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    Nurses that “only do it for the money”

    agreed 100%. and i am one of those people who just did it for the money. bad idea; it's not enough.
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    If not nursing then what?

    my dream job is to create a successful business teaching cooking classes online. "plan B / not a dream job but better than nursing" is web development.
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    i'm not going to comment on this again, as I do not want to further derail what is supposed to be a topic for venting about rude/abusive/overly-entitled patients. so for clarification: I do not believe that anyone should be considered "too old" to start a new career; however, I recognize that age discrimination does happen and is rampant in certain industries, and I fear being on the receiving end of it when attempting to get out of nursing and into tech in my mid-to-late 30s. Recognizing that something happens is not the same as condoning it.
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    thank you so much for the encouragement; i appreciate it :)
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    saying that I am worried about age discrimination is "engaging in it"? ok whatever.
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    it's ok to calm down. i'm 35, so yeah, 40 is right around the corner and I'm terrified because I'm not naive about how much age discrimination goes on in my country, especially in tech (which is what I want to do).
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    I agree 100% @OP. I regret so much going into student loan debt for this stupid career only to be treated like ****. I'm so ******* tired of the lack of respect and being forced to take constant abuse with a smile. I want to change careers, but I'm terrified of failure. I'm also terrified of waking up at 40 and realizing it's too late to change careers. I wish I would have studied that I actually wanted in the first place, instead of allowing my family to pressure me into a career I knew I would hate since day 1 of job shadowing.
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    Quit new LTC job for dream job offer?

    that's what I was thinking as well.
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    what would you do? (kind-of new job; ipossibly moving)

    no, he's been unemployed and looking for work since January, hence his frustration. and yeah, I'm also REALLY concerned about "what if it doesn't work out in another state and we have to move back?" because I currently work at the only decent company in our tiny state; most facilities here have been bought by one of two giant corporations and the working conditions suck. yes of course, I've told him all of my concerns and asked if he would be willing to compromise - i.e. take a contract job here for 6 months to a year - which would likely be beneath his skill set, but it would give both of us time to save up money and it would help me to not burn bridges with the only decent SNF company in our state. He said he really wants to have a new start ASAP, and that we could do long-distance for a few months until I'm ready to move. Obviously I don't want to do that, so that's why I wanted to get some insight from other people in nursing re: how long would I have to stay at this job to leave on a good note and/or how to quit without burning bridges if necessary? I'm really hoping he manages to find a job here and then we won't have to worry about it, so I'm trying to gently convince him to at least keep LOOKING in this area.
  10. i've been working for my current company PRN (per diem but often full time hours because I took every shift that was up for grabs ) for 5 years. 4 months ago I applied for a full time position and got it. Recently my fiance got fed up with the lack of professional opportunity in this area for him and has been applying for jobs in other states. I was specifically asked in the interview "is there any chance you might be relocating anytime soon?" because the RN i was replacing had just quit due to her partner transferring out of state. At the time of course I said no, we're settled here. it's just been in the past two weeks that my fiance came up with this idea that he has to move to get ahead in his career. He assumes it will be no problem for me to relocate because "there are hospitals everywhere". but I'm afraid of burning bridges at my current job if he does manage to land a job out of state soon. I've worked for the company for 5 years PRN, but have only been full time staff for 4 months, and I specifically said in the FT interview that I wasn't going anywhere. Every time my fiance talks about out of state jobs he applied to or opportunities that someone in his professional network told him about, my stress level goes through the roof. Do you have any advice on how to handle this? If he does land an out of state gig, how long do you think I have to stay at my current job in order to leave on a positive note with good references?
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    did I kill my chances of ever working again?

    I know. When I did a local contract before, I made sure it was 50+ miles from my tax home, and I stayed with my aunt while working and paid her rent (via online banking so I could create receipts as proof). Really the only thing I'm worried about is being blackballed because my second travel contract didn't go well.
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    did I kill my chances of ever working again?

    No, it has to be agency (which is what I'm doing now) and contract work because to be honest, I don't want to be a nurse. Getting into this was a mistake, and now I have to pick the job with the highest actual pay (and ideally tax-free stipends) so I can blow through my student loan debt and then make a career change.
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    did I kill my chances of ever working again?

    Yep, it was one of those. And yes I have to work in my home state for the next several years because I am the primary caregiver for a family member. So maybe I should count on just being submitted to other companies instead?
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    did I kill my chances of ever working again?

    Yes, but it didn't go well- I apologized for not coming in and explained that I had not received any notification that they were going to start putting me on their schedule. The DON said "well I sent you a text; I don't know why you didn't get it, but I accept your apology". (And then apparently held a grudge and started using PRNs to cover their scheduling needs instead of putting me on schedule.) And yes, I did leave Facility #1 on good terms, and have been working at my current job for 3 years and counting. That might actually be a good idea. I'm not sure that I or a friend could convincingly do that, but there are companies who check references for the purpose of reporting back to you what they're saying- that might be a useful investment.
  15. 2 years ago I took a contract at a facility owned by a giant corporation. Actually I was supposed to float between two of their facilities. Facility #1 gave me 15-20 hours a week (the facility was a small group home and they didn't have full-time hours). Facility #2, a regular SNF, gave me nothing the first two weeks because their census was low, then 2 hours the third week (not a typo! two hours). The fourth week I got an angry text from Facility #2 saying that they had scheduled me for a full day and where was I? I swear I did not get any text or email from that facility informing me that they had hours for me. And I didn't think to automatically go there without notification, because so far in the three weeks since I started the contract, they had only had me do ONE new pt admit (hence the 2 hours of work). After that my recruiter said that the DON at Facility #2 was offended about the miscommunication and considered me a no-show and was using PRNs instead of scheduling me. My stipend and pay were getting cut because I wasn't working full time hours in facility #1, so I talked to the DON there and explained that I had to give 30 days' notice. She was actually really understanding and thanked me for giving 30 days (only two weeks were required in my contract). I want to get back into travel therapy, but I'm worried that I'm wasting my time because what if this experience has made me ineligible to work in any facilities owned by this corporation? Do entire companies blackball travel RNs for situations like what I've described? I suppose I could request that my new recruiter/agency not submit me for any contracts owned by this corporation, but they seem to own so much of the market that I'm afraid I wouldn't be able to get any contracts. I would be really grateful for any advice you could give me re: the best way to go about getting another contract. Thanks in advance.
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    Forced to get flu shot or wear a mask

    right?! disgusting. I didn't think any "job requirement" could be more violating than peeing in a cup with someone watching you. Trust the healthcare field to come up with new ways to remind you that they own you!