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by mnicole mnicole (New Member) New Member

mnicole has 2 years experience and specializes in med-surg.

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I am a nurse with almost 2years experience. I recently lost my job (asked to resign) for a HIPPA violation. I was curious as to how to respond to the question "why did you leave your last position at.....?"

Do I tell the truth and be honest or do I say I want to go in a different direction with my field of nursing?

I'm also going back to school for my BSN.

I need some advice,

Thanks so much!

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wondern has 20 years experience as a ASN.

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Honesty is the best policy. Just try not to dwell on it during the interview and say you learned from it if you did?! That's the most important thing I would think. :redpinkhe

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mnicole has 2 years experience and specializes in med-surg.

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I did learn from it, thank you so much for your advice!! :nurse:

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mnicole has 2 years experience and specializes in med-surg.

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Well, heres the thing, I had a friend visit me at work, the supervisor saw this person and I was later called in. I had NEVER been in trouble before for anything, this was my first. I didn't know what I was doing wrong. Is this worth mentioning to a future employer if they ask me or should I not mention it?

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That's a tough call. I'm not so sure I would say that I was forced to resign...

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nurse0520 has 1 years experience.

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how is that breaking hippa? it doesnt sound like you disscussing anyones treatment, dx, etc? I have said hi to my friend one time when my grandma was being treated in the hospital she works at.

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nurse2033 is a MSN, RN and specializes in ER, ICU.

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If you resigned then you were not fired. You had a disagreement with your boss that you couldn't resolve. Honestly it sounds like there was more to it, maybe that you weren't aware of. If I was hiring you I would want to understand your reasoning. I wouldn't want to hire a flake who would quit at the first disagreement. You had a friend visit which was against policy and you weren't aware. If you were pressured to quit against your better judgement you might say in hindsight you wish you tried to work it out and will in the future. Good luck.

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nursebenson has 5 years experience and specializes in Cardiac.

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I wouldn't reveal why you left the previous job. I'd say something general about working closer to home, changed specialties, needed more hours... In this tough job economy, I feel like we don't have a lot of options and if you need the job, I'd avoid anything that would reduce your likelihood of getting that job.

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