Problems with References - page 2

How does one get a job without references? I've left 2 jobs in the last 7 years because of conflicts with management (read that: 'the boss'), and am currently unemployed. While I have the experience... Read More

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    and speaking of job references, if you are a new grad, and therefore have not ever had a nursing job (well, except for a nursing externship) and heck, i haven't had a job in more than a year- would a potential employer call jobs that far back and jobs sooo non related to nursing? i just can't imagine my old jobs would even remember me or that my bosses from then would even be still working there.
    i put all of my jobs on my app, so i didn't hide anything, im just curious as to if non nursing jobs in the distant past really get called. but as said, i had an externship at this hospital i applied to, so they do have some clinical references to go on.

    just curious

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    I had a problem with my previous unit director.

    However, virtually everyone that actually supervised me(night shift nurse, so most of my contact was with the night ADONs), or worked with me was very impressed with my work and behavior. I listed them as references.

    PS said UD lost 5 out of 7 of her long time night shift nurses. She has yet to be able to staff the unit properly on nights, since (over 3 years).
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    Quote from Jami RN
    Unfortunately, this isn't true. (I am a Nurse Recruiter, so I deal with referencing all the time.)

    Many employers choose not to provide any information except verification of employment dates, but this is because of liability and not because of law. Employers are allowed to say anything they want to, so long as it is true. In fact many employers give quite a bit of information about current and former employees.

    In the state of Virginia (im not sure how it is elsewhere) it is against the law to prohibit a person from obtaining a position simply because of something that YOU said while in the refrencing process (i.e an employer calls an exemployer and gives a bad refrence which detures the new employer from hiring).

    When I graduated nursing school (two weeks ago) - we had the career services women come in and speak with us and she specifically said that it was against the law for that to happen - and that if it did occur, that you could sue. However, I have no idea how you would get it out of a potential employer that they didn't hire you because someone said you were a terrible employee, lol.

    Im not sure if I read your message right, maybe you were speaking under different circumstances - but this is what I have been told.


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