Will hospitals rehire old employees? - page 2

Hi everyone! :spin: Since I am still relatively new as far as nurses go, hopefully some of you seasoned veterans can answer this for me. I recently applied to a hospital that I have previously... Read More

  1. by   llg
    In the end it will probably come down to a few key factors.

    1. Did you leave on good terms?
    2. How was your performance in your first job. Were you a star performer or a mediocre one?
    3. How likely are you to leave in the near future? If they get the feeling that you will leave again as soon as something similar to your education job becomes available, they may hesitate to hire you back. No one likes to be considered the "fall back choice" that you will use for income only when there is nothing better in the community for you. You may need to convince them that you will stay longer this time even if other opportunities become available. Orientation is expensive for a hospital -- and they want you coming and going and coming and going etc. etc. throughout your career, using them only as a temporary paycheck while you hunt for a better job.

    Be sure to express your committment to stay in your cover letter and in your interview, should you get one.
  2. by   Purdue_Nurse
    Well the hospital called me today for an interview so at least they are willing to consider me again. The interview is next week. Wish me luck!
  3. by   Tweety
    We rehire people who leave in good graces all the time.

    People leave for greener patures and find out it isn't so green after all can come back. But llg brings up good points. If they get the feeling your going to cut and run they may pass you by.
    Last edit by Tweety on Jan 3, '07
  4. by   nnurlaw
    Purdue,
    I have been in management. If you were a good employee, and left under acceptable terms, you will be hired back in a New York minute!
    It is completely acceptable to be honest during your return interview and say, " I made a mistake, the grass was not greener at the other job" Express your wish to "come back" and I'm sure it will be granted.
  5. by   Purdue_Nurse
    Quote from nnurlaw
    Purdue,
    I have been in management. If you were a good employee, and left under acceptable terms, you will be hired back in a New York minute!
    It is completely acceptable to be honest during your return interview and say, " I made a mistake, the grass was not greener at the other job" Express your wish to "come back" and I'm sure it will be granted.
    Thanks, nnurlaw. Hearing that from a manager's point of view makes me feel a lot better about the situation!
  6. by   TinyNurse
    sure they'll hire you back!!! as long as you've left on good terms and gave adequate notice.

    I left for a while to do travel nursing, and was hired back the second I called my old NM. I didn't keep senority, but did get a raise in pay.

    People understand, especially NM, about growth, movement, and things of that nature. In addition they are always looking for good nurses, and afterall, you were a good nurse to them.
  7. by   NRSKarenRN
    As Manager I'd rehire those with clean records. We"ve had several staff who were good employee's leave for greener pastures when we implimented our laptop computer system 3+ yrs ago. Six have returned from their "brown" pastures, all rehired.
  8. by   Purdue_Nurse
    Just wanted to update everyone. I got the job! They were glad to have me back. I'm really excited! :hatparty:
    Thank you for all of your input, especially from those in management. It made me a lot more confident going to the interview.

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