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Unemployed NURSE

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by gabrield gabrield, BSN, RN (Member)

gabrield has 6 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Home health Care.

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Hi, I feel pathetic being one of the unemployed nurses here in the Philippines. You see, I graduated last March 2007, subsequently passed the June 2007 NLE with high ratings. I tried to apply to many hospitals hoping they could accept me but days, weeks and even several months went by without any of them calling me for interview :(. I feel insane doing nothing so I decided to review and take the NCLEX first during those times that I'm waiting for employment. I do volunteer work in a nearby hospital which also gives compensation, attended seminars and trainings while reviewing for the said exam. I took the exam last June 2008 and subsequently passed it in God's grace. I do volunteer work again and started reviewing for my Ielts and passed it just recently. :)

In all those times that I'm unemployed, I see to it that I'm making use of my time to upgrade my skills and knowledge. I will not lose hope---I will again be job hunting 3 days from now. :) Wish me luck.:yawn:

~~When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.~~

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Too many unemployed nurses and no experience....Sad thing is that most of you are considered "outdated" in the US standards....If you're not currently working as an RN, then you're considered "outdated" and most likely will have to take some sort of refresher course....If they make US "outdated" RN's do that, I'm sure they will make foreign trained RN's do that too....If you're not current in the nursing practice it's going to be very hard to find a job due to the fact that health care is constantly changing...

What other places there in the Philippines can you apply for a job as a nurse? Clinics? Nursing homes? I know it's hard there in the Philippines but trying all avenues and landing employment is very crucial....With all these volunteer programs out there and you having to pay them to work for free, most countries don't use that as experience as you need to have paid experience. Good Luck

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MissRN0520 specializes in Private Duty Nursing : 1 year.

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Hi Everyone, just dropping by to share the same sentiments. currently unemployed...I used to work as a private duty nurse in KSA for almost a year and decided to come home to get specialization. I passed my NCLEX-RN (for CA), BLS (PNRC) and waiting for my EKG and ACLS training at the Phil. Heart Center. I'm just a little down when i heard that the BLS,ACLS trainings here in the Philippines are not reciognized in the US and i will be leaving for the US in 7 months. I don't know what to do with the remaining months while waiting. I'm thinking of taking Masteral Units this summer but torn with wanting to do the Critical Care Course at the PHC...which do you think is better?...was even thinking of working at the call center to get extra income...thanks for your coming advises!

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judeamaria is a RN and specializes in Coronary Care.

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I'm also unemployed. I started job hunting in December 2007. Luckily, I was able to train at a hospital between June to September 2008. Then 2 weeks ago, I called that hospital to follow up my application. They told me there's no vacancy and they even encouraged me to apply to other hospitals. I have applications in another hospital, and there's also no vacancy yet. And so I tried to look for other non nursing but health-related jobs. I also considered volunteering but I backed out again because I'm really against this volunteer system here in the Phils. Now I'm waiting for the commencement date of training in a medical call center. Hoping everything will turn out well for me this time. I just want a paid job and hopefully related to nursing.

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judeamaria is a RN and specializes in Coronary Care.

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To FutureORnurse,

I'm more attracted to the critical care course. HOw about you? Everything depends on which you really like most.:redbeathe

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echo23 has 3 years experience as a RN and specializes in ER.

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I graduated last 2007 and also took the June NLE but upto this very moment i still got no job. What im focusing now is my review for IELTS. Im just waiting for a call or text from the hospital that i applied for, i already passed the final interview, but i've been waiting for like 3months since they're still freeze hiring. I hope they will hire me soon but still unsure.

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unemployed too. nah . . . after i passed my nle, i immediately took my cgfns and ielts. i found a work in saint augustine , thought caregivers and practical nurses but resigned after 3 months because i took care a sick family member. had my training in st lukes cathlab at the same time i self reviwed for my nclex , unfortunately i was not hired. i also passed my nclex last year of november. right now, im looking for job in hospital and still looking. i do have all my exams but my exams that supposed to give me credit gives me negative feedback for a reason that hospitals think that i will not stay long enough in their hospital. before, i usually include my exams in my cv for a reason that im proud that i passed all of them but it was a wrong move for me and now i dont include them anymore.im still looking and not losing hope. life is short to be miserable. . im planning to apply in saudi because they accept 0 experience nurse but id been there last week but they dont have opening for male applicant , il just check them after 1 month. be postitive guys and put extra effort in your job hunt.

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kyckerz has 1 years experience and specializes in School Nursing / Education.

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I'd say go for Education field.. and then look for Special Education category.. and then get some certificates, education units and teach "gifted children" like what I'm doing right now.. I guess it's still connected to nursing right?

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echo23 has 3 years experience as a RN and specializes in ER.

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wanna try call center jobs as healthcare account while waiting for the hospital to hire you? hehehe.. im seeing that option..:D

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We're all in the same boat. I graduated Mar 2007 with high hopes of getting employed. I passed the local boards and started job hunting. The thing is, I'm now working as a customer care rep for Bayer Healthcare. :typing It is still related in a way because we cater diabetics, but I would really like to be IN a hospital! I'm applying as a nurse for KSA because they do not require hospital experience...2009 should be a good year for me! Let's just try our best to reach our goals. Let's try to be positive (even if the hospital doors is closed for us. haha):plsebeg: Good luck to us and God Bless!

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judeamaria is a RN and specializes in Coronary Care.

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I'd say go for Education field.. and then look for Special Education category.. and then get some certificates, education units and teach "gifted children" like what I'm doing right now.. I guess it's still connected to nursing right?

Hi kyckerz,

Where do you train for SpEd? I've been looking lately in the net about trainings for those wanting to teach gifted children but haven't found anything yet. Hope to hear from you. :)

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Ginger's Mom has 41 years experience as a MSN, RN.

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We're all in the same boat. I graduated Mar 2007 with high hopes of getting employed. I passed the local boards and started job hunting. The thing is, I'm now working as a customer care rep for Bayer Healthcare. :typing It is still related in a way because we cater diabetics, but I would really like to be IN a hospital! I'm applying as a nurse for KSA because they do not require hospital experience...2009 should be a good year for me! Let's just try our best to reach our goals. Let's try to be positive (even if the hospital doors is closed for us. haha):plsebeg: Good luck to us and God Bless!

Actually many of the positions that are projected for the USA are going to be positions like you are doing now. The need for hospital nursing is decreasing with the shift to outpatient nursing. Is there a way you could become a CDE ( certified diabetes educator) that is a job in demand.

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