I got fired today, how will that affect my chances? - page 2

I got fired for a dumb thing I did breaking a hospital policy per HR, not my nursing performance or patient care related. How will that affect me getting another job?... Read More

  1. by   Sunny68
    Yes, that can be reported to the BON if the employer chooses to go that route, they might of told her during the HR meeting or not.

    I have known nurses to be fired for much less though in the state that I work for and did okay for finding other work. I have also known nurses to fired for much worse and found work.
  2. by   iluvivt
    I am sorry as I thought they would give you a chance as well. It is not like they caught you doing it more than once and it was in a car. Most former employers do not reveal too much IF they are ever even called by a prospective employer. Sure, they can reveal a lot but usually do not for fear of defamation lawsuits. They usually just give the basics. So definately do not reveal the details up front because the odds are the interviewer does not know the details. I would not lie though but have an answer prepared that tells the truth without the details. If I did have the information that you were fired I may ask something like this." Why were you let go by XYZ facility". Also make sure you a prepared answer about what you have learned from the experience and how that will make you a better employee. I am always willing to give someone a chance if they behave as an adult and learn from their mistakes.
  3. by   jadelpn
    I am lost and confused. You lost your job because you were caught in a compromising postion with a fellow employee in the parking lot in a car???? During your work hours???? Or is this some made up assumption? Lord have mercy is right.
    "I made a poor personal choice that the company I was employed by felt it unbecoming of the image they wanted portrayed of their nursing staff. I have learned greatly from this, and have further learned not to mix my high standards of practice with my personal choices." This is a slippery slope. Made worse by the fact that it occured on their property if you were on the clock or not. Otherwise, it would not/should not be of concern to them. They have to be very careful in what they say regarding your character, as it could be seen as slanderous. And subjective. This is embarrasing, and sucks, and I am sure lessons were learned on both sides of the matter. And please tell me that the person "involved" with you lost their job as well......providing that this is not some gossip or a general example....if it is, I stand by my first comment--stick to your job performace, and not to "he said that I did" Because unless you put it on the You Tube the rest is subjective.....
  4. by   BSNbeauty
    You asked for our advice on the last thread. We told you to resign.... How did they catch you off guard???? Should have taken our advice
  5. by   Whispera
    While a HR department officially can only give dates and pay info., people know people, and people talk. I think it will be difficult for you to find a job in your area.
  6. by   iluvivt
    There is no federal law stating they can only give dates of employment and just those kinds of facts. Some states may have more specific laws but you need to check. I do not think you will have a problem getting another job, So you used poor judgement and then got caught.You did not make a clinical error.
  7. by   ♪♫ in my ♥
    HR in larger institutions will generally not release any more information than employment dates and job title, not due to regulations but instead to avoid getting caught up in civil proceedings with claims of false information or bias. Your former employer has 'no horse in this race' and may not want to be involved at all.

    Being terminated for cause, any cause, puts you in a strong headwind in trying to get hired somewhere else. It really just depends on your specific set of skills and experience, and what difficulties employers face in finding qualified candidates.

    For sure, be open and honest in response to any questions. You are damaged goods at this point and need to show prospective employers that you're only tarnished on the surface, not having deep cracks in your honor and ethics.
  8. by   hiddencatRN
    Quote from Whispera
    While a HR department officially can only give dates and pay info., people know people, and people talk. I think it will be difficult for you to find a job in your area.
    It sounds like OP's former employer is CHOOSING to only verify basic information like many other employers do, but they can say anything that is true.

    OP: it's encouraging that your manager will give you a good reference. I think it is still likely that you will be asked why you left/were terminated in an interview. I'd try to just leave that box blank in the application and handle that in person during the interview.
  9. by   jetsy62
    What was the reason put on your papers for termination? Specifically what HR policy did you break? I guess I am asking for the terminology used. That may help you answer the question when asked.
  10. by   BSNbeDONE
    Quote from Nurseadam
    I got fired for a dumb thing I did breaking a hospital policy per HR, not my nursing performance or patient care related. How will that affect me getting another job?
    No judgements here....because you WILL find another position....just a little FYI: As an LPN (Low Paid Nurse), I always held two jobs just to make ends meet. As an RN, (still low paid, only with a slight Raise), in an imperfect world that expects nurses to make NO mistakes, I STILL keep two jobs. As your career progresses and you, as the old folks say, "keep living", you will continue to make mistakes, as we all will. So as soon as you land another position, line up yet another one even if you only show your face once a week. This day in age, I think it pays NOT to become complacent in any position because management is always "restructuring" and downsizing and HUMANS are always making mistakes. I know this post doesn't address your question but i hope it does give you a little insight for the future. Plan B is a wonderful concept. I read your very first post a few days ago. I just really wish you good luck because I know without a doubt that the lesson has been learned here. Remember....Plan B!
  11. by   ♪♫ in my ♥
    Be aware that one thought that you might have to counter is that your employer decided *not* to keep you on when they certainly could have. One might consider that they took the opportunity to cut you loose when it easily presented itself.

    I have been in meetings discussing whether to retain or dismiss employees for various transgressions and such usually begin and end with an assessment of whether we even want to retain them or not. While the policy violation may be what gets written in the file, it's usually been our perception of the worker's attitude and value that actually makes the decision.
  12. by   HouTx
    I'm just now coming up to speed with nurseadam's saga. I think one of the PPs raised valid concerns that this may be reportable to the BON - particularly if he was in uniform (identifiable as health care provider, associated with that institution) when the event occurred. Depends entirely on the state's rules & regs. In Tx, it would be considered unprofessional conduct - probably just get a warning.

    However (gently now with my 'Mom' voice) I have some real concerns for OP - the behavior reflects incredibly poor impulse control. Although it may not be a priority at this point, it would seem that this should warrant some serious personal reflection. I am (for sure) old enough to have more than one acquaintance/ colleague who have found themselves or partners embroiled in similar situations. Yes, really. In two instances, it was a behavioral pattern that was repeated numerous times. I'm sure that OP's sitch may be a 'one of' that will never happen again, but just saying - if this is not the case, counseling may be appropriate.

    In the meantime, I would advise the OP to try to make a fresh start ASAP -- in an entirely different area if possible. Gossip is a horrible thing, and can be very damaging for many years afterward. There is no such thing as 'confidentiality' if even one person knows what happened. Best to start over where no one knows what occurred.
  13. by   FlyingScot
    The truth of the matter is, even in the largest communties the nursing community is small...and they talk...a lot. Especially when the topic is as provacative as your situation. I highly doubt you will never be able to find a job as a nurse again but you've pretty much torpedoed your career in your area. Best to move on and out...far out!