I am RN for the last five years. Recently i went back to my jewish roots, and started observing Shabbat meaning I cannot work fridays evening and until saturday evening. I was working two part times positions and was able to manage it with a lot of stress to switch all those days. Now I got married to an observant jew. I started looking for a full time position and I realized that I am not getting any jobs because of my religion.
What can I do? If someone was ever in the same situation plese share how you managed. Thanks a lot.
Feb 13, '14
by Meriwhen, ASN, BSN, RN Senior Moderator
OP: the reality is not that you're not getting hired because of your religion, it's because you're no longer willing to work certain hours...hours which hospitals happen to have a pressing need for people to work during.
I'm all for practicing your religion. But as I've said in another thread, I've never heard of hospitals in Israel shutting down entirely come sundown Friday and reopening after Shabbat ends. Nor does my local Catholic hospital shut up shop on Sundays. Clearly someone is manning the fort there on those days, and I'll bet they're not all atheists.
I would talk to your Rabbi for guidance as to what you should do. Also see if there's a coworker that would be willing to split the weekends with you (you work Sunday while they pull Saturday). Or you may have to consider jobs away from the bedside and/or going per-diem.
Last edit by Meriwhen on Feb 13, '14