Being Blackballed

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I've been on an oncology floor during the last year and decided to try to transfer to another hospital near by within the same system ( my hospital has a monopoly in local hospitals) as on oncology nurse. Interview went great, the manager wanted me, the only thing holding me back was that they facility I applied at did not give chemo. Long story short, when I called the manager back to tell her my research indicated that giving chemo won't be an issue to maintain my OCN and I would love to be on her team. Needless to say, the new manager called be back immedicately and offered me a verbal offer over the phone. Even gave me the protocol of how my recruiter will contact me to give me a written offer. Even explained to me how to talk to my manager about when I can leave.

A few later, no news from the recruiter. I come to find out that there is no offer on the recruiter end. I contacted the new manager and she confirms no written offer despite the verbal offer she conveyed to me. I'm totally shocked.

My current manager has been known to prevent people from leaving in addition to never giving a good reccommendation to anyone who has left. Now mind you that prior to my new interview, I informed my old manager that I am applying for new position to a hospital near me because of gas prices, not because of HER floor. She told me she will support me in whatever she can. Well, I think that was a bold face lie. I think she blackballed me. I am so upset. I want someone to investigate but don't know who to go to. HR? DON? Quality control?

I've never been written up for anything. I come to work on time with a few exceptions of being late due to accidents on the freeway (which was doccumented on the news). I've had patients complimented me and I have had pts complained because I didnt' get their pain meds on time. ( 6 pts on an oncology can be crazy). And have called in sick only 1 time in a 1 1/2 year of employment with them.

LOng story short; now I hate my job because I'm just not accustomed to this kind of BS from managment. I've been self employed my whole life.

I want to report to someone, as I think the practice is totally wrong. I understand blackballing is common in nursing, but it shouldn't be. Our field is stressfull enough as it is, we don't need a bunch of nasty women manager who has self security problems and have power hungry issue and love excercising it when they can.

Sorry for such a long post, but I'm angry and want to do something about it. I'm starting my clinical portion in FNP in fall and with a hiring freeze in our area, I'm so limited with available position to change to. :angryfire I also signed an agreement to be a clinical instructor for the hospital one I'm done with my FNP program, I'm hoping that will give me some kind of minute clout to deal with this thing.

Anyone with any suggestion would be very helpful.

Very frustrated.

llg, PhD, RN

13,469 Posts

Specializes in Nursing Professional Development.

First of all, take a deep breath. You have no evidence that your manager did anything wrong. All you have is a suspicion. You should verify the facts before you blame your manager and possibly do something to jeopardize your current job and/or give yourself a bad reputation, etc. It may simply be that the position you applied for was offered to another applicant for valid reasons.

Be careful about making accusations that could backfire on you when you don't have an concrete evidence. You could end up hurting yourself more than your manager.

caliotter3

38,333 Posts

Having gone through this and getting an attorney involved, all I can say is you will have to overcome her comments, if she is in fact bad mouthing you. The end result of this is that she can say what she wants. If she is denigrating your job performance, it has to be true. Or you have a case. But if she is expressing her opinion of you, she can say anything she pleases. How people get away with this, is that their remarks are characterized as opinion. That is the loophole. As the attorney told me, almost impossible to prove that there is an action against the employer.

youknowho

470 Posts

Relax. I know, I know, easier said than done. You sounds like me when I get upset. I want to do something about it NOW!! Sometimes the best thing is to take a step back and get control of your emotions. You might do something that you regret in the long run. Concentrate of your school and let your frustrations motivate you to a better place and a better position. You said it, there are no jobs where you live, so stay where you are for now and dont make enemies.

sweet sunshine

64 Posts

I would straight out ask her if she was called ror reference and take it from there.

shortlittleRN

60 Posts

I don't know if I should just let it be. She'll make my life hell in addition to looking for anything to write me up on. Then, I really can't get out of there. Sad thing is, so many Great nurses left our floor because of the personal offense she takes when someone wants out of her floor. The hospital has much too lose, because the money they spend on training a new nurse is equivalent to an average year salary of another. But I'll find my way out without being stained.

If your hospital system share the same HR, I would call up the recruiting HR Specialist and ask them what you should do,

You are stuck unless you mke an actual move. Keep your plans for the future to yourself. Good luck.

Chanta2

37 Posts

Specializes in Home births.

What a crock of bull. I think some women are vindictive and jealous and misuse their position. Some will try to keep you back especially if you are ambitious. I would apply again. If the job is still open.

Sorry this is happening to you. I have had that happen to me before. I just keep on keeping on. No one will take me down unless I let them. You keep your head up. Go for what ever you want despite another person insecurities.

I would not put her on the contact person to call for those reasons you stated. I would put another person on the contact info. I'm sure you have another nurse manager that you can relate to and can put in a good word for you.

shortlittleRN

60 Posts

If your hospital system share the same HR, I would call up the recruiting HR Specialist and ask them what you should do,

HR is there, I may go to them and see what I can do.

shortlittleRN

60 Posts

What a crock of bull. I think some women are vindictive and jealous and misuse their position. Some will try to keep you back especially if you are ambitious. I would apply again. If the job is still open.

Sorry this is happening to you. I have had that happen to me before. I just keep on keeping on. No one will take me down unless I let them. You keep your head up. Go for what ever you want despite another person insecurities.

I would not put her on the contact person to call for those reasons you stated. I would put another person on the contact info. I'm sure you have another nurse manager that you can relate to and can put in a good word for you.

Funny, that is how my personality is. Keep going til I get what I want. I remember disagreeing with an instructor while I was in nursing school and went to the head of the department to complain. Sadly, that marked me for the rest of my nursing school. In that case, the squeaky wheel didn't work.

In this situation, I think I've found a way to do what I need to do. I'll trying the floating pool and develop my relationship with other managers and work from there. The original position I applied for is filled, and the manager there didn't even have the courtesy to call me or send me a "decline" letter despite the verbal offer she gave me. I wouldn't want to work for someone who doesn't have the professional decency to do that, so that's a wash.

Thank you all for your support. Meanwhile, my goal is my AOCNP eventually, so this is just a step to my destination.

is there anyway to get off of beging blackballed from a hosptial? or is it that it is forever and not to even try and get a job in that hopstial system?

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