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This is a discussion on burned bridges what to put on job application in Nursing Job Search Assistance, part of Nursing Career Advice ... What does one put on an application if your last position didn't work out? Or if you "burned...by stargazer88 Apr 30, '12What does one put on an application if your last position didn't work out? Or if you "burned bridges?" If you know you won't get the best reference from your last place of employment? Not because of any mistakes but it just wasn't a good fit?
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- Apr 30, '12 by jenniebethrnthat happened to me. i was let go and i just explained to my other jobs that i wasn't a good fit. that's really what my boss told me, so it was the truth. nurses are in need everywhere and i've had 2 jobs since that job. no worries
- May 1, '12 by stargazer88Where are the needs? Where I live, just a few miles from a nursing school, jobs are hard to come by. I would gladly relocate. Any tips??
- May 1, '12 by ColleenRN2BQuote from jenniebethrnNot to split hairs, but being let go from a job because the fit wasn't right and burning bridges on the way out (which to me means the OP told them to pound sand or something along those lines on her way out the door) are VERY different things....that happened to me. i was let go and i just explained to my other jobs that i wasn't a good fit. that's really what my boss told me, so it was the truth. nurses are in need everywhere and i've had 2 jobs since that job. no worries
- May 1, '12 by jtk57Not trying to sound too high and mighty, but we should all consider the long term consequences of a short term indulgence in "giving the boss a piece of my mind about the way she runs this unit" or "burning bridges", etc. Nursing and healthcare are a small community, especially when you are looking for jobs in the same metro area. Finding a job is hard enough without having people think you are a bad apple, even if it is not true or you just had a moment of weakness.
That being said, at least in the state where I work, the policy for management is, if they are called and asked if RN A worked on their unit, they say "yes" or "no" and really don't offer that much more. Managers are not able to provide recommendations and they are not expected to provide any information other than whether or not the RN worked for the time indicated on their resume. If that is the case in your area as well then it seems to me it wouldn't matter if you burned bridges, at least as far as the formal application process goes. Like I said though, informal communication between managers and other nurses could be a problem.
- May 1, '12 by stargazer88I guess I didn't really mean "burned bridges" I had a very difficult time with my preceptor. She was very critical. Had only been out of school a year, but super confident. My weakness is not standing up for myself with more authorative type personalities. I left with them thinking I wasn't a great nurse. More embarrassed than anything.
- May 1, '12 by DutchRN09My employer will only state that someone is eligible for re-hire or that they are not. Managers and charge nurses can not complete any referals. Maybe that is true everyhwere.