Would there be any benefit to telling an SNF employer why you are resigning? In my case, I think there have been too many needless deaths and their facility is ill-equipped to care for fragile, very ill patients? I don’t need a reference and think it could be impactful for them. Am I missing some potential downside to this communication?
Concerned About Care
Dear Donna replies:
Dear Concerned About Care,
This is a challenging question to respond to without knowing all the particulars. But here are some things for you to consider:
1. Although you may not believe you need the reference, many prospective employers will check with current and former employers as a matter of procedure. Even if they don’t do it formally, people in the industry know each other and sometimes talk informally.
2. If you believe, as you state, that this facility is ill-equipped to treat the patients it purports to serve, there have been unnecessary deaths and they are negligent in some way, then you have an obligation to report that to state authorities. Hopefully you have some sound evidence or observations to report and would not do this maliciously. Find out who in your state is responsible for nursing home surveys and citations. Many of these agencies have anonymous hotlines for reporting.
3. I suggest you make some detailed notes about any steps you took while employed there (before resigning) to report your concerns and observations to your supervisor or make any changes. This way if you are ever called upon or subpoenaed as a witness or named in a litigation case, you have some details and notes at the ready. Dates and details tend to fade from memory.
4. Consider consulting with a nurse attorney about how to proceed.