MaineGeneral Health in Augusta is currently imploring nurses whom they had previously terminated for not complying with vaccine mandates during the pandemic to consider returning to them. They have sent out letters with the message, “Please think about returning to us.”
According to The Maine Wire, many of those workers were denied unemployment compensation after they were fired.
Former registered nurse Terry Poland shared the message she received from the company that fired her.
“You were once a proud member of the MaineGeneral team,” the facility told her in a text.
“Would you consider rejoining us?
“We would be pleased to discuss options with you.
“As you know, nearly 2 years ago MaineGeneral had to comply with a state mandate for COVID-19 vaccination.
“We lost a number of great employees as a result, including you,” MaineGeneral continued.
The company goes on to note that the vaccination rule has been waived by the state.
Despite hard economic times after losing her job, Poland, who made about $75,000 a year before being fired, was not tempted.
“I was livid,” Poland said about receiving the message.
“Like, how dare you force me out of a career that I’ve dedicated my whole life to, taken away my livelihood, my ability to earn a good income, and now you think I’m gonna come grovel back to you?”
“I don’t hardly think so.
“And that’s the attitude of most everybody that I’ve been in contact with since yesterday.”
I can’t blame these nurses for holding a grudge.
I know I sure would if I had put years and years into such a selfless career, only to have it all ripped away by some ridiculous mandate.
Honestly, this should serve as a lesson for the next time our government is faced with a pandemic. Overstepping their bounds is clearly not the answer.