Need advice: graduating in May and newly pregnant - what to do? - page 2

I'm graduating from my ADN progam in May, and I'm 7 weeks pregnant right now. This is my first pregnancy and was quite the surprise, but we are happy (despite the somewhat bad timing!) I was... Read More

  1. by   niccikatie
    I was in your exact position (well, I guess not exact, my due date was Sept 26th, LOL!) but my advice may not be all that helpful. I didn't work until dd was almost two (I graduated in May 04). We were moving out of state so I did not interview for any jobs prior to graduation. HOwever, I would have been honest about the fact that I was pregnant AFTER a job offer and would have not said anything about my plans for after the baby.

    ETA: ONe piece of advice I got from numerous pople was to take the NCLEX when I normally would have taken it if I were not pregnant and to take it before the baby was born. This was excellent advice! I took my boards in August 04 and passed on my first try Good Luck!
    Last edit by niccikatie on Feb 25, '07
  2. by   kgrands
    Hi everyone,

    New question: What do you do if you're pregnancy is showing (like 5-6mths) when you're supposed to be going on interviews? I graduate in August. What are the chances that I'll be able to ge a position while having a visible pregnancy?

    Thanks for the advice.
    -katie
  3. by   RN and Mommy
    Quote from charebec65
    Who said that MRSA is a teratogen?
    I am also pregnant and my doctor said that MRSA patients are fine, just maintain your isolation requirements.
  4. by   TXNurseBSN
    Being a new grad is very stressful. Being pregnant (especially for the first time) is pretty stressful. My advice......take your NCLEX right away while the info is fresh. Worry about work after the baby is born if money is not a huge issue.

    Last year, I graduated in May, started work in July, by August was pregnant. Too much stress, no breaks, 12-14 hour days. I started bleeding, so I left and got a job as a school nurse. If I didn't need the money so bad, I would have waited until after the baby (which will be here in 21 days).
  5. by   rockermom
    Hi guys, I realize that this is an older thread, but maybe someone can help me! I graduate in May, and am due in September. Double yay!! I plan to take the NCLEX asap and not work until a few after I deliver, say November. Although I will begin working well after graduation, I assume that I will still be considered a new grad (right?) - so, will I be able to receive the standard orientation that everyone else does? I just don't want to miss out on anything! I am so excited about everything I could wet my pants!! I have faith that it will all work out, but the planner in me needs to know what to expect! Thanks!
  6. by   love-d-OR
    You are considered a new grad for the first job after graduation (newly licensed). So, if you are saying you will not work util after the birth of your child, then you will be considered a new grad, even if you graduated months before your first job. Congratulation on both graduating and the pregnancy, you must be overwhelmed with all the beautiful things going on in your life right now!!! Enjoy...
  7. by   changeofpaceRN
    Wow this sounds like me but a year and a few months off! First off, congrats on the news- kids are awesome IMO! 2nd.. I'll suggest you take it one step at a time. Studying for the NCLEX, taking it, then interviewing gets pretty stressful even when you aren't pregnant!
    I graduated in Dec. I planned on taking the boards in Jan but between baby kicks, sickness and not sleeping well, I pushed it off until the end of Feb. He was due in April. My husband and I decided that it wouldn't be good for me to be on my feet and new at 8 months pg. I ended up having a rather difficult pregnancy and wouldn't haven been able to work anyway (that was just my situation, I know plenty who worked up until the day they delivered) After the baby was born, I waited 4 weeks before I started applying. I secured a job within a week and started working when the baby was 6 weeks old.

    I know you got plenty of great ideas in other posts.. I wanted to tell you my story and what I ended up doing as this recently happened to me! Good luck and make sure to tell your teachers so they keep you away from certain patients while in clinicals!

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