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I’m really hoping someone can offer some sort of advice or guidance. I’m about a step away from a cliff and I’m wondering if becoming a nurse cursed me. The year I officially became a nurse and was ready to take on the world, the pandemic hit and I got sidelined. I had to stay home with my triplets because daycares closed, babysitters quit and I was stranded. I had to leave my residency program after only being there one week. Then a few months after I got a nanny and started a new residency with another hospital, the world got worse and my nanny moved without notice and I had to stop working again. Finally, I secured a new position but they did not have nurses to train me, they could not give me a schedule and it was a three hour commute one way. The two hospitals that I was with before refuse to hire me again, although technically I did not work with them because I was going through the onboarding process. I am really getting mistreated in this nursing career field. The student loan collectors are knocking and I am just drained, sad, pissed off and not sure why God is not helping me. There are no more hospitals where I live. What should I do, did nursing curse me? Does anyone have a Time Machine I could borrow or a prayer?

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You did not say what kind of nurse you are.  Are you an LPN?  An RN?  or some other kind of nurse classification that I may not know?  It might be helpful to know about your training for any of us to give you a really good answer.  I will speak from my experience with a nurse, so take it all with a grain of salt.  :-)

Mrs Media was a nurse for 42 years, so although I was not a nurse, I've lived with one a long, long time.

Her nurses' training program was in a "diploma school," attached to and part of a hospital.  She went year round for three years, and her training included shifts in the various departments of the hospital, so she was in the ER, the endoscopy department, the psych department, the morgue, the med/surg floors, outpatient, cardiac care, etc., etc.  It was a very thorough training with lots of hands-on experience.  She graduated as an R.N. (registered nurse).

Since that time, she has worked with lots of LPNs (licensed practical nurses) and new nurses who did not have the same intensive training she went through.  Nearly all the RNs today graduate from a college study program; many of them get degrees, etc.  When they came to the hospital where Mrs Media worked, she would often have to nearly "re-train" them.  While they had WATCHED how an IV was administered, and while they had PRACTICED putting an IV needle into an orange (or something like that), they had never actually administered a "real" IV to a live patient.  Mrs Media had to show them and watch over them, etc.  Other new nurses weren't so lucky; they were "thrown to the wolves" and had to learn on the fly.  

From what you wrote, the hospitals where you live take on these newly graduated nurses and enroll them in some kind of in-house training program, or, as you called it, a residency program.  

Since you were enrolled in such programs with some hospitals in your area but did not complete their residency training--whether you had good reasons or not--they don't want to re-admit you to their programs.  

My suggestion is that you sit down one-on-one with an HR person, explain what happened in your previous attempts, and -- rather than ask for them to give you another chance even though you know the answer will probably be "no" -- ask her/him what the best avenue is for you to move forward in your career as a nurse.  That way, instead of asking for a job, you are asking for guidance.  You are asking someone to give you the right advice instead of a job.  People will be much more willing to make suggestions for you that way because they aren't being asked to hire you.  You may actually find one who will not only point you in the right direction but who will also make a phone call for you to help you along the way.

There are also non-hospital nursing jobs at clinics, temp nursing facilities, health care facilities, and doctors' offices.  You might try those avenues if all the hospital roads are closed.

Best wishes to you as you pursue a deserving career.

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No, I don’t think the nursing profession “cursed you!”

But I do believe your life’s course is indeed very complex and complicated.

My generation mistakenly believed they”could have it all!”

While many women do multitask and achieve a career and are often a mother at the same time, my guess would be they probably aren’t the mother of triplets. You don’t mention your age or the age of your triplets or if you have a partner or parent able to help with your children at all?

You also make no mention of your financial situation. It is impossible to give you appropriate guidance or advice without knowing more facts. Would a parent be able to assist you financially?

One thing I do know is child care is not cheap, even for one child much less triplets.You don’t mention if you have other school age children?

Gasoline prices are on the definite rise and a 6 hour round trip sounds completely unreasonable.

One potential option would be to move to an area that would hire you. But that would entail extra expenses for moving and starting new services for gas, electricity, water and cable.

Sad as it is you may have to secure child care first, then pursue employment other than nursing considering the limitations?

The Leftists have left us!

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Since  I was  a small lad I. wanted to be a lawyer. Bit I did badly on the lsat exam  455 out of 800.
I eventually got into lawschool and flunked out. I tried again and flunked out again. The pressure was enormous. I drank morning noon and night. 
I realized law wasn't  4 me. When I quit drinking I was asked if I wanted to try a third time. I said no
 I wanted. to live 

That was 26 years ago I. Never become a lawyer but am sober and alive today.

Ambition is fine if you can afford it. I couldn't pay the price.

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