References? Do you use co-workers? or just supervisors? | allnurses

References? Do you use co-workers? or just supervisors?

  1. 0 I am just wondering if I should list one of my previous co-workers as a reference, or if I should stick just to supervisors? Right now I have a house sup from the most recent hospital I worked at, a manager and nurse educator from the one before that but I'm just wondering if I should have a staff nurse as a reference or if that will look weird. TIA for any advice!
  2. Visit  nursecass profile page

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    nursecass has '5' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'ER/Critical Care'. From 'Los Alamos, NM, US'; Joined Jun '08; Posts: 111; Likes: 79.

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  3. Visit  classicdame profile page
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    I think you have it covered. Co-workers may be construed as buddies and not in a position to evaluate your work.
  4. Visit  caliotter3 profile page
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    I would only use coworkers if I was on the outs with all of the possible supervisors. And I'm aware that they are going to seek out the supervisors anyway, so might as well list them.
  5. Visit  Vicki29 profile page
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    I've found that potential employers want feedback from people who have supervised you. Some also ask for co-worker feedback. Therefore, I have copies of written references and phone numbers (with permission) from both supervisors and peers.
  6. Visit  BluegrassRN profile page
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    As a charge nurse I have provided numerous references. Go with your charge nurses, supervisors, managers if you can. If you go with a coworker, choose one who has some sort of credentials: the chair of the unit council, someone who has chaired a committee you were on, a coworker who was your mentor/preceptor, that sort of thing.
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  7. Visit  Ardneth profile page
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    Typically, supply at least one of each. Usually HR managers like to have at least one direct supervisor that they can speak with and one co-worker/peer who you work closely with. I also usually include one person who operates in a higher capacity (manager lvl or higher) who I did not report directly to but did interact with on a semi-regular basis (such as a director level).
    That allows them to get a well rounded picture of you as an employee. Besides those three, I will usually mention on my reference page that I can provide additional references on request. I usually have a couple personal, a couple more co-workers, and try to have at least one more manager/supervisor in reserve.
  8. Visit  canesdukegirl profile page
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    Quote from BluegrassRN
    As a charge nurse I have provided numerous references. Go with your charge nurses, supervisors, managers if you can. If you go with a coworker, choose one who has some sort of credentials: the chair of the unit council, someone who has chaired a committee you were on, a coworker who was your mentor/preceptor, that sort of thing.
    I have also provided references for employees from a charge nurse perspective. I think it would be wise for you to list your direct supervisor, as well as what Bluegrass stated-someone with whom you work closely with but that has credentialing. For example, if you work in a hospital that has a Clinical Ladder system, choose someone that has a higher clinical tier to provide a reference.


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