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Has 10+ years experience.

Has anyone else done this? A year ago I was let go from a facility, I had just had my 5 yr anniversary the week prior and had worked at a sister facility for 5 yrs prior to starting at this facility. Being let go was a complete shock not only to me but to my immediate supervisor and coworkers as well. My supervisor did not agree with the decision to let me go and actually refused to be there when they called me into the DON's office, she left for the day before it happened. Since that time all the people who were involved in my dismissal are gone except the HR director. The NHA resigned, the DON walked out, and the nurse manager was fired. There is now a new DON, NHA, nurse manager, and ADON. The ADON was actually a floor nurse who I worked with quite a bit. Any ways, my old supervisor has been asking me to come back and I finally got up the nerve to reapply, I received a call this morning, the DON wants to set up an interview next week. I'm actually really nervous about this. When I was let go I was never given a straight answer as to why. The DON initially said I was being let go because there were times that I hadn't used the time clock to punch in, I has used the missed punch log. When I repeated what she said the HR director jumped in and said they had decided this was an attendance occurrence and because I had received a final written warning for being absent this was my final occurrence. But than a few moments later they went back to saying I violated the attendance policy. My dismissal form that I had to sign stated I was being let go for my attendance but the dismissal letter stated it was due to a violation in policy. During my unemployment appeal they stated it was because I had been using the missed punch log to enter in earlier start times and even went on to state that I had received previous warnings regarding this, which was all untrue. The dates that were given as to when I had received these "warnings" were dates that I wasn't even in the building! And as for the attendance claim, I reviewed the policy after I was let go and was not in violation of the policy and should have never even been issued a written warning as I did not have enough absences to warrant a warning. So I don't know how to answer the question "why were you let go?". My feeling is that the management at the time was trying to do away with LPNs working full time on the day shift (I was the only LPN on days), the DON at the time had just recently been hired and had never even acknowledged my presence, no joke. Never said hello to me, never even looked at me! Yet was super friendly towards the rest of the day shift nurses. After I was let go my position was filled in less than a week with an RN, the position was never posted internally or on the company website, which is why I believe they were just trying to replace me with an RN. So anyways, fast forward to now, all new upper management besides the HR director and an upcoming interview that I'm pretty nervous about!

middleagednurse

Specializes in nurseline,med surg, PD. Has 50+ years experience.

All new management sounds promising. Just explain the facts. People are often let go just because somebody doesnt like you.It's worth a try.

I would be concentrating my efforts elsewhere. I went back to an old employer one time and found that the congenial "family" atmosphere just was not there, to put it lightly. You will always be thought of as the one who was, and is, an easy target. Just think your chances at fair treatment are better in a new environment. Why should you even be dealing with these feelings of doubt that you are having before the interview? Not worth it.

If you love the facility and co-workers (same? different?) AND there's no reduction in benefit plans, etc (in other words, they haven't changed for the worse) than go ahead.

If any of that is on the negative side....try something new ;)

Selfie

Has 20+ years experience.

No. No. and HELL No. Your supervisor didn't even stick up for you. Why would you even put yourself in this position? You are feeling uneasy, and justifiably so. I'd call Monday, cancel, and say: "I'm calling to cancel the interview. After thinking things over, I still have unresolved feelings regarding what happened to me the last time I was employed here. I feel that I was wrongfully terminated. After that, my unemployment was denied. Sorry for any inconvenience this cancellation may have caused."

Wrongful termination and then fighting your unemployment? This does not sound like a good company.

proud nurse, BSN, RN

Specializes in Medical Oncology, Alzheimer/dementia. Has 15 years experience.

I would never go back to a facility that terminated me.

MrChicagoRN, RN

Specializes in Leadership, Psych, HomeCare, Amb. Care. Has 30 years experience.

I'd suggest going in and having a heart to heart with your old supervisor and talk about it.

Then decide if you think you'd like to work there or not. I find it odd that your supervisor literally left the building to avoid dealing with your situation, now wants you back.

Was there a specific question that you have about this situation?

I don't like the way they treated you. It's just not okay. Mo e on to an all-new place. Or if you MUST take this job, keep your resume sharp.

sissiesmama, ASN, RN

Specializes in ER, TRAUMA, MED-SURG. Has 22 years experience.

No. No. and HELL No. Your supervisor didn't even stick up for you. Why would you even put yourself in this position? You are feeling uneasy, and justifiably so. I'd call Monday, cancel, and say: "I'm calling to cancel the interview. After thinking things over, I still have unresolved feelings regarding what happened to me the last time I was employed here. I feel that I was wrongfully terminated. After that, my unemployment was denied. Sorry for any inconvenience this cancellation may have caused."

Wrongful termination and then fighting your unemployment? This does not sound like a good company.

This! JMO but no way would I chance it.

Anne, RNC

Caffeine_IV

Specializes in LTC, med/surg, hospice. Has 7 years experience.

I work for a hospital system that I was previously terminated from but I would NOT reapply or work on the specific unit again that fired me.

NurseQT

Has 10+ years experience.

I have to clarify.. My supervisor left that day because she was against my termination and refused to take part in it. She was in the DON's office that Monday trying to get me my job back . After the DON walked off the job a couple months later and am interim DON stepped in my supervisor asked me to come back over and over. After they hired a new DON she continued to ask me to come back so I finally agreed to reapply. She has been trying for a year to get me back.

I went and spoke with the DON yesterday.. She didn't even interview me, She offered me a job on the spot! She said my supervisor and the scheduler had both spoken very highly of me and she trusted what they had to say. I got hugs from all my old co-workers and when I said something about appreciating the warm welcome one of co-workers said "you've been missed!" :-) And I believe I really was. I accepted the offer. Was given a bump in pay, an awesome schedule, and reinstated as one of the "primary" nurses!

sissiesmama, ASN, RN

Specializes in ER, TRAUMA, MED-SURG. Has 22 years experience.

Loving that happy ending!

No doubt! That's awesome!!

Anne, RNC