I've seen some other posts on this, but my situation is a little different from all of them, so I'm looking for some advice from well-versed nurses.
I am a new grad that has just passed boards (hooray!) and am looking for jobs. I have a tenative job offer from a floor that I did some work on during my practicum before I graduated. The issue is, I recently found out I was pregnant (not planned, a total surprise), and I'm around 9-10 weeks. I am not over the 1st trimester hump and the "safest" time, but I am concerned about whether or not to disclose the information to my potential employer. I have spoken with her on several occasions and she is friends with my dad, who also works at the hospital.
My dad is convinced I need to use the phrase "honesty is the best policy" while interviewing with her, but it is a GREAT job (DAYS!) and I really don't want to jeopardize a possible position. I have read in several places not to tell before being hired because that may place the hiring manager in an awkward position...and possibly even more so in mine because she knows my family. However, if I was interviewing on a floor with a manager I didn't know, I would NOT disclose the information and would probably tell them of the discovery a few weeks-month later.
I could a)tell her when I go in to talk with her and tell her that I am very interested in continuing to work after a short leave, b) wait a few weeks after being hired to tell her? I have no idea what to do. Any advice would be welcome!
I say be up front and honest about it. They are going to find out about the pregnancy eventually and it won't be too hard for them to figure out you were pregnant prior. Yes they may not hire you because of your pregnancy, but this is something employers deal with all the time. If they think you are good candidate and a good fit for the unit then I can't imagine them holding that against you.
Before others start throwing FLMA around, another reason to be upfront about it is that you will not be eligible for FLMA when the time comes for you to go out of work.
Last edit by ckh23 on Feb 6, '12