This is my pet peeve. A hospital who, in all likelihood, has a policy against giving out references EXPECTS you to provide a reference from your current or former employer before they will hire you. This is AFTER you pass a background check, drug screen, multiple computer tests, a physical, multiple interviews, and education verified. What MORE could they possibly want? And STILL they won’t hire you until they hear some random stranger say you’re the best employee that ever graced Gods green earth. References are useless. If you were dishonest you could pay someone to pretend to be your former supervisor. Sorry you’re going through this.