Im a new hire and im pregnant - page 5

by newnurse1986 7,732 Views | 49 Comments

Interviewed for a new job last week and was offered employment this week. I start next Wednesday. With all this going on I just discovered I haven't had a June period so I took a test a wow its +. I go to the OB on July 16 and... Read More


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    Quote from hiddencatRN
    IME, people in the real world are much more supportive of pregnant ladies than people on the internet are. Online people tell you not to avoid patients and situations that are risky to you and the baby because "it's not fair" and "no one forced you to get pregnant." In the real world, people freak out if you try to lift anything on your own and trade patients to keep you from having to go in a room with an infectious disease that's high risk for pregnant women or that psych patient who likes to kick nurses in the belly.
    I agree 100% with this. And OP, I too started my first job as a new grad pregnant (I didn't know it until a few weeks after I started). Management and co-workers were very supportive. I worked until 38 1/2 weeks when, while getting report for a 3-11 shift I had picked up, the reporting off nurse said I didn't look good. I told her I didn't feel good. They sent me to the hospital (I worked at a children's hospital at the time with no L&D dept - they couldn't wait to get rid of me - lol). 8 hours later, about the time I would have reported off, I had a healthy 6 pound 7 ounce son.

    Congratulations
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    Quote from newnurse1986
    So what y'all are saying is even though I don't qualify for FMLA because it'll be before 12 months I will still get 4-6 weeks leave?
    If you do not have a maternity benefit (worst case scenario), then it falls under your short term disability benefit..your employer either provided this to you at no cost OR you had to elect to pay for it and you get however many days your doctor writes you out. 6 weeks is typical for a vaginal delivery and 8 weeks is typical for a c-section.

    If you do not have a benefit and they do not provide you with short term disability automatically as part of your employment benefit package and you did not elect for it....then all you have is PTO and their good graces of how long they will allow you to stay home WITHOUT pay...they are not required under federal guidelines to provide you with FMLA protection (unless they want to voluntarily) because you would not have been working there for one year.
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    Quote from Novo
    Don't forget to talk to the GCSU department or they'll take your baby away.
    What in the world are you talking about?

    OP- NO ONE is going to take your baby away!!!
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    Quote from newnurse1986
    So what y'all are saying is even though I don't qualify for FMLA because it'll be before 12 months I will still get 4-6 weeks leave?
    You need to check with your facility's policy. No one here can tell you definitively what your employer offers.
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    Quote from Jory
    I agree...if you work on one of those floors.

    If you don't, then I believe that nurses need to look out for each other.
    I agree with this to a point, but it often seems that the nurses who don't have kids never get the same accommodations that the nurses who decide to get pregnant do. If you've worked for 30+ years it can get really old to always have to take certain patients because someone is 1) thinking about getting pregnant; 2) trying to get pregnant; 3) is pregnant; 4) is no longer pregnant but is breastfeeding; and, 5) is thinking about getting pregnant again. Wash, rinse, repeat.
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    I'm a new grad nurse and 16 weeks pregnant. I am not showing much and I will tell my supervisor once I start showing is that OK? I start Monday and I'm 16 weeks. Any suggestion... thank you.
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    Quote from Assess&Safety1st
    I'm a new grad nurse and 16 weeks pregnant. I am not showing much and I will tell my supervisor once I start showing is that OK? I start Monday and I'm 16 weeks. Any suggestion... thank you.
    You're in my same boat. We don't qualify for FMLA
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    Hi did you tell them your pregnant yet? Its my 3rd day and I have not. I'm not showing much.
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    The only time I told my manager right away was when I worked in Radiology. That enabled me to get a fetal badge and it was mandatory to speak with the physicist about the risks of working in radiation while pregnant. My boss would pull us off the angio rotation except for when we were on call.
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    Quote from Assess&Safety1st
    Hi did you tell them your pregnant yet? Its my 3rd day and I have not. I'm not showing much.
    No I have not told yet. I just had a ultrasound to confirm last week. I'm 8.5 weeks


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