Hello all, I was fired at my last job. I really know exactly what went wrong, and have certainly learned the hard way from my mistake. I have been having a hard time with the next steps. I have not even been able to tell ANYONE the truth. The only one who knows is my wife. I could not bring myself to tell them, and admit what I did. I was afraid of their reactions, and mainly because I did not want them to worry. For the past almost 6 months now I have pretended like I have been still working my same job so they would not suspect anything. By the way, the reason I got fired has nothing to do with patient abuse, drugs, alcohol or anything like that.
I asked my last boss if I could use her as a reference, she said yes with hesitation in her voice. Unfortunately I never got contact information from coworkers or anyone there. I was told by HR that if a potential employer contacted them they are not allowed to say I got fired, only the dates that I worked there. I know though that most places want to speak to a supervisor.
I did find work at an agency, (about 5 months after being fired), but they only call me when they have work, and I need something consistent. To be honest I cannot say for sure, but I do not think they even checked my references I gave them. When they asked me why I left my previous job, I told them it was because I needed something more flexible, as I was going back to school for my RN. That is true, I am going for my RN now. (I was working on getting my RN before I got fired.)
Anyway, I am having a hard time with giving my potential employers
references from my job I was fired at. Also I have never worked at an agency before, and I find it nerve racking not knowing if they will give you work or not. I though about looking at other agencies to supplement my income, but I don't know how that would play out. I need help figuring out the best way to get past this. I figure once I have more work, I will tell my family and friends I switched jobs to give me more flexibility to pursue my RN.
I have read a lot of good advise on here and I know you guys can help.