Anna R. on July 11, 2017
I'm currently battling Stage 3 cancer but looking to go back to work in the fall (I was forced onto medical leave due to environmental risk factors and job was not protected due to not qualifying for FMLA). I am a second-career nurse (I worked previously in public health), and graduated in December 2015. Following graduation I worked for 3 months and a very well-regarded hospital, however had an absolutely horrible experience where my clinic manager threatened to "ruin my career" (I actually attempted to file a harassment suit against him but was told he was tenured and protected), and I quit the position after 3 months and then started a new job in September only to be dx with cancer in February and have to go on medical leave. My most recent job would provide a great reference, I believe.
So...in nursing, the more months of experience the better, however if I do include the previous job I quit (and assume they only call HR and never the manager) it will look like I was at one job for 3 months, left, than another job for 5 months and left....which is worse? Gaps, spotty resume or lack of experience?