Would certain experience disqualify me from future employment opportunities?

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    I am a new grad (less than one year of experience) applying for a per diem position at a clinic that mainly provides abortion services. I personally do not have an issue with working at such a clinic, however, I'm worried that future employers with religious affiliations would look negatively at this experience and disqualify me from the application process. Am I being paranoid or would employers disqualify me for having experience at a facility that is not in line with their mission, vision, and values? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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    Yeah, they might. So what? Do what you want to do now, and the future will take care of itself.
    loriangel14 likes this.
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    I would think that yes, some religious facilities would have a problem with that. On the other hand, do you want to work for a place that would not provide medical care that you believe is important and necessary? I think you're awesome for providing abortion services--there are so many doctors and nurses who refuse to take care of women who need that type of care. I hope that you do it, and that it doesn't ever reflect badly on you later on.
    klone, loriangel14, and Luckyyou like this.
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    And at other places, it would move you to the top of the stack. Some of us respect reproductive rights and people who value them, provide them, and fight to protect them.
    Last edit by TheCommuter on Oct 20, '12 : Reason: removed apostrophie
    llg, fromtheseaRN, klone, and 5 others like this.
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    Quote from BlueDevil,DNP
    And at other places, it would move you to the top of the stack. Some of us respect reproductive right's and people who value them, provide them, and fight to protect them.
    Very well said!!!
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    There are SO many hospitals that are religious, and I'd think you would go straight to the bottom of the stack of applicants. Just being honest.
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    I graduated last December and started working per diem in abortion services. My pre-op, conscious sedation, and post op experience there got me a job in a hospital last month. However, in all honesty it depends on what nurse manager is looking at your resume. I spoke with one from a non-religious hospital who said she frowned upon it, and then I spoke with a L&D manager from a catholic hospital who said if she had an opening she would hire me in a heart beat.
    I think especially in this market, experience is experience. Having pre-op and post-op skills is a huge plus, and if you want to get into an ED, having conscious sedation experience will give you a leg up.
    Last edit by fromtheseaRN on Oct 23, '12 : Reason: grammar
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    In all honesty it shouldn't but people are strange creatures. I'd list it on the resume and highlight the skills you used and not necessarily the type of work. Work--ABC clinic, skills used--pre op meds, post op observation, monitoring vitals during procedure, etc.


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