I Thought I Had My Dream Job, but My Past Took It Away... - page 4

So a really stupid mistake I made 6 years ago came to bite me in the rear yesterday. I was working as an agency nurse staffing in correctional facilities when my NM told me I had to clock out & go... Read More

  1. by   OrganizedChaos
    Quote from Castiela
    Ah. I did not realize that. I apologize
    It’s ok, I don’t advertise it.
  2. by   OrganizedChaos
    Quote from Stranded55
    You sound a lot like me. I too was an LVN working in corrections and I made a stupid mistake that cost me my clearance. I loved the jail, but I messed up and I'm still kicking myself for it. All I can tell you is to take it one day at a time. You are probably eligible for unemployment, since it was a mistake you made in the past and not something you did on the job, so get that. I started working in home care, which was OK. Now I work in a methadone clinic which I really enjoy. Things will get better. I try to think of the experience as the worst mistake I ever made, meaning I won't ever make another one as bad. We all mess up, some of us more than others. Now days, I take life more seriously and my work especially seriously. The important thing is your family. Love them, take care of them as best you can, and try to forgive yourself and find joy in life again.
    Yeah, it kills when you lose a job you love. No, I can’t get unemployment because I was working for an agency.
  3. by   OrganizedChaos
    Quote from kbrn2002
    I am so sorry. Sadly I think you are probably correct in guessing unemployment won't be an option since you work for an agency. Your state's unemployment agency will just argue that you have the option of simply accepting a different assignment through your current employer. I understand LTC is not for you, and that's OK. I'm sure you have probably looked at other opportunities but in case not, have you considered Assisted Living or group homes? Maybe you would be able to thrive in a smaller, less hectic setting than LTC. Another advantage is those settings typically staff with LPN's rather than RN's so finding a job might be easier there.
    I’m am trying to see what is available in my area without having to drive too far.
  4. by   OrganizedChaos
    Quote from pixierose
    Even bigger (((hugs))).

    You're strong, OC. You know your limits, and you know what you want. You're smart. You got this. It might not be now, but it will be someday. I can promise you this, because you've gone through hell and back and come out the other side relatively unscathed. You get knocked down, you get up stronger (even if it doesn't feel that way at first).

    Eventually, perhaps you'll go back to school. Your little one won't get sick as often.

    This will all be a bad memory some day.
    I can’t wait to go back to school. I thought this was a bad memory, but the wound was just ripped back open with dirt & lemon juice poured in it. Ugh.
  5. by   OrganizedChaos
    I’m trying to because I don’t want to swing into a depressive state. Thank you so much!
  6. by   Sour Lemon
    I'm sorry to hear about your troubles ...hope you find manageable work soon and love it as much as your last job.
  7. by   caliotter3
    Apply for unemployment anyway. I have almost always had a positive reaction from them. Argue that you were not aware that your clearance had been revoked and that it would impact your present job. Tell the interviewer that security clearances are not a standard requirement for practicing nursing, this requirement is employer/employment setting related and no one informed you during the hiring process, etc., etc. Since you went so long being gainfully employed at this assignment, I think the employer would have a hard time selling to the unemployment people that you should have been eliminated. The employer did not do their due diligence in vetting you upon hire, so why do you have to pay the price for their negligence? Lay it on thick. Play it out to the end. You might be surprised.
  8. by   silverbat
    Have you looked into working for companies like united health care or blue cross blue shield ? They even have work from home positions.
  9. by   OrganizedChaos
    Quote from Sour Lemon
    I'm sorry to hear about your troubles ...hope you find manageable work soon and love it as much as your last job.
    Thank you. I have applied to 3 jobs so far, I hoe something pans out.
  10. by   OrganizedChaos
    Quote from caliotter3
    Apply for unemployment anyway. I have almost always had a positive reaction from them. Argue that you were not aware that your clearance had been revoked and that it would impact your present job. Tell the interviewer that security clearances are not a standard requirement for practicing nursing, this requirement is employer/employment setting related and no one informed you during the hiring process, etc., etc. Since you went so long being gainfully employed at this assignment, I think the employer would have a hard time selling to the unemployment people that you should have been eliminated. The employer did not do their due diligence in vetting you upon hire, so why do you have to pay the price for their negligence? Lay it on thick. Play it out to the end. You might be surprised.
    I don’t think I will get it. It was a special situation with the hurricane & everything so they didn’t do the security clearance & background check first like they normally do. They just sent me in & did the background check & security clearance after.
  11. by   OrganizedChaos
    Quote from silverbat
    Have you looked into working for companies like united health care or blue cross blue shield ? They even have work from home positions.
    Not recently. I haven’t seen any job positings in my direct city.
  12. by   Lisacar130
    Maybe they just wanted a warm body for the hurricane and don't need you anymore. From your PM, you left the old job off your application so either they never called them or they simply found out you omitted an old job. You weren't even fired, you resigned, and it would be illegal for that old job to say any of "what happened," which was not even your fault, to anyone. I don't see how what happened could directly efffect your security clearance other than the fact that the old job was left off, if that was even it. It may be something else totally unrelated but I would try to contact HR to find out.

    Wait this is an update... the old company and new company are in the same health care system? I think I get it now. It's unfortunate if they blacklisted you for something you could have sued them for, in my opinion. I think the statue of limitations is up for you suing them at this point. Sorry that this happened to you.
    Last edit by Lisacar130 on Sep 24
  13. by   DTWriter
    OrganizedChaos, Monday is almost here. Rest up until then. Consider having someone (your husband, mother, etc.) nearby when you talk to HR again. Record the conversation if you can.

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