I'm not sure if this is the best forum for this topic (incident is unrelated to drugs/alcohol) but I didn't really know where else to post it.
Before I get into this story, a disclaimer: This is not about my own personal experience, rather the story of a friend who works in the medical field with patients (non-nurse). I am posting here because I am desperately trying to help her through this hard time but I just don't know what to tell her because I've never gone through this myself and don't have any experience to draw from.
A very close friend of mine who had been working full time at a hospital (outpatient and inpatient) for several years recently lost her job. She was great at what she did and very frequently received compliments from doctors for her quality work with patients and the insight she showed numerous times by catching critical issues and informing the on-call doctor. She even had one patient write a letter to the upper level administrative staff of the hospital praising her (people so far above her own managers that they even told her they'd never personally had contact with these administrators before this letter was sent & positive feedback was sent back down through them to her). She has had patients send cards and gifts to her and is the kind of person who can put even the most nervous patient at ease to get them through a procedure.
Anyway, about a year ago things started to change when she switched into a new position and was put into a situation where her coworkers were basically bullying her for no reason. The details over this last year are too long to get into properly here, but suffice it to say that she was under a microscope in her new work area because she didn't fit into the "clique" and any and everything she did was reported to management, right or wrong. These people wanted to get her in trouble and were clearly out to get her, and she later found out that they actually bullied the last woman to have her job so bad that she, too, left. She had only switched into this new position because the hours worked better for her family and was depressed that she had left such a great work environment where everyone loved her to be treated with disrespect or simply ignored every time she walked into work for no apparent reason.
Just as another position at her hospital opened up and she applied for it in order to hopefully get out of this toxic environment, yet another coworker reported her for an incident that her management took as the last straw and ultimately they let her go. I don't want to get into the specifics due to this being a public forum and also it's not my story to tell, but I can say that no harm came to any patient or staff member, no near-misses, and there had been no complaints from any patients. It was a situation where they claimed she made a bad judgment call and because of a previous issue a coworker raised with her, they decided to simply let her go rather than counsel or provide corrective training. I truly believe this is a case of wrongful termination and that she should speak with a lawyer, but that is a separate issue.
The problem is that now she is at a loss for how to proceed in terms of finding a new job in her field. An old coworker from the position she had before the new position which led to all of this drama reached out to her and put in a good word at another hospital where she knew hiring managers. She said they were eagerly awaiting her application to pull for review. So my friend applied and was ultimately rejected without an interview as soon as they learned she had been terminated.
My question is: How does one move on in the medical field once they've been terminated from a position? Is there any way to properly word this on an application to avoid an automatic rejection? I think if she could at least get a job interview her personality and work ethic would speak for itself and she could properly explain or quell any concerns regarding this incident but the problem is actually GETTING an interview at this point.
She does have another on-call job at a different hospital doing the same type of work so she could use those managers as references, but her main experience has been at this hospital where she was let go and she can't possibly just leave it off of a resume because this was her longest held position in this field where she learned everything about her field after graduation. She also fears leaving it out of an application and having it come back to bite her if someone learns about this and feels she was purposefully withholding information.
I'm sorry for the lack of details but I am very worried about her and how she will manage her family and finances through this hard time. I've never had any experience with this before so I'm at a loss for how to help which is why I am reaching out here.
If anyone has any advice or insight it would be so greatly appreciated. Thank you.