Against company policy???

  1. I've worked at a small, private hospital as a per diem, float CNA for 2 years and I needed a reference for a new RN job. Originally, I was told by my nursing supervisor that it was fine to list the CNO as a reference; she was even enthusiastic about it. The investigating company called me today saying that my job told them it was against company policy for them to give me a reference. I called HR and they confirmed this, saying that they could only confirm dates of employment and that's it.

    I'm just wondering why it would be against policy to give a reference... I've never heard of that before.

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  3. by   yourstrulyjmc
  4. by   rngolfer53
    Only providing dates of employment is quite common. Employers grew tired of being sued by those who got a perceived poor reference.
    Last edit by rngolfer53 on Jan 17, '13 : Reason: Diction.
  5. by   Everline
    Yes, it's pretty common from what I know. Many employers will not give references other than to verify dates of employment and that's because of the reason already specified here—namely, legal reasons (avoiding lawsuits).
  6. by   itsnowornever
    Do you have individual coworkers who would vouch for you?
  7. by   dah doh
    My workplace is the same, will only verify dates of employment, will not provide reference. Try asking your charge nurse or coworker for a reference.