Im a new hire and im pregnant

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    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 I'm calculating I'm 5 weeks now and will be 8 weeks at my OB appointment..when and how should I tell my new boss...I'm worried ill get "let go". Any wise words or suggestions? You have to be at a job 12 months before you can get FMLA and I'm due in February... What about short term disability? I dont know what to do :-/ my friend who works in a different dept at this same hospital started when she was 15 weeks pregnant and got FMLA even though she wasn't there 12 months( she was there 5 months)...her department was fine with everything and she had no trouble! Hope ill be able to say the same..
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    I wouldn't tell them right away. I would wait until at least 12 weeks(which is normal for a lot of people anyway to make sure there isn't a loss). I wasn't a new employee with my 4th child, but I waited about 4 months to tell. They can't let you go because you are pregnant, but there's generally a probational period in the beginning and you can be let go during that time so I'd hold off until that has passed if you can.
    Ginger's Mom and hiddencatRN like this.
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    Her department may have chosen to give her the time, but she did not have protection under the federal guidelines set out in FMLA. Try to save your PTO for your pregnancy; you never know what may come up while you're pregnant. You'll have to check with HR about whether or not a STD benefit is offered and if it is if there are any restrictions.
    Ginger's Mom and Esme12 like this.
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    I got a medical leave, not FMLA because I didn't qualify for it. I didn't have much PTO accumulated so am living on savings during my leave. I agree to wait until at least 12 weeks to tell your boss. Timing isn't ideal bit it happens and you just make a point of working hard, being dependable, and getting along well with your coworkers.
    Esme12 likes this.
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    Accidents happen and all, but I see so many of these posts. Did it ever occur to many a new grad that starting as a new grad RN is not the opportune time to put oneself in this position? Since when is pregnancy a disability?
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    Quote from VANurse2010
    Accidents happen and all, but I see so many of these posts. Did it ever occur to many a new grad that starting as a new grad RN is not the opportune time to put oneself in this position? Since when is pregnancy a disability?
    Excuse you!
    MJB2010, ScrappytheCocoRN, myelin, and 8 others like this.
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    I have actually heard of women being able to use short term disability for pregnancy leave...but I'm not sure if there are certain requirements or if that may be related if there are complications relating to bedrest, etc.

    Also, Congrats on the baby. While yes, timing is not ideal, it's reality and it will be fine.
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    Quote from VANurse2010
    Accidents happen and all, but I see so many of these posts. Did it ever occur to many a new grad that starting as a new grad RN is not the opportune time to put oneself in this position? Since when is pregnancy a disability?

    Most people wouldn't refer to their unborn child as an "accident". Who said pregnancy was a disability? I would think pushing a tiny human out of a vagina would qualify someone for a few weeks recovery at least--

    Your comment was rude.

    OP-Congrats on your pregnancy! you'll have to check with your HR department in regards to when short term disability is able to be taken.
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    Check with your HR department about STD...we aren't allowed to use ours for pregnancy, each policy is different. Your friend didn't get FMLA, she was most likely granted time off, employers give 6 weeks for a vag delivery and 8 for a c/s. For FMLA you have to be employed for one year and 1250 hours worked.

    Babes happen. But you may have to let the cat outta the bag early if you end up sick or assigned to certain patients.
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    Spare me the righteous indignation.

    Quote from Glycerine82
    Most people wouldn't refer to their unborn child as an "accident". Who said pregnancy was a disability? I would think pushing a tiny human out of a vagina would qualify someone for a few weeks recovery at least--

    Your comment was rude.

    OP-Congrats on your pregnancy! you'll have to check with your HR department in regards to when short term disability is able to be taken.
    sallyrnrrt likes this.


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