So, I’ve taken an oncall position — thus earning me the right to say, I Am An Employed RN. Never mind that I haven’t started. I pee in the cup tomorrow.
There’s a lot of peeing in cups when you’re looking for a job as a nurse. I’m okay with that since I am not particularly interested in abusing substances (other than chocolate which is still perfectly legal). They teach us in nursing school that nurses are at somewhat higher risk than the general public for substance abuse issues due to high stress, availability of substances, etc. This doesn’t frighten me a whole lot since as I said, it’s not interesting to me. I don’t even take most of the painkillers actually prescribed to me. And I’m one of those people who hates to get in trouble. God, I’m a pain in the ass goody two shoes…
Today I’m supposed to be getting a call from another place that is going to offer me a position. Not sure what kind of position, or the salary, but I’m supposed to attend an orientation on Wednesday which does inspire a certain amount of confidence that I will be offered a position. ~~Update: I am now an oncall at this place too, which is what they hire new nurses at. Yay me! ~~
And I’ve begun the complicated and arcane application process at the local VA hospital, which involves calling someone, getting an email, filling part of it out and submitting it online, then printing the attachments out (including the one you filled out online) and submitting the hard copies by mail with your transcripts (if your GPA was above 3.5, which mine was YAY ME) and a note from your mother. (Okay, not the note from your mother. I was just kidding about that.) Then you wait for the powers that be to decide you are worthy, as with any other application process. I’m thinking of lighting some candles, burning some incense, doing a little mojo dance, whatever it takes.
You know that “nursing shortage” they’re always talking about? Yeah, not so much around here, where there are several nursing schools churning out new grads every three months, and not so much right now with the Current Economic Climate being what it is, i.e. a giant wad of crapola. Hospitals all want you to have a year of acute care experience but nobody will hire you to get the experience you have to have to get hired….
Nonetheless, I am employed, and perhaps full time employment will be forthcoming. Kindly cross your fingers and spit into the wind for me, or whatever it is you people do. You’ll be glad you did! Or at least I will.