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Bluesy51 in hoosick, New York

55 months ago

mth522 in Beaverton, Oregon said: "There are plenty of jobs for nurses?!?!"
Seattle Times reports there are 800 RN's on unemployment, most are 55 and older, and that is ONLY in Washington State!

wow.. thats amazing.. How did you find that out.? I wonder what it is for New York.. ?
Irene

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Darcy in Lake Worth, Florida

55 months ago

GET OUT OF NURSING!!! No institution really cares about Nurses... JUST FILL THE BEDS..period end of story!

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Susan in Zionsville, Indiana

54 months ago

DFish in Oneonta, New York said: "I am waiting tables a 9.5 year nurse applied to over 100 RN jobs. Ladies we should all write a letter to 60 minutes the will expose the USA. All of this is happening because of the new health plan in place. It is about money and business . I am sure you didn't do anything wrong. My friend is the highest paid nurse on her unit the powers tht be mess will her trying to get her mad enough to quit. American greed!"

Agreed. I will write a letter or sign a petition or whatever. Enough is enough.

I agree lets write that letter

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justonian98 in Corona, California

54 months ago

I have read through pages of comments and I have to share my story. I have been an RN for 27 years and have been out of the workforce for 3 years. I get emails and phone calls from recruiters on a weekly basis. I get jobs matching my qualifications, sometimes 10 job openings at a time, in my inbox. I have applied for too many jobs to count and spoke with recruiters who are interested and assure me they will call me back after speaking to their "client" but I NEVER get a call back. Job boards are filled with RN Case Manager positions but for whatever the reason, I haven't been successful in obtaining one of those positions. I have even seen positions I've applied for still posted when I never even got invited for an interview. I don't know what is going on but sharing a story about your experience with job seeking is not complaining, whining or unprofessional. It is someone's experience. And for someone to suggest relocating is not helpful when my son is a junior in high school, my husband is a few years from retiring from his job and we have a mortgage.
I hear you fellow RNs, our stories are real. Please do not give up, I'm not going to. I believe God will open a door for me to walk through to my ideal job. I have to be patient while continuing my search. I'm hopeful God will do the same for RNs with similar stories.

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Nancee in Raleigh, North Carolina

52 months ago

North Carolina is super saturated with RN's. Raleigh and Charlotte you can forget getting a job in those cities, unless you're extremely lucky or will settle for a really crappy job.

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Joules360 in Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania

52 months ago

Bluesy51 in New York in Dallas, Texas said: I feel for you big time.. Yeah I see that as well .. not to mention all these online schools cropping up everywhere.. I was foolish enuf a couple of years ago in thinking that getting my masters would make a difference.. it doesnt matter.. the jobs are just not there..
Irene in NEW YORK

Bluesy51:

Sorry you are going through trouble finding work as a RN. However, I am seeing the opposite of what other nurses are saying. I find the new nurses with Associate degrees are unemployed. I have a BSN and 15 credits from my MSN and I have a full time job and 2 per diem jobs and frequently work 60 hours a week. I have 21 years experience in the critical care areas and administration and find that experience and higher education is what hospitals are looking for. Many want to become MAGNET hospitals and that requires a larger amount of BSN prepared nurses.

Good Luck!
Joules360

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Michael in Huntsville, Alabama

48 months ago

We are in the process of recruiting an RN - Emergency Room in Corpus Christi, TX and RN - Emergency Department in Freeport, IL. If you are interest and have experience in the ER respond to this comment by emailing me mtrogconsultant@att.net

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Running1987 in Springfield, Massachusetts

48 months ago

You basically need a BSN, a in, and previous patient care to get a job at any hospitals in our state. Most LTC facilities will hire you, but pay may not be great.

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Out of work seasoned-mature nurse in Dallas, Texas

45 months ago

bluesy51 in Albany, New York said: I am actually thinking of leaving NY State... I am sick of the weather and lack of work
Texas sounds nice

Dallas-Ft Worth is a booger bear for older nurses. I am a ICU nurse with 30+ years ICU experience. HR doesn't want to see me come through the door. I have had perfect interviews. I have one interview that I am waiting for a call back. If that doesn't work out, I am going to have to a take 13-week travel contract.

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Nancee

41 months ago

justonian98 in Corona, California said: I have read through pages of comments and I have to share my story. I have been an RN for 27 years and have been out of the workforce for 3 years. I get emails and phone calls from recruiters on a weekly basis. I get jobs matching my qualifications, sometimes 10 job openings at a time, in my inbox. I have applied for too many jobs to count and spoke with recruiters who are interested and assure me they will call me back after speaking to their "client" but I NEVER get a call back. Job boards are filled with RN Case Manager positions but for whatever the reason, I haven't been successful in obtaining one of those positions. I have even seen positions I've applied for still posted when I never even got invited for an interview. I don't know what is going on but sharing a story about your experience with job seeking is not complaining, whining or unprofessional. It is someone's experience. And for someone to suggest relocating is not helpful when my son is a junior in high school, my husband is a few years from retiring from his job and we have a mortgage.
I hear you fellow RNs, our stories are real. Please do not give up, I'm not going to. I believe God will open a door for me to walk through to my ideal job. I have to be patient while continuing my search. I'm hopeful God will do the same for RNs with similar stories.

I've had same experience. Sending out a resume and not hearing anything, but seeing it posted on Job site on-line. This has happened when I know I'm fully qualified for job. BSN, pertinent experience, etc. I think many of these jobs are not even "real." Where I work now, per-diem, I've seen advertisements for a position when I know there are no vacancies! (It's a small place) Or, jobs for non-existent positions (I've seen this).

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Nancee

40 months ago

Jennifer Collins in Burtonsville, Maryland said: I am a RN I was just interviewed by a LPN she was who interviewed me she had three openings. I wasn't hired she told me I didn't have enough experience what a joke. She was a 8 years LPN and I am a 9.5 year nurse. And she interviewed me. I wasted my gas driving 25 miles for the interview.

I had an interview several months ago. Job was 50 minutes away. I had no problem driving back and forth. Pay was less than I make now (which is low), but I was still open minded enough to interview for it. It was an inquiry on my part--no position was advertised.
Interview went very well. I never heard, though, and followed up w/ her a month later (past Holiday season, which I felt was a "bad" time to f/u). She said they "weren't hiring"! I know she didn't hire anyone else, because there was no ad for a nurse. But, for her to interview me for a non-existent position. I was floored. I guess the clue during the interview was when she said "a nurse may be leaving." She kind of slipped it in there, but never told me that in our initial contact. Pathetic. Be honest hiring people--you have no integrity otherwise.

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Bluesy51 in East OshKosh, New Mexico

40 months ago

To the nurses that end up going for interviews for nonexistent jobs: I totally know how awful it feels after filling out countless job apps and last spring going on an interview over an hour away set up by a recruiter,and when I arrived the person said" sorry but were not hiring now"; I decided to get my coders certificate,sure it pays less, but there is a big demand for them and I eventually can work from home. Its sad what has happened to the nursing profession

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Warning in Riverton, New Jersey

40 months ago

Jennifer Collins in Burtonsville, Maryland said: This is the truth especially in Texas! They will take 10 patients a piece or more and not say a word.

They also come over with hands-on experience. For a fee, a hospital in their paradise will let them work, and they have plenty of guinea pigs to practice on.

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Nancee in Raleigh, North Carolina

38 months ago

I just talked to a woman the other day whose daughter graduated from pharmacy school last year. She can only find per diem work and has applied everywhere. She said that was "scary." I guess she has no idea what RN's have been putting up w/ for years!!

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Biff Bradford in Madison, Wisconsin

38 months ago

I know of a long time hospital pharmacist who has to work PMs and get's variable start times which are announced pretty much at the last minute. Not happy. Like they're trying to drive the old timers out. Times are tuff.

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smchibi in Tampa, Florida

38 months ago

I've heard a lot about oldies being driven out for the youngins in that field. It's a shame too. I guess, Millennial Pharmacy will soon arise. It's almost as if the field is becoming like nursing...or already there. I don't believe it's as cutthroat as nursing though. But I know the pharm field is heavily driven by technology or will soon be. If anything heavily saturated. I don't know even if more requirements to enter would help any either, obtaining residency. Now they're offering online degrees. And in my state alone, there are 6 schools. I thought about taking an entry position into the field...guess not.

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LaKendra Riley in New Orleans, Louisiana

30 months ago

Greetings Everyone,

If you or anyone you know that is a nurse and is in need of a career. Please apply at www.go2rl.com/vk9u for immediate consideration.

Also, to speed up the process please submit your credentials to the email below.

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Thank you,

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Irene Schwerin in Virginia Beach, Virginia

23 months ago

jencollinsrn@*****.*** in Burtonsville, Maryland said: Please write up what happened with the firing and hiring. All of this needs to be reported to date line 60 minutes. If u email it to me I will start collecting till I have 20 nurses come forward and send all of it in to the media I too know a few nurses going through this I blame socialized medicine.

Did you ever get enough nurses to write you and tell you their story so you could report it to Dateline 60 Minutes? I'm with you and we need to ban together and make this known! Please email me back and let me know your ideas! Irene

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Irene Schwerin in Virginia Beach, Virginia

23 months ago

bluesy51 in Albany, New York said: its the same out here in the Albany NY area.. I tell new grads that they need to get on the nurse practitioner tract.. forget about being a regular RN.. All the hospitals are hiring techs and new grads.. but experienced RN like myself are not getting hired.. All that education and hard work and here I am at 61 and can't find a job!! Its crazy.. so many people out in the general public think that having an RN means that you are getting big money and lots oaf work.. so when I say I am an unemployed RN they think that something is wrong with me..Obama care will only make it worse

It's the same in Virginia Beach!

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Kellbell in Turlock, California

22 months ago

Well, photographers definitely don't make hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, sorry to tell you, that would be bittersweet #dreamland honestly. But you could still make a modest income from that business for sure.

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Nettotoo in New York, New York

22 months ago

I just had to add my 2 cents. I'm an older RN with over 30 yrs experience in LTC. My old facility was sold, and they restructured on the "LPN model" in other words, they replaced all the RN's with LPNs and kept a few to do supervision. Being a supervisor has never appealed to me. I would like to try other things, such as doing assessments for managed care, but no one ever gets back to me. My job pays terrible but I know I'm lucky to have it. I wish I had done something else with my life. Nursing is a terrible field now

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regina in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

20 months ago

My unit was sold to an outside company, and my hospital is making it really difficult for the over 50 RN's to find another position. They are treating us like external candidates while other units that have been downsized are being placed into other positions. All of the younger nurses got new jobs within the system immediately, and they told the over 50 RN's that we aren't qualified despite our experience. The younger nurses were all hired into skill sets that they had no experience with. They keep telling us to look for jobs within the system, but there are none, and then we see these new faces popping up. They will occasionally humor us with interviews, and then we hear nothing back, only to find out a new grad got the job. This story is becoming increasingly common and age discrimination will not be dealt with until nurses UNIONIZE!

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- Indeed Host in Austin, Texas

14 months ago

Hello, Job Seekers

We just posted a new Indeed Blog about Nursing salaries. Take a look:

Nursing is a crucially important profession, and it will only grow more important as the population ages and we come to rely ever more heavily on these valuable professionals to care for us and our loved ones. Although salaries for nurses are relatively high, these roles are not always easy to fill. So where are the cities where it pays most to be a nurse, and what are some solutions for narrowing the hiring gap?

Read all about it and share your thoughts with fellow RNs here.

Take care,
Indeed Host

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Bluesy51 in East OshKosh, New Mexico

14 months ago

nojobRNohio in Dayton, Ohio said: does anyone know a way to get an RN job if you have a restriction on your license that is temporary. Who hires nurses with restrictions??? Thanks for your help, I have been looking for 2 years and have had maybe 4 interviews. The first one went great until I told the interviewer about the restriction (Which would not have affected the job) and she instantly looked at me like I was some kind of monster! The interview concluded, and I got the rejection letter 30 minutes later! It was extremely depressing!

My heart goes out to you. Back in 07 I got my license suspended for 2 months in the state of NY. It took a long time to get a job. It ruined my career because I couldn't get s good nursing job in an acute care hospital. So I went to work in a nursing home. After about ,10 interviews that is. And after 10 years of working subacute and case management jobs now I can't get back into acute care coz it's been a long. My advice to you is get something in insurance care management or on a nurse line Hopefully you will able to recover in a few years.

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itty bitty nurse in Houston, Texas

13 months ago

I had been hearing that there are so many tests and assessments with nurse recruiters to find a job. So much that it can be very frustrating.

Also RNs can't change jobs like they used to do. Whatever specialty you are working, you are stuck there because they want recent experience within 1-2 years. Example if you worked med-surg for years then worked home health for 2 years, you are basically locked out from med-surg because you don't have recent med-surg experience even for agencies.

Also heard that joint commission is the reason for specialty lockouts.

Looking at this forum, it is unbelievable what nurses are going through to find a job.

Any thoughts or corrections?

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Dont Sue in Detroit, Michigan

7 months ago

nojobRNohio in Dayton, Ohio said: Well the restriction will stay according to the Ohio board of nursing until I start working and am monitored for a while. Then they will take it off. You would be surprised how many places require unrestricted license. I have almost looked everywhere. I am planning a large mailing of resumes by the end of January and actually I am an accomplished photographer and have decided to start a photography business . They make hundreds of thousands of dollars a year so I am going to give it a try and see what happens and in my spare time, I will look for a nursing job. That is the game plan for 2012. Wish me luck!

sorry to hear that. the Boards of nursing are a vicious monster that need to be stopped. email me: nomorenursediscipline@gmail.com

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Dont Sue in Detroit, Michigan

7 months ago

itty bitty nurse in Houston, Texas said: I had been hearing that there are so many tests and assessments with nurse recruiters to find a job. So much that it can be very frustrating.

Also RNs can't change jobs like they used to do. Whatever specialty you are working, you are stuck there because they want recent experience within 1-2 years. Example if you worked med-surg for years then worked home health for 2 years, you are basically locked out from med-surg because you don't have recent med-surg experience even for agencies.

Also heard that joint commission is the reason for specialty lockouts.

Looking at this forum, it is unbelievable what nurses are going through to find a job.

Any thoughts or corrections ?

Until we fight back again the NCBSN and demand that they back up with all this peg holing of nurses. Used to be nurses could go anywhere and do anything now nurses quit and do something else.

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Jeffgood in Hayward, California

3 months ago

nojobRNohio in Dayton, Ohio said: does anyone know a way to get an RN job if you have a restriction on your license that is temporary. Who hires nurses with restrictions??? Thanks for your help, I have been looking for 2 years and have had maybe 4 interviews. The first one went great until I told the interviewer about the restriction (Which would not have affected the job) and she instantly looked at me like I was some kind of monster! The interview concluded, and I got the rejection letter 30 minutes later! It was extremely depressing!

Nursing home but be honest with them.

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RN1995 in Butte, Montana

22 days ago

Jeffgood in Hayward, California said: Nursing home but be honest with them.

There are fewer places for nurses to apply for jobs. Local facilities employ many travel nurses and medication assistants. Nursing homes here used to be owned by local people who saw nurses as fellow members of the community. The local hospital used to be run by local nuns. Now health care facilities are more distant and impersonal with nurses, because large companies control them from out of state. This trend has gotten worse since Obamacare started. I think that health care will only improve with less government involvement, so we can have more local control and fewer big corporations. Also, the federal law on patient abuse is too vague, HIPAA can be too strict, and we need tort reform. Nurses are often treated poorly and not respected and valued like they should be.

I am a 61 yr old RN with experience in long term care. I have been unemployed for 2 years and can’t get a job. I am a good nurse with integrity. I have often had unfair work situations in nursing because of difficult coworkers and bosses. In 2002, I made a mistake, because I was trying to avoid a supervisor. I was put on probation for my nursing license in 2003. I was supposed to be on probation for 3 years, but no one wanted to hire me because I was on probation. I asked the board of nursing to let me pay a fine or do community service, but they did not believe me that employers did not like to hire nurses on probation. After 5 years, the board’s lawyer tried to help me get off probation, but the board gave me three more years of probation. I finally got a job, but I had to put up with a lot, but I finally got off probation. However, I was listed on a national data base as incompetent and unsafe, which is not true. Employers seem to avoid me because they think I am bad. When my last supervisor fired me, she said that I should have told me that I was on probation. I can't tell my whole story in one post.

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RN1995 in Butte, Montana

22 days ago

Jennifer Collins in Burtonsville, Maryland said: This is very very true ! This happen to my friend who have over 30 years to a hospital . They kept floating her to units she wasn't comfortable in. She had a panic attack went to ER then went home. The next day she resigned. That's how u treat a woman that have u 30 years ??? American greed that's what it is.

At least I know that I am not the only one in this situation. (I am 61 yrs old and unemployed.) We should write a book together. Of course when you reduce the number of experienced nurses, the quality of care goes down. I have noticed that employers prefer young nurses. The problem is that health care employers have used and discarded us older nurses. They have not been loyal or respectful to us. They made us work short and make us risk our licenses. I am afraid to do travel nursing because it may be a risk to my license to work in an unknown place with no orientation. (How can they expect nurses to do that? It doesn't seem fair.) If nurses fight and compete for fewer jobs, they can create a hostile environment with risks to patients and licenses too. Health care employers have replaced us with foreign nurses, younger nurses, medical assistants, travel nurses, etc. We should be neighbors and teammates with our employers and patients. Local is better than global when caring about other people. Employers should use the golden rule, but money has become the priority instead of quality. The government is forcing health care to be more and more socialized, so health care gets bigger and bigger corporations to survive. It is like sharing a swimming pool with a gorilla. Socialized medicine should be banned in this country. Give nurses and patients more choices with capitalism. They should sell the VA and Indian hospitals to the private sector. Medicare doesn’t work well either.

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RN1995 in Butte, Montana

22 days ago

Teresa in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania said: I moved to SW PA in June 2012. I had a promising opportunity... went through an interview which was successful; the director even knew who she would have me orient with. The HR department asked me to account for all 35 years in nursing so she could " give me credit and compensation so 'we would be able to offer you a competive salary. THEY DROPPED ME LIKE A HOT POTATO. I contend it was because I AM experienced and the job I applied for was advertised for a nurse with at least one year experience. Isn't this some sort of discrimination? I am currently with an agency, and a previous writer is right; that does not allow for professional growth. I feel like I am working on the fringe of health care . Maybe the place to turn would be joining a professional organization. Surely they are doing something to advocate for the wealth of experience a 'seasoned ' nurse has to offer. We should have more power and be able to have some self determination. As it is now, we are a casuality. I say we bring about a class action law suit. Any ideas to empower us nurses with so much to offer, like: well developed critical thinking skills; experience dealing with diverse populations; a wealth of experience to draw on with the complexities of navigating the healthcare system?

I think that employers say there is a nursing shortage because they have discarded all of the local nurses who no longer want to be mistreated by them. There are probably plenty of local nurses, but the employers want staff who put up with being over worked and disrespected. We should unite and demand to be respected and treated properly. I don’t hate foreign nurses, but it’s not fair to replace nurses who are here. It’s like a wife being replaced by a younger woman. Employers are not being faithful or kind to us. I have noticed that the worse a health care facility gets, the more they advertise how wonderful they are on TV.

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RN1995 in Butte, Montana

22 days ago

- Indeed Host in Austin, Texas said: Hello, Job Seekers

We just posted a new Indeed Blog about Nursing salaries. Take a look:

Nursing is a crucially important profession, and it will only grow more important as the population ages and we come to rely ever more heavily on these valuable professionals to care for us and our loved ones. Although salaries for nurses are relatively high, these roles are not always easy to fill. So where are the cities where it pays most to be a nurse, and what are some solutions for narrowing the hiring gap?

Read all about it and share your thoughts with fellow RNs here.

Take care,
Indeed Host

Sorry, that article doesn't help us much. I could probably only get a RN job if I had ER experience, but I don't have it. I can't afford to relocate at age 61.

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RN1995 in Butte, Montana

22 days ago

itty bitty nurse in Houston, Texas said: I had been hearing that there are so many tests and assessments with nurse recruiters to find a job. So much that it can be very frustrating.

Also RNs can't change jobs like they used to do. Whatever specialty you are working, you are stuck there because they want recent experience within 1-2 years. Example if you worked med-surg for years then worked home health for 2 years, you are basically locked out from med-surg because you don't have recent med-surg experience even for agencies.

Also heard that joint commission is the reason for specialty lockouts.

Looking at this forum, it is unbelievable what nurses are going through to find a job.

Any thoughts or corrections ?


Nurses need compassion, mercy, kindness and forgiveness, just like other human beings. Nurses usually try to be good, but they can’t be perfect. It’s not fair to be so harsh with nurses, because no one else is perfect either. Bring the Golden Rule back to health care.

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Martib in Powell, Wyoming

21 days ago

If you REALLY want to work and your license is clean and you pass a background check come to basin Wyoming. We need Rn’s who are not travelers and want to work in a environment that does care about you and your working conditions.
We are a state facility and the best facility I’ve ever worked for. I’ve been a nurse for almost 30 years. The only draw back is You have to relocate.

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