I Thought I Had My Dream Job, but My Past Took It Away... - page 5

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   angeloublue22
    I'm sorry, that sucks. As a previous corrections nurse, this happened at my job with coworkers I was training. They hire you based on your application to get you in the door and training, because it takes to so long for the background check to come back and they don't want people to get another job while they are waiting for the background check. Then continued employment is contingent on the background check. We had a great nurse that I trained and she ended up getting fired because she had bad credit. I was so angry. I didn't know what having bad credit had to do with being a good nurse but apparently having financial trouble makes a person more at risk for being manipulated through money by an inmate. Have you tried community nursing or clinic nursing because that is very similar to corrections nursing? Mental health nursing may also be up your alley as well. I'm sorry there seems to still be a stigma with mental illness. It's great that you are thinking about how to manage your symptoms. You don't want to end up the hospital with a manic phase or end up suicidal due to a depressive phase. I'm also a long time psych nurse and I've seen what can happen to professionals who are bipolar and don't manage their symptoms.
    Last edit by angeloublue22 on Sep 24
  2. by   OrganizedChaos
    Quote from 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.
    I know, it’s kind of complicated. I was first working directly for the company THEN I was working for an staffing agency FOR the company. Does that help? :/

    It probably is since it’s been 6 years. Once I left after I resigned I never looked back. I was just so horrendously embarassed that I didn’t even think about a lawsuit, until years later. Of course.
  3. by   OrganizedChaos
    Quote from angeloublue22
    I'm sorry, that sucks. As a previous corrections nurse, this happened at my job with coworkers I was training. They hire you based on your application to get you in the door and training, because it takes to so long for the background check to come back and they don't want people to get another job while they are waiting for the background check. Then continued employment is contingent on the background check. We had a great nurse that I trained and she ended up getting fired because she had bad credit. I was so angry. I didn't know what having bad credit had to do with being a good nurse but apparently having financial trouble makes a person more at risk for being manipulated through money by an inmate. Have you tried community nursing or clinic nursing because that is very similar to corrections nursing? Mental health nursing may also be up your alley as well. I'm sorry there seems to still be a stigma with mental illness. It's great that you are thinking about how to manage your symptoms. You don't want to end up the hospital with a manic phase or end up suicidal due to a depressive phase. I'm also a long time psych nurse and I've seen what can happen to professionals who are bipolar and don't manage their symptoms.
    Clearly *cough* there is still a stigma with mental illness. If I can find another area of nursing that I could care a lot about that would be ideal! It’s just tough in the area I’m in. Sometimes there are tons of jobs, other times there are no jobs. Right now seems to be the time when there are no jobs.
  4. by   Lisacar130
    I agree with trying to get unemployment... a lot of people think they don't qualify but they do. Sometimes you have to appeal but it's worth it and I think you'd get it. As an example, my husband in the past was fired for calling in too much and he still got it, when supposedly you can't get it for misconduct. I found this info online:
    If you are recently unemployed and did not voluntarily quit without good cause, did not get fired for misconduct, did not get fired for being unavailable, did not get fired for having an inability to work, did not get fired for refusing to work without good cause, and are not self-employed, then you may be eligible for unemployment benefits!

    How Long Do I Have to Work to Get Unemployment? | AboutUnemployment.org

    This site has more state specific info if you scroll down and find your state. It never hurts to try.
  5. by   OrganizedChaos
    Quote from Lisacar130
    I agree with trying to get unemployment... a lot of people think they don't qualify but they do. Sometimes you have to appeal but it's worth it and I think you'd get it. As an example, my husband in the past was fired for calling in too much and he still got it, when supposedly you can't get it for misconduct. I found this info online:
    If you are recently unemployed and did not voluntarily quit without good cause, did not get fired for misconduct, did not get fired for being unavailable, did not get fired for having an inability to work, did not get fired for refusing to work without good cause, and are not self-employed, then you may be eligible for unemployment benefits!

    How Long Do I Have to Work to Get Unemployment? | AboutUnemployment.org

    This site has more state specific info if you scroll down and find your state. It never hurts to try.
    I’ll look into it, thank you!
  6. by   wisechoiceorno
    i can't private message you since my account is new. can you send me a pm? I am interested.
  7. by   CelticGoddess
    Quote from OrganizedChaos
    I so desperately want to provide for my family, it’s just I know what my limits are. I’m bipolar & I can’t handle working LTC.
    You absolutely have to do what is best for you! You won't do your family any good if you get depressed or manic. I am so sorry you are going through this.
  8. by   Saraghawas
    I'm so sorry to hear this, I wish you the best of luck
  9. by   OrganizedChaos
    Quote from CelticGoddess
    You absolutely have to do what is best for you! You won't do your family any good if you get depressed or manic. I am so sorry you are going through this.
    Exactly. I’ve been there & when I am extremely manic or depressed, it’s terrible. I’d rather be a GREAT stay at home mother who is in control of her mental health than so depressed I can’t bathe, eat or dress myself or on the other end of the spectrum.
  10. by   OrganizedChaos
    Quote from Saraghawas
    I'm so sorry to hear this, I wish you the best of luck
    Thank you.
  11. by   OrganizedChaos
    I just want to say thank you to everyone for the heartfelt comments & PMs. It really means a lot. I am not feeling as depressed today as I thought I would. I currently looking for jobs & started studying again for the TEAS test.
  12. by   Wuzzie
    OC, I don't know the details of your situation but is it something you can clear up before you go on for your RN? I'd hate for you to put the work in only to have the same thing happen again.
  13. by   OrganizedChaos
    I want to update my situation. I never heard from (edit) & I won’t. I was contacted by my former agency (then surprised on the line by my boss, ugh). They told me that (edit) wanted me to stop contacting them. What?! So my agency wasn’t giving me any clarification but I’m not allowed to contact THEM?!

    What my (horrible) agency told me was that in lieu of being fired, I was able to resign (d/t unprofessional conduct, which pisses me off. Ugh!) Then when I asked if I could get any other work outside of (edit), they said no because I lied on my application. Yeah, it was a white lie but I also didn’t know I was blacklisted. Every time I applied my application went through! Do I think I would’ve accepted the position if I knew I was blacklisted?!? Lol.

    So they didn’t fire me, my old boss said she would talk to QC & let me know. I have been applying to jobs & I also applied for unemployment. Hahaha.
    Last edit by sirI on Sep 25 : Reason: per OP request

close