Thank you so much for your reply. It's so hard to know what to do -- as I felt that when I had told before too quickly I didn't get beyond the first interview because that is all they could see. And, it seems some people must look up the license before they even call anyone in to the interview, as I don't get calls for interviews like I used to. I wrote an email last night and asked to speak to someone today before they made their decision, but only got the email back this afternoon that I did not get the position. I am applying for another position with this company that does not mention a nonrestricted license and I have written a note in the cover letter about my restriction. i perhaps go into to many details in every correspondence I write and in personal interviews too, so who knows what will happen, my self esteem is pretty low and I am about to be homeless, seriously. I have an online job answering health questions that is good for my self esteem, as i get so much positive feedback for all the extra information I give - this is one reason I thought an information giving position would be so good for me (I write much better and without error when I'm writing back to customers/clients!) But I guess that is not in the plans for me!
I know you are a busy person and I apprecitate so much that someone that has experience hiring wrote me back. Here is the letter I sent with my most recent interview. I probably should have had it critiqued before I sent it, but if you don't mind taking a look at it and if you can maybe give me an idea on if you think I may sound too obnoxious or what in particular I should have left out I'll appreciate it. I guess there are more places to apply to, but I'm starting to run out!
Thank you again for your reply, it means so much to me at a time like this. Here is the letter I already sent:
Dear xxxxxxxxx Hiring Managers, and anyone else involved in hiring,
I have recently applied for several positions. I have noticed, by your position descriptions, that I don't qualify for any of them except for the xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, currently, for which I am now applying.
What I noticed that I did not discern originally is that you specify that RN's may apply only if they have unrestricted licenses to( the other positions for which I have applied.) I do not know if that is why I did not qualify, but I did want to talk to someone at xxxx about this, once I saw that this was a requirement. I also did not think it would be an issue since there is no controlled substances involved in a telephone role, as long as an individual is completely rehabilitated of course.
I do have a controlled substance restriction on my license. Please be aware that this is from an incident occurring almost 4 years ago, I am rehabilitated, and in fact am so more aware of these issues in others, which can actually be a very helpful characteristic to have in certain positions. Did you know that from to 4 to 20% of RN's have a substance abuse problem! ( I will find the statistic if you like, I read this recently). This means many are not rehabilitated, and are therefore out in the workforce, and are not working at full capacity. Wouldn't you rather have the nurse that is rehabilitated working for you, than the one who is not?
It is an unfortunate occupational hazard of our profession, and nurses are much harder on their own that the other professions, at least this is what I have read, and seem to be experiencing. First of all we are caregivers, and being able to recognize our own needs is often hard. Of course it is always a wrong choice to make, that first drink or that first pill whether stolen out of a pixis or bought at a grocery store, if it is taken to make an emotional pain go away. But, it is a mistake that one can later realize how wrong it was, and never, never put themselves in that situation again!
I do, by the way still take random urine drug screens for which I make a phone call each day to see if it is my day to "give." I attend recovery groups, both nursing and 12 step. I have worked very hard in therapy to learn to identify and care for my own problems and issues, rather than focusing on my patients alone.
If you are unable to hire me for the nursing phone positions, and if it is for this reason, I would like to know why if possible. As of 1990, substance abuse is considered a disability (under the American Disability Act) and failure to hire a person that is rehabilitated for a position that they are qualified for is considered unlawful.
I am an easy to get a long with person and never have been involved with a lawsuit, and couldn't afford a lawyer anyway, but if xxxx currently has policies that are against the law, this may be something that someone should look into at your company. There are people out there that may want to make a bigger "stink" about this than I ever would. I think this is called risk management.
Additionally one thing that I have read over and over in the xxxcompany literature is the strong commitment the company has to diversity. Persons with disabilities are specifically a type of individual that xxx prides itself on hiring. So again, I am interested in knowing how this could play out with the nursing positions that are telephonic that are being listed for nurses with un-restricted licenses only.
I am applying for this position, for which I also qualify (xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx) and will be so happy if I am felt to be a fit for it and am hired. I really, really want to work (and need to work --- my current credit status is another possible reason I may not get a position, if this is a qualifying component for a job). I had thought that I was ready to focus on something more holistic, such as what is required for the nurse-line position, but perhaps it is "meant" for me to go in a different direction at this time. It may be that I am not meant at all to work for your company, but as it is right now, I still think I'd be so priveledged to work for your company, for several reasons. One, besides what I have read about your core values, is that I have been impressed by the people I have so far met at xxxxx (every single person that walked by me while I was waiting for my interview said "hello" to me and many offered to assist me!....I think that is just remarkable, and shows that people are happy and stress free at their jobs here.
There is only one opening for this positions, the xxxxxxxxx, so if I don't get it, it will seem understandable.
But I would like to ask, if I do not qualify for that job, could someone please review your policy on not hiring nurses with restricted licenses for telephonic positions? It seems at least that hiring for these positions with a restricted license could be examined on a case by case basis.
Thank you for your time,