Trying to make a long story short...
I worked at a hospital as a PCT for many years. Had wonderful reviews, good attendance, ect. I was/ still am (years later) in love with that place! The last few months of my employment I had lost 3 family members, was trying to go to nursing school full time, work full time, i could go on and on, but guess my sob story doesn't matter I realize we all have things that are hard to deal with and I handled this situation wrong...
I kept good communication with my manager as to what was going on at home. He was wonderful thru my trying times. One day, feeling literally on the edge of nervous break down, I called my manager and told him that I wished to quit and was afraid I wouldn't be coming back. (Goodness if I had realized then what an awful mistake that could have been/is!!!) my managers response was "Ok, I'm going to take this as your two week notice that way if you wish to be employed here again in the future you won't have a problem."
So, here I am. I haven't been employed there for years. I have been working as a RN in LTC for close to a year now and Have been looking to get out for most of that year. I have applied to several positions at the hospital I was previously employed with, with no luck. I did hear from a recruiter that said they "strongly prefer" BSN now. I have recently started a BSN program so that has been added to my resume, in hopes that I'll get back to my "dream facility".
I guess I'm just asking for thoughts/advice. Please no harsh words, I realize now how unprofessional I was in my actions and I believe I've developed excellent coping skills since then. This truly is one of my biggest regrets. I'm wondering if it really is that there are that many more "more qualified" candidates or if I could have been placed on the do not hire list. Is there a way to find out if you're on such a list? Is it unprofessional/are you able to call facilities and find out?
Like I said this place is what I think to be my "dream facility" and I'm just so discouraged and down about not even getting an interview while I've applied for about a year now. I guess I should add too that I've been turned down over that last year at numerous other facilities and I hear countless accounts of other nurses in my area taking up to a year to get a job. The market is very saturated where I am. Just looking for your thoughts.