I worked at a LTC facility for 21 months until I was fired last week. For the first 19 months, everything was all right - wonderful evaluations, no write-ups, etc. Then two months ago, <something> happened (more on that in a minute). Since then I've been written up 3 times and fired.
The <something>? I work nights and I sent a nurse home (with my supervisor's approval). Needless to say, narcotics turned up missing and - somehow - the DEA has become involved.
(When I first heard this, it struck me as strange. Does the DEA normally investigate something like this?)
Anyway, I heard recently (within the past two weeks) that the investigation has expanded and the DEA is now investigating (more people/the facility itself). I'm not exactly sure what's going on but rumors are running wild.
I suspect that this investigation is the real reason I was fired. Of course I have no proof.
How do I handle this topic in an interview?? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
PS - I'd like to reiterate that *I* did not have the missing narcotics, it was the nurse I sent home.
PPS - Regarding the three write-ups - I have documentation and/or witnesses supporting my version of events for each one. And I added that information to the write-ups. But evidently that doesn't matter.
PPPS - My unit supervisor only found out I had been fired two days after it happened. She knew nothing about it.
PPPPS - I find the whole situation so depressing and frustrating. I'm not perfect but I really did try to do my best. Four nurses from the facility have called me and offered to give me references. I never thought something like this would happen to me.
Again, thanks in advance for any suggestions.
If applicable to your situation, I'd be looking into employment agencies.
They usually weed out the applicants for the employers
WHen they are sent to the employers for testing and interviews, most often these
interviews are focused on skills
and knowledge because the employment agency already did the personal background, employment background up to checking of references.
The assumption is that these applicants sent to them are the best match for their company/hospital and all they have to do
is to really test the skills/knowledge of these people.
You do not have to say that you were fired. They won't ask you anyway if you got fired.
What I suggest is that you construct a spiel answering questions like
What's the reason you left your job?
You can answer without even mentioning that you got fired.
I am sorry you're going through this, but all these shall pass.
I will say a prayer for you tonight and wish you success on your
I meant to write you a personal message, but I think I'm not yet qualified to
receive/send personal messages.
Last edit by mikimoto on Oct 4, '12