getting a job after a reprimand from the bon

  1. I received a reprimand from the bon for a few medication documentation errors (very minor errors that every nurse makes!), and was "acquited" of suspected narcotic diversion. My job at the hospital originally accepted my resignation and then three days later fired me. I have not worked for close to a year now-multiple family problems and I was very, very soured with nursing. Now I am ready to go back to nursing. Somebody please help me with my questions!!
    Do I have to tell my prospective employer that I was fired and why? Can my last employer tell my new employer that I was fired? Do I need to tell all the details of my bon investigation to a new employer? Should I show a new employer my transcript of charges from the bon and my rebuttal?
    Please! All of this is scaring me from looking for a job.
    I want to go into home health-all the pro's and con's of this would be appreciated. Thanks all!
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  3. by   CarolineRn
    Quote from jackson
    I received a reprimand from the bon for a few medication documentation errors (very minor errors that every nurse makes!), and was "acquited" of suspected narcotic diversion. My job at the hospital originally accepted my resignation and then three days later fired me. I have not worked for close to a year now-multiple family problems and I was very, very soured with nursing. Now I am ready to go back to nursing. Somebody please help me with my questions!!
    Do I have to tell my prospective employer that I was fired and why? Can my last employer tell my new employer that I was fired? Do I need to tell all the details of my bon investigation to a new employer? Should I show a new employer my transcript of charges from the bon and my rebuttal?
    Please! All of this is scaring me from looking for a job.
    I want to go into home health-all the pro's and con's of this would be appreciated. Thanks all!
    Only a reprimand from the BON? Not a discipline on your license? That should work in your favor. As for the previous hospital, you say you resigned before they fired you. I don't get that. I would simply put on any resume that you resigned. There's such a shortage, you should get a job back if your infraction didn't involve blatant misconduct. If I were you, I would start off by asking the BON these questions, and then apply to the least desirable job of those you are considering. See what they come up with. If they are willing to hire, you can politely turn them down, but if they refuse to hire, you can ask why. Don't be afraid. You earned your license, and if the BON didnt take it away, or add any restrictions, then you most likely are ok. Always be honest, but dont offer info on anything they don't ask. Good luck, and welcome back to the wonderful world of nursing!
    Last edit by CarolineRn on May 4, '04
  4. by   mattsmom81
    Great response Caroline and ITA!!

    I got stuck once in a bad situation too where I had given notice and the response was 'you can't quit you're fired' routine.

    While it is frustrating it is not insurmountable. The hardest part is picking yourself up, dusting yourself off and trying again. Go for it!!

    A wise nurse also gave me this good advice: Don't let this one negative incident define you.

    Good luck and don't beat yourself up...none of us is perfect.

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