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Need advice about what to put on job application

kaybrn kaybrn (New) New

I need some advice about what to put on job application. I became on RN in 2008 and began my first RN job in September. I loved the job, but I was unfortunately diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in March of this year. The chemotherapy was rough so I took a leave of absence. I finished chemotherapy and had my surgery which all went really well.

I am ready to go back to work but there are no jobs in my old department. I am not interested in changing specialties. There is a job in another hospital that would be perfect for me. My question is how should I answer the question about why I left my last job. Should I just say health reason or be specific and say a cancer diagnosis. I am just afraid a nurse manager might look at me and be worried that I will miss work because of my cancer. My prognosis is excellent and I am so ready to go back to work. The position I am interested in is a prn position so they don't have to worry about my insurance cost.


I'm a little confused. Have you left your job and are applying to another employer? Or with the same employer, different area? If it is a new employer, explain your absence, as due to health problems. If she ask, you received successful treatment for breast cancer, with a good prognosis. You might want to get a letter from your doctor stating that. If it is the same employer,likely they all ready know.

Good luck


BVFD 333

Specializes in ED, Cardiology. Has 14 years experience.

Hi Michele,

Sorry about your Diagnosis, must been a difficult time for you. Personally I think being straight forward is always the best policy during an interview. However you need to get first to the interview. I think I would state in my resume that you took FMLA for the period of…to…and then…When they ask for more info I would clarify.

Just my thoughts J

Good luck!

classicdame, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Hospital Education Coordinator.

Congratulations for your recovery. I would be honest, but brief. Actually, as a manager I would believe someone with your recent experiences would be a good patient advocate.