I am an RN with more than 20 years of experience, primarily in acute care but also home health and hospice. In March, I was sanctioned by my states board of nursing for having lied about my supervisor on an application for employment with a home health company.
I received a warning with stipulations attached to my license until I work a year in direct care outside of home health. I have been trying to get a job ever since. I am having trouble; the recruiters see the stipulation on my license and dont give me a chance. The board tells me plenty of nurses have found jobs with this. What should I do? How should I approach a potential employer?
Dear Donna replies:
It is challenging for me to comment on your situation without knowing all the details. That being said, when what youre doing isnt working, its time to try a new approach.
Youll have to focus your job-hunting efforts mostly on networking, aka word of mouth. This is the most effective way to find and get a job under any circumstances, but especially when you have challenges to overcome. In other words, you will have to activate your network of friends, family members, contacts, former co-workers and employers, etc., to make recommendations, introductions and referrals. If someone in your network knows a prospective employer and can vouch for you and your character, then those employers will be more inclined to take a chance on you.
Read Picking Up the Pieces of Your Career (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Pieces). As the article suggests, start volunteering somewhere medical while you look for paid employment. Volunteering is a way to get your foot in the door somewhere, make valuable contacts, and provide some structure to your week. Volunteering often leads to paid employment.
Talk to those in your circle and ask for their help. Be honest about what happened and tell them what you need to do and what type of job you need to get. Ask for their help and support. State that you have learned a hard lesson from your actions, have grown from the experience, and are committed to moving forward and getting your career back on track. You may have to eat a little crow, as the expression goes, but if you are sincere in your efforts and your request, you will be able to get past this.
Sending good wishes your way,