I hold an RN license but have not worked in nursing for 20 years. I am a certified phlebotomist and ECG tech and have been applying for tech positions but my RN license is preventing employers from hiring me. What can I do?
Dear Nancy replies:
It is difficult to speculate why you are not being hired for either of the two positions you are certified in and ready and willing to fill. Your RN license should not be a barrier, especially since you have not practiced nursing for some time and you are not interested in doing so now.
It may be possible the prospective employers believe you would want to be paid more for being a phlebotomist or ECG tech due to your RN license. It is assumed you dealt with this issue when you applied for the positions, but perhaps that is one concern for the potential employers.
Another issue may be if the facilities are unionized. The bargaining agreement may require these positions be filled with individuals who have specific credentials (e.g. only an ECG tech with no other credentials) or some other requirements.
A last speculation may be the prospective employers are concerned your RN training might tempt you to overstep your role responsibilities as a tech or phlebotomist. Again, it is assumed you would have discussed this issue during your interviews, but perhaps not to the satisfaction of the interviewers.
You did not indicate what the employers said about the RN license hindering you from being hired. Whatever the reasons, the next time it comes up, be prepared to truthfully, assertively and confidently state why the reason raised by a potential employer would not hinder you from your role in either of these two positions.