Quote from rbs105
I applied to a travel co. and got a first interview. I have not travelled before. I had a heck of a time getting my references for this co. I am wanting to apply to another co. in case I don't get a second interview, and to see if there are more options.
My problem is that I had such a time getting references and was even somewhat 'reprimanded' for using them, that I don't know what to put on another application. My immediate supervisor told me she was told by my director that she cannot give me a reference and that she shouldn't have done it.
How do I tell another co. I cannot give these people for references? On the other hand, I should be able to use them for references-they are the ones I have worked with for two years!!! I know they are severely desperate for people and don't want to lose staff, but this is ridiculous. Any advice would be helpful from anyone...thank you!!!
Hi. I just read your blog on references. I know it was a few years ago, but I was wondering if you could help. I started filling out job apps for travel nurses. I was doing private duty on acute patients, and many other things. When you do private duty, you're the boss. I spoke to the nurse superv. from the agency I worked with and they refuse to give out references. I contacted a friend of mine who works in a big teaching hospital in Manhattan and she gave me an excellent references. I just received an offer on Fri. for a travel assignment. The nurse manager was very nice, offered to help me if I needed refreshing, etc.
Well, the reference I used (I'll call her Mary) called the travel company and the company called my former employer and they said they never heard of "Mary".
I've been worried all weekend that they are going to drop me. I worked in many cath labs and this compay won't accept any references from more than TWO years ago. I'm anticipating them calling me and saying it was a misunderstanding and that I worked under "Mary" in the hospital, but I was a volunteer. Wouldn't they rather have a reference from a former cath lab manager as opposed to a private duty/home care agency? And many of the people I ask downright tell me no. I don't get it. If you did finally get a reference, how did you get it and also did your reference have to be within the past TWO years? I'm so disgusted with the way nurses are treated. My travel company said it's JCAHO policy to have references within the past two years. I've been submitted to other facilities with the same reference/s and had no problem Please give any advice you can, I'd greatly appreciate it.