Shabbat issues

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    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.

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    I've heard of situations where a Christian was willing to work all the Saturdays and a Jewish coworker worked all the Sundays. Apparently this was a satisfactory arrangement for all concerned.
    Or if possible find a M-F day position in an outpatient department.
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    Are there any Jewish health care providers in your area? They would probably be the most willing to accommodate a sabbath-observant RN.

    Could you work night shifts without working Fridays? An 11p-7a shift should cover the "3 stars in the sky" rule.
    sallyrnrrt and Meriwhen like this.
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    If you don't need benefits, or are ready to fund your own, consider per diem nursing. A lot of places will let you make your own schedule.
    sallyrnrrt, himilayaneyes, and nrsang97 like this.
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    I work with several Orthodox Jews. They work every Sunday in order to meet their weekend requirements (four per month) and are wonderful about working Christian/secular holidays so that they are able to take off on Jewish holidays.

    What has happened that makes you convinced it is your religion that is causing you not to be hired?
    KelRN215, Not_A_Hat_Person, chare, and 4 others like this.
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    Saturday-Sunday weekend (vs. Fri-Sat), 11-7? That way you'd be going in after sundown on Saturday. Also make it clear that you're willing to work Christmas and Easter, even if it's not your holiday or weekend?

    Otherwise yeah like PP's have suggested you might have to be willing to work per diem...actually if you can get bennies through your husband it's a great option! I've done that myself; you generally get paid more per hour in lieu of the bennies, and you can set your own schedule. Or else in settings where care is not 24/7--clinics, dialysis, case management, etc.

    Not.Done.Yet, I'm guessing it's not so much her religion itself that has gotten in the way of getting jobs, but the inability to work on Friday evening through Saturday evening. Same way Christians are expected to work on Sundays and Christian holidays (Reformed gal here--I've probably worked more Easters than not). Hard for a hospital to make such a big accommodation--it becomes more than a "reasonable accommodation." Sorry OP, I know you can speak for yourself--please correct me if I'm wrong.
    canoehead and himilayaneyes like this.
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    I have to agree with what the other posters have said. I don't believe it's being Jewish that's preventing you from being hired, but the inability to work Friday evenings and Saturdays. Christians are expected to be able to work on Sundays and Christian holidays since it would be burdensome to the hospital to try and accomodate everyone. I knew a Seven Day Adventist who was off every Saturday and worked every Sunday (he traded with a Christian colleague). They had an arrangement. I also have been working per-diem for the past 2 years and get to make my own it, but it does have its down sides.
    sallyrnrrt and wooh like this.
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    Since I don't hear you saying you have done so, I would consult with your rabbi. There are many, many, many references to the fact that physicians, as healers, may work on the Sabbath, because healing and lifesaving is so important. I would consider that in modern times that opinion would likely be extended to nurses.
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    (See 4.1.5)

    Please speak with your rabbi. Explain the situation and ask for guidance on 'divine work.' I worked in a Jewish hospital for a year and most observant and Orthodox Jews received permission from their temple/rabbi to work Shabbat. I also live with my Jewish boyfriend who is a special ed teacher and also works some Saturdays. And, search this board for past discussions about this.
    sharpeimom, llg, wooh, and 3 others like this.
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    Catholics are supposed to go to mass every Sunday (or Saturday evening) and on the Christian holidays. Several priests have told me, however, that as an ICU nurse I'm doing God's work when I go to work on Christmas, Easter and Sunday. I would anticipate that a Rabbi would tell the OP the very same thing. That being the case, not working Fridays and Saturdays becomes a personal choice rather than a religious requirement.

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