I got fired today, how will that affect my chances? - page 7

by Nurseadam 17,044 Views | 70 Comments

I got fired for a dumb thing I did breaking a hospital policy per HR, not my nursing performance or patient care related. How will that affect me getting another job?... Read More


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    I am still wondering what was on your termination paperwork as far as the verbage they used. It may help with the explanation you offer if/when asked.
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    Quote from Nurseadam
    Lol at everyone assuming it was sex, we just made out, so chill out.

    well then I'll quit nursing and work at McDonald's , maybe they'll give me a chance.

    Oh joy
    I don't think things are THAT bleak for you that you need to resort to peddling French fries for the rest of your life. This can be overcome...not necessarily right away though.

    Unfortunately, people/employers are going to draw their own conclusions for right or wrong. Hence why many of us are suggesting that you try job searching in a new area, so reputation and word-of-mouth is less likely to influence your job search.

    And no one says that relocation is forever...memories do grow dim and a few years from now most people probably won't remember/know/even care about anything you did in a parking lot. But for now, you're behind the 8-ball whether you like it or not :/
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    Quote from Nurseadam
    Lol at everyone assuming it was sex, we just made out, so chill out.

    well then I'll quit nursing and work at McDonald's , maybe they'll give me a chance.

    Oh joy
    Ok, can I just throw something out there? Who the heck is lurking in the parking lot looking for coworkers and what they may or may not be doing in cars? SERIOUSLY? If you were on the clock, and not on lunch/break than lesson learned and you can always speak of your strengths in a future interview. However, I think it is kinda creepy that someone would care enough for someone to lose their job over it. Poor choice, maybe. None of anyone's business how you spend your lunch hour? Definetely. Unless you were all over each other in the lunch room or something....story for another thread.
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    Quote from Nurseadam
    Lol at everyone assuming it was sex, we just made out, so chill out.

    well then I'll quit nursing and work at McDonald's , maybe they'll give me a chance.

    Oh joy
    If you were only making out, they should NOT have fired you, IMO. A reprimand should have sufficed.

    If that is all you are guilty of, I wouldn't give this another thought.
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    Wow.. Nurseadam was just confessing, looking for support and asking a question. Look at the bullying going on in here by 1/2 of the people replying. And most of these bullying post come from people whom claim they like helping others, please.

    Nurseadam, I am sorry this happened to you. I hope this doesn't hurt your chance's of find another job. What I would do is just put for work history dates doen and when you get to the part of why you left, just put down will explain upon request. Then once you get your interview be 100% open and honest without going into graphic details. Legally an ex-employer can not shame you, but everyone knows thats not always what happens.

    Either way I wish you the best of luck on your journey. Don't give up and just learn from your experience. PM me if you need to talk.

    SP
    Last edit by SouthernPoint on Feb 8, '13 : Reason: iphone typing
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    "Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted."

    ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    Whatever the degree of 'hooking up' (to use your term), the behavior was deemed sufficiently inappropriate that they felt safe terminating your employment without fear of a wrongful termination suit.

    As your deed becomes less extreme, their decision to terminate you begins to raise more red flags. I'm curious about the conversations that took place in the HR director's office as well as what was said by the gal sharing your romp.

    To your original question, I think you're facing a headwind in trying to get hired again.

    Regarding support, I think you can consider this thread a representative cross-section of what you might expect.

    You've been given some suggestions (good ones, IMO). Beyond that, this thread seems to have run its course and I'm inclined to move on.
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    Quote from SouthernPoint
    Legally an ex-employer can not shame you, but everyone knows thats not always what happens.
    "Legally," an employer can say anything s/he likes about a former employee as long as it is factually accurate. Not sure what you mean by "shame" ("can not shame you").
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    Quote from jadelpn
    Unfortunetely, you probably won't know until you start looking for another job. If you broke some sort of policy, make sure that you have taken steps so that it doesn't happen again. Then you can certainly use the "I have learned that ___________ was inappropriate, I have taken xyz steps so that it does not happen again. As a nurse, I blah, blah, blah, consistently received excellent performace reviews, and (whatever else you did in your nursing practice that is positive). But it depends on what you did. If it was inappropriate facebook take your employer off of facebook and make your page private. If it was bad mouthing, temper--you could go to see someone about your behavioral techniques. If you were fratenizing with a co-worker then I would literally say "my boyfriend and I worked at the same hospital. We were not aware that this was against company policy". Key thing is to be prepared to answer tough questions if you need to, and have taken steps to avoid this happening in the future.
    See italics. Does anyone remember the Seinfeld episode where George was caught making whoopie with the cleaner at his office? Remember he said "You mean, that against office policy? But if I'd known it was, I would never have done it!"

    Reminds me of that...

    mc3
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    I don't see any bullying happening here. People are submitting honest replies and some helpful advice. As for us jumping to conclusions....well the OP has started two threads on this topic, and until very recently, did not contradict whatever some of us may or may not have been assuming. If all they were guilty of is "making out" in the parking lot, and the OP was a good employee, then that's unfair termination. I'm wondering if there isn't more to this story, and we will never know.


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