To address some questions I see popping up, I absolutely have every intention of returning to work after what I anticipate being a short maternity leave. Being a stay at home mother is not for me.
I also completely understand the risk of receiving certain precautions patients and I'm sure everyone's OB is different, but my OB has stated I am able to take any patient so long as I utilize appropriate PPE (obviously). However, I do see how this is a reason to mention my pregnancy sooner rather than later.
I have started orientation and was relieved to see several OBVIOUSLY pregnant nurses in orientation, which makes me feel very comfortable about telling my manager.
At this time, I have decided to tell her the next time I see her, and if I do not see her this week during orientation, I will ask to meet with her specifically. I am still in my first trimester, so I have a good 6.5 months of being able to work, and I anticipate my maternity leave not being longer than 6-8 weeks. I will not make specific claims to her about how long my maternity leave will be, because of course there could be complications, but without a doubt my intention is to work my pregnant little butt off leading up until I deliver and then I'll be returning my non-pregnant butt back to work as soon as reasonably possible.
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you need to tell the new job that offered you icu position. they probably arent looking to train someone who will then turn around and take at least 3 months off. Its pretty selfish on your part to even think that would be ok. to dump the extra responsibility on the unit of having to cover for 3 months that you are brand new to isnt ok either. Stay at your current job until you can make a real commitment to the new job.
they cant fire you for being pregnant but they also dont have to hire you either. its pretty shady to hide it to secure a position.
As I stated in my original post, I have already accepted the position. So moving on...
As I already noted, I have reviewed the maternity leave and have no concerns. While my new position is in a different hospital, it is under the same umbrella entity as the hospital I am coming from and therefore, per their policies, I am considered an employee of the same company. The same benefits will apply as this is considered a "transfer" position.