Is There Any Hope for Someone Like Me?

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zeb in Missouri

48 months ago

A little background first: I have some schooling, but didn't finish. I started working years ago as a student and have managed to continue in the field. I am currently licensed in the state of Illinois as a Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP). I have 15 years or so of experience in general therapy, adult critical care, ER/Trauma, long-term vent/trach care, some home care, and some time doing sleep studies about 12 years ago(lately I have been doing some "refreshing" at my hospital's sleep lab.) I have worked at a large teaching hospital, and smaller community hospitals.

I feel like I'm stuck where I'm at and believe it's time for a change. But is there any place for me to go in my situation? I would be willing to relocate just about anywhere, even a place such as Alaska. The job market is saturated here, but I'm sure there are jobs somewhere. But would I be qualified for anything? I'm sure that I'm going to enroll in Independence University (a traditional program is not an option right now) to obtain the education necessary for credentialing, but even if I do, is there any chance for work in another state? Anyone have any ideas? Thanks.

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JonH

17 months ago

Not sure. Maybe someone else will have some ideas. I'm sure you're not the only one in this situation.

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marti in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

17 days ago

I haven't worked in Respiratory for 4 yrs. I am a RRT with over 20 years of experience. No one wants to hire me. Anyone have any suggestions.

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xboxer in Tucson, Arizona

17 days ago

I've read on the RT Forums how bad it is. People need to read them. The testimonies of real techs tell you what it is like.
I see how most medical jobs are just saturated fields. Yet, you keep seeing people online "announcing" they are going to school for this or that. Perhaps these are schools marketing themselves.
But any field that has to be "advertised" is buyer beware. One is better not getting a huge loan around their neck and no job.

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xboxer in Tucson, Arizona

17 days ago

zeb in Missouri said: A little background first: I have some schooling, but didn't finish. I started working years ago as a student and have managed to continue in the field. I am currently licensed in the state of Illinois as a Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP). I have 15 years or so of experience in general therapy, adult critical care, ER/Trauma, long-term vent/trach care, some home care, and some time doing sleep studies about 12 years ago(lately I have been doing some "refreshing" at my hospital 's sleep lab .) I have worked at a large teaching hospital, and smaller community hospitals.

I feel like I'm stuck where I'm at and believe it's time for a change. But is there any place for me to go in my situation? I would be willing to relocate just about anywhere, even a place such as Alaska. The job market is saturated here, but I'm sure there are jobs somewhere. But would I be qualified for anything? I'm sure that I'm going to enroll in Independence University (a traditional program is not an option right now) to obtain the education necessary for credentialing, but even if I do, is there any chance for work in another state? Anyone have any ideas? Thanks.

If your field is saturated, why do you want to go back to college for "credentialing"?
No one is going to create a job for anyone based on credentials.

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