Nurse Manager said she can't give professional reference???Register Today!
- by kat,rn Jan 1, '12I recently started apply for jobs in another state I am trying to move back home closer to family. Interviews went great and the job that I really really really want called me back wanting to do a background check and reference check. They asked for my manager and supervisors contact info because they wanted the references to be someone that I report directly to. So, they email me stating that my nurse manager said that it is against company poicy for her to provide a professional reference!!!! I don't buy this???? is that even possible???? Any thoughts on this or how I should handle it???
PS. - I already provided them with contact info for a nurse that I work with that acts as a resource nurse for new hires and she was mine when I started a few years ago. They also are contacting my supervisor but I am just so upset and embarassed because of my manager.
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- Jan 1, '12 by gaylarn4Going through the same thing-I too was shocked and upset! But yep, they have them go through HR!! HR did send me a form to sign (companies are covering themselves, something about not wanting to get sued if someone says they didn't get a job due to the reference given I believe), so that my previous direct mgr could give a more complete reference. I would go directly to HR and ask what can be done in order for a full reference to be given. Good Luck!
- Jan 1, '12 by madwife2002All references for my company have to go via HR it is policy
- Jan 1, '12 by KelRN215Did you ask your manager prior to giving our her contact information? If you still work for this place, I would look at their policy manual and/or call HR to ask. As others have said, every workplace has their own policies on situations such as this.
- Jan 1, '12 by llgA lot of employers do not allow managers to give references. It's actually quite a common policy. And you should always ask someone if you can give their name and contact information before you give it to anybody.
I recommend getting a copy of your official employee evaluations for the last 2 or 3 years. You can give copies to your prospective employer to show that your previous manager valued you. Use that to supplement any references given by peers or friends.
- Jan 2, '12 by carolmaccas66Ring the manager and ask her why. There may be a good reason that has nothing to do with you. If u didn't work under her directly, only clinical supervising managers you work with can give you a reference.
I'd get it from the horses' mouth.
- Jan 2, '12 by NRSKarenRNQuote from madwife2002My employer has same policy. This protects the manager from saying something detrimental/illegal that can be used against the employer for wrongful termination suitAll references for my company have to go via HR it is policy
Yearly, I encourage my staff to make a copy of yearly eval as permitted by employer which is the best judge of overall performance.
- Jan 2, '12 by joanna73Before you list anyone for references, make sure to ask them first. That's always the rule, to avoid these situations.