Here's my situation. I gave notice at my job, but left on good terms..gave 3 weeks notice, offered to stay per diem to cover shifts for awhile etc. The reason I left was the dynamic that had sprung up on my shift over the past few months. One of the techs is just a toxic personality to begin with, and then she lost her son last winter in an accident. The supervisor on the shift is a good nurse, but doesn't always act very professionally(ie disappears with his little CS girlfriend for a good 20 minutes each shift) and he refuses to rein this behavior in(they're friends outside of work). Add to this the fact that I got very little support as a new nurse on this shift and I decided that career wise, I had to leave that environment. I am having a hard time finding a new job(in an OR) and I'm concerned that I'm getting blackballed for no good reason. I mean, it's not like I walked off the job with no notice..I think the supervisor was mad because he wanted me to run the schedule when he "needs a day off." As a sometime thing, I didn't mind, but it turned into whole weeks at a time and when I started running the board, I hadn't even been a nurse for a year-there were still circulating things I was trying to fine tune. Should I answer "no" when they ask if they can contact them as a reference? I know that technically, they're only supposed to ask dates of employment, can you be rehired etc. but I'm worried that they are screwing me over because I had the nerve to leave after a year(as an RN). Should I contact a lawyer? Anyone been through something similar and have any advice? PS- I know I should have lined something up job wise before leaving but the tech's behavior just got unbearable and I started fearing for my license(ie when we needed to do a count, she'd ignore me, I did put my foot down and we finally counted). Months ago, I had filled out a form for a travel agency when it became known to all of us that the hospital is in a bad way financially...I told them that I wasn't ready to travel for at least a year yet and asked them please not to contact my job at this point but they did and asked for a reference. This made the PTB angry(I got questioned pretty intensely as to whether I was planning on leaving) and my boss started making snide comments, would "forget" to get me supper relief etc. So I just had to leave with class before I snapped one day!