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Rehire after termination?

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by MelodyRNurse MelodyRNurse (Member)

MelodyRNurse specializes in ED, Rehab, LTC.

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This is embarrassing, but I really need help. I was terminated from a non-nursing position a few years ago at a facility I really really want to work at when I graduate. I was a new parent, it was my first full-time job, and I was irresponsible. I was late a lot and was on probation, and it was a harmless miscommunication incident that ultimately resulted in my termination. I have talked to my former manager, who wrote a letter of recommendation, after I was fired, for nursing school. She told me I would be eligable for rehire after a certain period of time. That time has passed.

Since I will be applying to a different department and they may not know the entire situation, I am concerned about getting rehired. On the application, it asks if you've ever worked for the facility before and if so why did you leave. They only have electronic applications. So how can I make "Yes, I worked for you before, but was terminated" look good on an application? Should I try to contact someone in person rather than just submitting an application and resume?

I know I will have to work harder than the average person to get in, but I am determined. What can I say to increase my chances of getting in?

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I would probably start with the manager that wrote you the letter of recommendation and have her check out, specifically, the chances of you getting rehired with the nurse recruiter and HR.

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MelodyRNurse specializes in ED, Rehab, LTC.

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I am positive I could get rehired in that department, because she offered me a position when she gave me a letter of recommendation, a couple years ago. I don't know if shes still there, but maybe she can point me in the right direction. Maybe there has been other circumstances like this. I know people have come back to that department after being fired, but I don't know about other departments.

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Be honest. Explain that you were young and a new parent, and now you're more mature and responsible.

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purple1953reading specializes in ER OB NICU.

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At one of the rural hospitals I worked out, I can remember one of the longterm CNAs telling me that the "new employee" had been terminated twice before and that "third time was the charm" In rural areas, sometimes is that their are only so many people willing to stick around andwork in the rural setting, rather than drive to bigger location, and make up to twice the money. I would guess it depended on the specific institution's policy. I know it is hard to make explanations, when forms only allow limited choices. You might add the explanation under comments or check with prior supervisor, to see what is in your file, and if the letter of recommendation is there, and the second job offer, should let you know that it is ok. Background checks and previous experience in the same field are often under scrunity before,but maybe with it being another department, it will be explained by the former.

Check with the human resources dept. if you have questions. Or maybe they will just offer you an interview, and ask outright, and you will have the opportunity to explain.

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RNforLongTime specializes in Med-Surg Nursing.

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I hope you have luck in getting rehired by this place. It's been my experience that once you've been fired from a place that they won't rehire you no matter what. Good luck!

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MelodyRNurse specializes in ED, Rehab, LTC.

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Its suburban and it is a huge facility. I wish it was rural because I would have more of a chance of actually talking to a human being instead of a recording or an answering machine. Thanks for everyones advice.

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