Applying for new RN position, put down former (bad) supervisor?

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    Hey guys I really need some advice. I'm applying for a new job right now and I'm wondering what I should put in the (Supervisor) box on the application. I left my former position due to having a poor supervisor, and actually more than half the staff on the floor have left in the last year due to this as well. She is a very vindictive person and I'm afraid if I put her down she will give a bad reference even though I left on proper terms. She's the type of person that acts like if you are no longer on her ship you are the enemy.

    The house supervisor was awesome and said I could gladly use him as a reference. Though he was not technically my supervisor. What should I do??
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    if you omit your real supervisor that may look suspicious. You could put your charge nurse's name perhaps. It is not legal for your old supervisor to tell much more than how long you worked there and could you be re-hired. You might even give the name of someone in HR.
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    Put down the name of the house supervisor then (write his name down then write his title so it's clear that he is the house supervisor).If you know your former boss could bad-mouth you and cost you a job, why risk it? How will it be beneficial to you to include his/her name? Unless you don't want to be considered for that new position!
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    I would put them both down and explain the situation. This will speak to your integrity.
    09NewGrad likes this.
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    It's a sticky situation having to document a supervisor from which you had bad experiences. I have one, but when my work history was checked the hiring person (at the later position) said to me, "Sounds like Joe had it in for you. Was something wrong with him?" lol Yes, there actually was something wrong with him (lots wrong actually), plus I turned him in for misconduct but that's beside the point.

    Sometimes the hiring person is perceptive and realizes all is not what it seems.
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    I would put the house supervisor down. If they ask for the other name and number then you provide it. She really could only say that you were employed there during that time period, but you never know.
    BrookeeLou_RN and 09NewGrad like this.
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    Thanks for everyone who decided to post and give advice to me. I decided to put down both references and be honest (supervisor and house supervisor). I will try and let you know if I get an interview.
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    Quote from classicdame
    if you omit your real supervisor that may look suspicious. You could put your charge nurse's name perhaps. It is not legal for your old supervisor to tell much more than how long you worked there and could you be re-hired. You might even give the name of someone in HR.
    It's not legal, but it happens. It did to me. My new boss wouldn't tell me what she said, but she told me never to list her on any application ever again. It must have been pretty bad, and I was completely blindsided. HR is a good idea, but I think you do have to list someone- her boss, perhaps?
    BrookeeLou_RN likes this.
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    Never put her down, what she is allowed to say and what she really will say are two different things. Do not chance it. Put house super visor,, that is not a lie and at interview if any questions come up just say house supervisor said putting him was okay. Do not put down the old boss, just make her a non-issue. Good luck.
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    I asked the same question to my peers and they said put down two words...human resources.
    steelcityrn likes this.


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