Hospital human resources depts (at least in my area) are on a HUGE power trip.
In my area (Dallas Fort Worth) hospitals own a 'dirt collecting' organization called Group One....they call themselves a 'consumer reporting service' and it is utilized by HR's within the hospital association in this area.
What they REALLY are is a legal way managers can blackball nurses. Vague and often misleading information can lead to a nurse having a 'black mark' on her/his record forever, and it will comes up every job application the nurse makes. God forbid we speak up about poor conditions: 'bad attitude' shows up on Group One. Family emergency requiring a nurse to quit with only 1 week notice? Another black mark on Group One. Mutual separation? The hospital's side of the story wins...the nurse was' terminated and is not rehirable'.
All this info reaches the facility (HR) ahead of any nurse interview process where a nurse might have an opportunity to present HER/HIS side of things. Most likely, unless someone within the organization knows this nurse and can put in a good word for him/her, the nurse will not be called for an interview at all. This is going on even in times of 'shortage'.
Human resources people value this system greatly and as we can see from the forum link, their 'solution' is to find the 'perfect worker nurse', NOT to listen to nurses who can tell them the problems we face on the job.
I was lucky and found out about a negative comment on my Group One record...I have taken the upper hand, and immediately offer my side on my job apps...thus I have been successful in fighting this. But I know many, many nurses who have simply given up... the stigma of having a negative Group One was too much for them to bear on top of all our other problems..... they just left the profession, tired of the endless struggles we face.
More and more nurses are indeed 'voting with their feet'...against the facilities and the profession itself.
Great link and SUPER responses RN Country and Kevin!