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Should I put my nurse manager down as a contact when applying for a new job?

leila83 leila83 (New) New

Hi there everyone, My name is Leila and I'm new here. I really could use some help. I'm in the processing of applying for a new Rn job. I have been at my current acute care position for 11 mos now and would like to specialize in maternity nursing. I have noticed that in online applications that they require you to put the nurse managers name. I don't know if I should leave that part blank cuz I don't want to upset her about applying to another job.

I have spoken to my nursing friends on the floor and they told me that they would give me good references. My unit is all up in everybody's business. I feel that If I tell my nurse manager that she would tell the other nurses on my floor as to what I'm planning. And on the other side i moved six hours away from home to get this position. I just don't want to leave a bad impression and yes this is my first full time position as a RN.

So, basically im trying to apply for jobs without my nurse manager knowing. I just dont know how to put in on the application when they ask for the nurse manager contact info.....

any advice would be appreciated! :-)



Edited by Joe V

Scarlette Wings

Has 27 years experience. Specializes in M/S, ICU, ICP.

Hi and welcome. A diverse bunch is here on AN but we are as real as it gets. LOL.

If you have a relationship with your nurse manager and can talk about future goals of specializing in OB then great. Ask the person of you can use them as a reference. If you are not sure, and it sounds as if perhaps you aren't, then use your real friends and/or coworkers as references. If your goal is OB there is nothing wrong with saying so and Nurse Managers expect staff to have future goals to work toward.

If it is not this job that you leave for then it may be another down the road so act professional and set your goals, envision your dream job, and if the NM gets her/his nose out of joint ... they will get over it.

It's all very well and good to advice openness when searching for a job, but I would caution against it. Keep your Job Search confidential until you are ready to give your notice, then have a professional, pleasant conversation with your manager thanking him/her for the opportunity and hand in your resignation letter.

You hope that people act professionally in a professional environment, but that is not always the case. Once they know you are on your way out, what's to stop them from finding your replacement, or a way to get rid of you sooner?

I was required by a place I interviewed at once to provide my direct supervisor as a reference. I was told the process would not move forward until they were able to contact my direct supervisor. I was interested in the job, so spoke with him about it. Found out after talking with my manager that the salary at the new place was well below what I could afford to take, so turned down the job offer. Got a letter from human resources within two weeks that they had considered my conversation with my supervisor my giving notice and had found a replacement for me, and gave my a date that would be my last day there.

It is perfectly acceptable to keep your job search confidential. I would use trusted coworkers as references and protect your current employment status until you are ready to give notice.

Ok I Appreciate both of your responses but if I don't give my nurse managers contact information does that make me look shady? Would HR throw my application in the trash because of it?

It's extremely common to provide the contact information for your current nurse manager but tell the "new" organization that you don't want that person to know yet that you're job-hunting and to please not contact her yet. Many applications even have a box on the application form for you to check whether or not it's okay to contact your current employer. Eventually, they would need to talk to her, but they are very familiar with the idea of people not wanting their current employers to know that they're looking at other opportunities. That's not a big deal.

Ruby Vee, BSN

Has 40 years experience. Specializes in CCU, SICU, CVSICU, Precepting & Teaching.

i think a lot of the answer depends upon where you're looking. is the new employer the same as or in a business relationship with the current employer? if so, you may have to provide contact information for your nurse manager before your application can advance. assuming you have a good relationship with your nurse manager, just go talk to her about it. good managers understand when people need to move on to follow their dreams, assuming you've given your current job value for the money they spent training you.

People talk, either officially or otherwise. Job hunting is an acceptable reason to do reference checking. I have read more than once that some employers will contact whether or not you checked the "contact" box in the affirmative. You should always be aware of the possibility of the cat getting out of the bag.

You should always be aware of the possibility of the cat getting out of the bag.

Very true. You can be as cautious and careful as possible, but there's always the chance. That's a risk that you take when you start job-hunting.

Thank you everyone for all of your comments/feedback. I spoke with my urse manager and she is awesome and gave me really good advice and I asked her for a recommendation letter and I got that also last week. Now for some great news I have a phone interview this friday for my dream job..I am sooo excited wish me luck everyone and thank you all..!!!

Great news leila! Hope your interview is successful and productive!


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