Hi and thank you for your question. I am a verified Expert and am very happy to help you today. As a Director of Nursing I can tell you my best recommendation. When you go in for your interview, tell the interviewer exactly what happened. You don't have to do into lengthy details... but tell him/her what transpired, including the reasons you changed the assignment and the fact that you believed this to be acceptable as coverage for the patient was provided. If you do not do this, when your reference is called and your status is revealed " not eligible for rehire" is provided, your potential employer will assume you have been dishonest and will most likely not consider you for employment. The fact that you worked there successfully for 13 years is a big plus in your favor. If you have saved any thank you cards or letters of thanks from Patients or their families, bring them with you. If you have copies of favorable evaluations, bring them also. Be sure to highlight all the good things you did while employed. Please let me know if I can help further. I wish you all the best! :-)
Another consideration is to talk to some of your previous co workers and supervisors and ask for a letter of recommendation... or personal reference.