Allie57 1,217 Views
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Yes. However, I would use the term "confidential client" for any one of them who refuses to grant permission to be contacted for employment verification or references. It probably wouldn't be a bad idea to list the others the same way on your resume for public distribution. You can list specific names and contact info in the appropriate place (employer and/or reference) on job applications. That is how I would do it. Good luck getting on with an agency.
As for job title I would probably go with private duty nurse rather than the others because it describes your job better than the titles used to identify your tax/employment status. I can see where you would have a dilemma about not listing your employing clients. Do they refuse to give references? If so, how are you going to have your employment verified? Easy when you work for an agency, you just list the agency as they are your employer. Otherwise, I would give the complete job description and put something in there about "client confidential" or "confidential client", like is sometimes seen on employment websites. I don't see what else you can do. But it is all probably a moot point, as most home health agencies will have no problem hiring you. Show them some type of W-2 or 1099 to prove you have been working longer than 6 months and they will hire you.
You are listing these people as your employer. You should obtain their permission to give their name and contact info and assure them that not one word will be said about their care. The employer can contact them to get dates of employment and "rehire" "do not rehire" info from them. HIPAA does not change the fact that these people are your employer and they should not object to being contacted in conjunction with you finding a new position. If they don't want to be bothered, then ask them to provide you with a standard letter of reference. Still, you should encounter no problem getting hired by a home health agency. The prospective employer will only look at the W-2 or 1099 and knows that they are also required to adhere to HIPAA. Sounds to me like your former employer is using HIPAA as an excuse to get out of recommending you for work. Sounds a little ungracious to me. Try getting a job without the reference.
You should state that you were a self employed independent contractor home care nurse, be proud of it. It has many advantages, you maintained your own clinical records and notes, billing, as well as provided care as needed for the individual and the family. You may use the client as a reference, with their permission, if they are still available espically if it was a long term case, and they can vouche for you. Also any collegues, other nurses, teachers, trainings or administrative professionals that you may have worked with or encountered in your career, might be willing to put in a good word for you. The transition from private care to agency is not that difficult, if the management is flexible and willing to work with you. Your experience is valuable, and the fact that you were your own boss, and supervisor, is something to be admired as well... it shows that you are a self starter and that you can have business savvy.
Self employed persons, should really examine their ability to take direction from others and work for a 'boss.' If they are more of a free spirit, I think most of them appreciate the help but prefer working without a manager, unless that manager lets their work be self directed. If you start to feel micromanage by them, or deal with a lot of bureaucracy, that is just added stress...It is, a signal that it may be time to go back to working for yourself.
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