Nurses will get unemployment if they are terminated for performance reasons. In most situations, employers won't contest unemployment, but they will if you are terminated for willful violation of their company policies.
Unemployment laws vary from state to state. Some states have loop holes that allow employers to duck out of paying the benefit in certain cases. Health care employers have a reputation for using the loopholes as often as they can get away with it. I can understand why some people would mistakenly think that nurses can't get unemployment based on the fact that they have witness so few actually getting it. If you get a pink slip register immediately at the unemployment office. Rules really vary from state to state. Watch out for the states that have a waiting week. That week starts the day you register so if you wait a week and then register you will lose two weeks. Do not be tricked by a manager that tells you to hang around while and don't register because we might call back at any time. I have seen people cheated out of several weeks unemployment waiting for that call that never came. Ignore any other reason they give you for not registering because usually their reasons are quite self serving.
I know an RN who was given the choice of resigning or being fired near the end of April. (In my nursing opinion, it was over nonsense). First weekly comp check this weekend = $275. Benefits vary state by state, so perhaps in Asystole's area it is more financially profitable than here to collect...
Of course we can receive unemployment benefits, just like any other occupation, as long as we meet the criteria and follow the procedures to look for work while receiving the benefits.
And there are states that allow you to collect benefits if you do resign for a valid reason, such as to accompany a military spouse to a new duty station in a new state until you are able to find a new job.
My hospital offers an "unemployment" program through the state called a "shared work program". It's offered to full time employees. If you are cancelled for a shift due to low census, they submit it and you are supposed to receive 60% of your pay for that shift paid by unemployment. I signed up for it, anticipating future cancellations in the upcoming slower months. From what I understand, it is kind of hit and miss whether you actually get paid or not. So I am not depending on it.