertised that criteria, that would be the explanation for non-responsiveness.
  5. Sad to say, but the reason HR wont be specific about job openings is that there is a plan in place to terminate someone who doesnt yet know it.
  6. As many posters before me,I was just saying that if you dont specify that this experience was as a student nurse, it could make you look bad and not trustworthy, which is not the case. The whole hiring process is 50% hard qualifications and 50% gut and intuition about a candidate.
  7. jsteine1

    2005: The State of Nursing Salaries

    Hi there. Im also 54, an "old Nurse" ( 30 years) and left the bedside for business in 1979. Of course, your points are right on, you're simply stating the supply and demand theory. Problem is: I have seen the shortage ebb and flow over the years several times and still nurses salaries havent "corrected", so to speak. I believe this is the reason: every Hospital, clinic, whatever has what you could refer to as a "delta" level of staffing. Its ideal based on projection of acuities and census variation. In the aggregate, and when annualized, it still costs a hospital less to use travelers and agencies when needed and keeping the vast majority of professional staff at salaries just high enough to hire and maintain some level of retention. Having said that, we have seen that in almost any other line of employment, your theory would get results and in a hurry!! Run for office, I'll vote for you
  8. jsteine1

    2005: The State of Nursing Salaries

  9. I am an employer who hires nurses and here's my advice. Your clinical experience in school is supervised closely and unpaid. Thats not to say it wasnt valuable, but in some settings, their are reimbursement and regulatory reasons for requiring at least a year of experience. For those pursuing their first professional job, I would suggest focusing on other skills you may have acquired that are valuable! Most important, dont fudge that resume. All new hires will be reference checked, if this prospective employer contacts the HR dept of where you did your clinicals, you are not in the records as an employee. We know that if you graduated in '05 and your stated experience was in 03 and 04 it was student clinicals. Did you do any part time work involving people skills? Have you volunteered which demonstrates committment and generosity? Have you sought out time management or other life skills courses which shows initiative? In settings where new grads are welcomed, these are also important considerations. Best of luck to you.
  10. jsteine1

    getting independent health insurance?

    COBRA is actually higher because of the administration fees paid to the cobra administrator and it is also higher as you do not entirely benefit from the group discounts associated with being an employee of a good size company. I would also check the timing requirements when talking about using COBRA between travel assignments. There is some minimum employment requirement in terms of time, check it out first. It may exceed the typical terms of a travel assignment.
  11. jsteine1

    Milk and Molasses Enema

    I'm an oldie but goodie, but never heard of this one! Whatever works!
  12. jsteine1

    desperatly seeking cover letter advice

    Unfortunately, in many health care settings I wonder who actually pulls off the cover letters and resumes from online submissions or whether they do at all... They may not have any clerical positions open at all, thus you are not getting a response. It's rude, trust me, I know! I would suggest walking in to HR at the places you wish to work, looking sharp. You might have a better shot at something that fits your skills. You will find that if an open position does not exist that matches your skills, you will not get a response. They are too busy processing the people that match their needs at any given time.You need to find out what they are looking for, is it in food service or perhaps the ancillary services, ask for a job desciption and personally explain what you can bring to the position. Best of luck!
  13. jsteine1

    How would you handle this difficult person?

    You're the professional, Shes the aide, take this to the executive Director. Shes dangerous..
  14. jsteine1

    Nursing Salary...

    No one who has done their homework goes into Nursing for the money. Its just not there. But here's the key: There are not too many professions I can think of where an individual can move almost anywhere in this country and have several jobs in different settings available to them. I just got a wonderful managerial position in Home Health and Hospice. I am an RN, but Because I had not been actively practicing for so many years, but had instead worked as an executive for health care companies, I was out of work for 8 months. I made four to five times what an RN makes while working in management for the last 30 years, but if you average in the risks and potentially long periods of unemployment and the stress that it entails, due to company consolidations,downsizing, right sizing, stupid sizing reimbursement changes resulting in line of business reductions, it all comes out about the same over the life of a career. I had to get this OLD to figure this out!!
  15. jsteine1

    Did anyone else have their fingerprints rejected by FBI?

    I did in Illinois, it's been a nightmare. The first card was smudged and rejected by FBI- however, I wasnt notified of this for FOUR MONTHS! Next, I had the prints re-done by a senior officer and the FBI lost them or so they say. I didnt wait to not be told, so I tracked them like a dog. NEXT, I had a livescan set of prints done, had to wait 3 weeks for an appt for livescan in my area. Still waiting and my temp license expires in early November. That was 51.00 each time.
  16. No, they, for the purposes of admission,want to know that you hold a valid RN license from any state. Eventually, of course you would apply for Texas licensure by endoresement.