I'm not yet in nursing school, though I've been accepted to a program that I'll start this summer. Nor am I pregnant. Yet. Nor will I be for years. I'm just trying to get a jump start on my family planning.
I was looking into new grad residency programs for after I graduate. That's my 1st choice for what to do after graduation. I like the "bridge" they provide between school and practice. I like the opportunity (some of them have) to rotate through a few units and find my spot. I'm willing to relocate wherever the residencies are.
Many of these residency programs contract the signee for time commitments of up to 3 years. I'm willing to do the time....but me and my DH want to start trying to conceive as much before I turn 38 as possible. By the time I graduate, I'll be 35. Let's figure to be to the safe side that I get my first "real" job by the time I'm 36. So those up-to-3-years of optimal conception time would also, if I signed on to a residency program, be my 3-years-of-contracted-commitment too.
Has anyone here gotten pregnant, or known anyone who got pregnant while contracted in a new grad residency program? Which ones? How did the hospital react? Do most places just allow you to take maternity leave if you're covered by FMLA, or does your residency contract make you sign away your right to FMLA? And, if you got FMLA, do you then have to extend your contract to make up for having taken maternity leave?
Or am I too stuck on new grad residency programs, and would I be better off looking for a regular job?
Thank you all in advance for sharing! Sincerely, Cinquefoil