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Hi Everyone,

I recently joined allnurses as I have been a long time reader/browser and right now, I am really in need of advice.

I am not sure how much of a back story I should give, so I will keep it short for now.

I was hired by a company back in July with the responsibility of providing care to patients in their homes/residence in urban and rural settings. Long story short I quit after 2 months. My life outside of work was extremely chaotic at this time. I tried to communicate the pressures I was feeling to my one Supervisor who was not entirely supportive. My other Supervisor did email to say "sorry to see you are leaving us" and "good luck with your future endeavors" in another.

I would like to approach this company for employment but am incredibly unsure how to go about it. I do honestly miss the work and my patients. I want to call to test the water with my one Supervisor (I still have an extension #) but don't know how to do it. I feel stopping by is more like ambushing the person not to mention putting them on the spot.

I realize I have nothing really to lose by contacting them it's the initial contact and dialogue that I am having issues with. I would really appreciate any advice, wisdom, suggestions, et certa. Thank you.


Specializes in Peds/outpatient FP,derm,allergy/private duty. Has 33 years experience.

Hi Palehorse, glad you decided to join in!

Am I correct in assuming the company is an agency? If so, I'll just offer a few thoughts having worked in this area for a few years. First, it's extremely common to find nurses with varying levels of ability to take on more hours or fewer hours depending on their life circumstances. Could be school, could be family, could be just need some extra income on a temporary basis.

I've found that most of the time you can stay in their system without formally resigning as far as the agency is concerned. If you are assigned to a client, it's best to give the office a heads up so there is not undue hardship to office staff or the client being left in the lurch.

In this particular case, I would probably send an email to the more understanding supervisor, and just explain things have settled down, that you would like to renew your status, you enjoy working with your patients, basically the truth as you've told us.

If the idea of doing a "cold call" is anxiety producing you can end your email with an offer to call back at a convenient time or specify when you can be reached. Phone tag is to be avoided at all costs! :-)

Wish you the best!

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 14 years experience.

Your are correct: you have absolutely nothing to lose by contacting your former place of employment, so there's no harm in trying.

However, I cannot determine from your post whether you provided a proper two weeks' notice of resignation. If you did not do this, do not be surprised if your former supervisors are not responsive to you.

In addition, leaving after only two months of employment is another reason why they might not give you another chance. Good luck with whatever happens.

Thank you for the guidance and support Commuter. I was contractually required to give only 1 week notice (which I did) so hopefully that will not work against me. I will keep you posted on developments, and I am very much obliged.

Thank you for the guidance and support nursel56, I really appreciated the rapid responses. I like your idea of sending an email. I am planning on sending it Monday so I will keep you posted as developments arise. Thank you so much again for the advice.


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