Pursued By Head Hunters

Have been pursued the last 2 days by head hunters for the insurance industry. For work that I just could not do, and don’t want to do. Positions being recruited for are either telephonic case management (for a minimal salary and I don’t have bed side nursing experience and don’t consider myself qualified) or for quality assurance ( a nice name for checking up on staff, with computer programs, to make sure they are doing their work and making 40 calls a day, whether the calls are meaningful or not). This is not professional nursing, nor nursing of any sort.

It is very difficult to have lost a position at this age, with my experience. And somewhat embarrassing. Do I invest in a shopping cart to push around now, or wait awhile?

On the other hand, I have applied for several positions that I would be interested in, and have an interview next week for something i would really like to do.

[tags]insurance industry, telephonic case management, quality assurance[/tags]

About Ten Years Ago

About ten years ago I hired a neighbor/friend/colleague to work for me. She had just completed her BSN education and was new to nursing, her second career. She brought a good education, but she also brought television drugs. Having never watched much television and having never put a lot of interest in “ over the counter” drugs and “self medication”, I was amazed that she knew so much about remedies for almost everything, from hypertension to poison oak.

Having been “laid off” recently from a big insurance company that dismissed 650 managers across the country, I have had time to watch television. The drug ads are appalling to me. And having had some recent visits to my medical practioners, I have the feeling that their practice is also driven by the drug advertisement culture, which I find scary.

I was hospitalized for almost two weeks this summer for a perforated ulcer. I am sure some of this had to do with my stresses in my life. However the mix of medications I was given, for better or for worse, most definitely led to this crisis. They were prescribed for me, in good faith, but also, I believe, because that is what physicians do now. We live in a pharmaceutical culture, and practitioners do not have, nor want, to take the time to look at the big picture. Holistic medicine seems to be a thing of the past. It just takes too much time and energy.

[tags]bsn education, laid off, insurance company, medical practitioners, drug advertisement, perforated ulcer, pharmaceutical culture, holistic medicine[/tags]

Welcome!

Why am I starting this blog? I guess because I have been around for awhile, have done some interesting things, have had a great education, and feel that I have stuff to say and share. And one of my sons told me to.

I have opinions about having children, the nursing profession and its “dumbing down” and employment in corporate America. And about our sons and daughters in the military, and about finding oneself unemployed at 60 years of age, overqualified and overeducated for almost everything one applies for. Not to mention a geographical relocation.

And just dealing with the ravages of aging, after spending 30 years as a runner, an “off and on” vegetarian, complying with a healthy lifestyle, attending to looking healthy and as pretty as possible despite aging, and staying involved in life, even if it means doing things alone sometimes.

Whew!

[tags]nursing profession, dumbing down, corporate America, overeducated[/tags]