Quote from acl2006
Do y'all know the amount of time it usually takes a new grad to get hired? I know everyone and everywhere is different, but what's an estimated norm in y'all's opinion?
This can vary depending on your location and how agressive you are being in your search.
If you want to start having a family now, go for it; but just know that everything gets a bit harder on that end before you are established somewhere. So it all depends. Of course this must be totally you and your spouse's decision. It can be done. I mean resident physicians get pregnant and make it work.
Play the video in your mind of different work scenarios, job searching, and pregnancy as well as post-pregnancy. Really work hard to visualize as many scenarios as possible and what you "gut value" is telling you. For me, I was married young and had a baby while I was in college PT, but I also worked a number of part-time positions. It was challenging at times, but parenting often is, regardless of age. If I hadn't had kids when I did have them, for me, the opportunity would of been lost b/c of problems in pregnancy as well as with a disorder that caused some trouble for me.
So, if you got pregnant now, would you stop looking for nursing positions?
But I will tell you that I am reasonably sure that I didn't get a research position b/c I was pregnant, and I was upfront about it. Of course that will never be noted anywhere--the reason why they didn't hire me. But to see the PI's point of view, it would have entailed some level of interruption and problems in his time-sensitive research. I mean it's illegal; but there are lot of folks that don't get hired for illegal reasons. How would you prove it? Even if there was a way that you could, that road would be hard, b/c they are careful, and the burden of proof is on you.
Just weigh everything out carefully. Do what you think is best for you and your spouse. You also have to ask yourself about what you will do with the baby while you are interviewing, if you had not gotten a position sooner. I mean it's a similar situation as when you work, but it can make the whole process tougher.
Around where I live, it can take new grads a good 60 to 100 applications/resumes before they find something. It may take you more or less, depending on the variables for where you live.
But really, are they going to hire predominantly men so that they don't have to worry about female nurses getting pregnant? Will they only begin to hire infertile nurses?
Just know that when you start showing or if you offer the information, illegal or not, you may not get the position. What if, God forbid, you do get pregnant and have problems with the pregnancy? You shouldn't; b/c you are of a young and strong age for having a child; but what if?
If you had to plan a surgery that could leave you recuperating for > 6 weeks, would you put it off?
Only you can make this determinations for your life.