Advice needed

  1. Hello all,

    In 2005 I got hired at a local hospital to work as a nursing assistant. I quit due to personal reasons during orientation and left without giving a notice. Highly unprofessional and something I am ashamed of to this day.
    There is a job that I would really like to have working with the elderly at one of this hospital's MD offices. How should I answer have you worked for this hospital before without getting the door slammed in my face by HR before I get the chance to explain. I have been working as an RN since September 2008.

    Thank you for any replies.

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  3. by   N1colina
    The only thing you can do is be honest. They probably have your name on record as a past employee, don't they? They will see that you left without notice but you could explain the reason you left, and maybe elaborate on it a little and maybe they'll give you another shot. You never know. You won't know until you try it. Good luck!
  4. by   Nurse ABC
    Most hospitals will put your name on the "do not rehire list" if you quit without notice. They may be afraid if you did it once you may do it again. Your best bet would be to contact human resources and explain why you left so suddenly and couldn't give notice and see if there is someone you could talk to about your chance of being re-hired. Also if your former manager is still there and you made a good impression on him/her they may be able to put in a good word for you. Do you have a good track record at the place you've worked since becoming an RN or have you job-hopped? This could work for or against you as well. Good luck!
  5. by   Meriwhen
    Tough one.

    It's likely that you are tagged a Do Not Rehire for leaving without notice, so the chances of a door being slammed in your face are pretty good. However, I'd still apply for the job and see what happens. I also agree with ABC about contacting HR to see what your status is...and if you are a DNR, if there's some way you can fix it or at least get to explain your side. You have nothing to lose by trying.

    As far as what to answer when asked if you worked for them before, you will have to say Yes because you did work for them. If you say No and they find out down the road that you lied, even if you weren't a DNR you could lose your job d/t falsifying your application. And that will REALLY kill any chance of a career with that hospital.

    Good luck.
  6. by   Each1Teach1
    I agree with everyone else above. If asked whether you've worked there previously, answer 'yes'. It's the truth. Then take it from there. If asked to elaborate on the topic, then you can explain what went wrong. That was 2005. Depending on your reasoning behind leaving without notice, coupled with the fact that this occurred over 5 years ago, it may work in your favor. If it's meant to be, nothing can stop you from getting this job.

    One of two things will happen. 1. They see your name on the Do Not Rehire list or whatever way they use to indicate candidates who left abruptly. 2. They call you back and you plead your case. You don't have to put all your guts out there, but be as detailed as possible. Appeal to their human side! lol. Wishing you the best!