Does your employer know you are studying to be a nurse?

  1. Does your employer know? I just started a new job today so I have not discussed this with my current employer. My last employer though, I had been with for almost 3 years and they knew, I told them after I started school.

    I work in Human Resources/Personnel so there is not much of a relationship. I will share the information as it needs to be i.e. naturally. Like if I'm studying on my lunch break and someone asks me, I would share that. But I won't go hey, by the way I'm a nursing student.

    When the next semester starts in July I will probably mention that I am in school in the evenings/weekends but it really depends. I don't think I will be working much overtime, my boss was the first one out the door today. LOL!

    Just curious if your employers knew/know?
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  3. by   lunakat
    Quote from cherokeesummer
    Does your employer know? I just started a new job today so I have not discussed this with my current employer. My last employer though, I had been with for almost 3 years and they knew, I told them after I started school.

    I work in Human Resources/Personnel so there is not much of a relationship. I will share the information as it needs to be i.e. naturally. Like if I'm studying on my lunch break and someone asks me, I would share that. But I won't go hey, by the way I'm a nursing student.

    When the next semester starts in July I will probably mention that I am in school in the evenings/weekends but it really depends. I don't think I will be working much overtime, my boss was the first one out the door today. LOL!

    Just curious if your employers knew/know?
    My employers know. My boss even wrote a letter of recommendation to get help me get into the program. They have arranged my schedule so that I may attend school (I work 2-11pm). If working full time becomes too much for me I will be allowed to work part time! My boss and coworkers are very supportive, they allow me to do my homework while I am on the clock (I am a telephone operator at a casino). Sometimes I love my job!
  4. by   GPatty
    I hope so since I already am a LPN in a LTCF.....
    Yes, they know and are very supportive. I couldn't work for a better group of people! :chuckle
  5. by   CaliNurs06
    Im lucky that I work at a doctors office. They really work with my schedule. If I need the weekend off to study, its granted. If I need to work that extra day to earn more money, its granted. As a matter of fact, everyone knows that im a nursing student and the doctors, receptionist and managers are pushing for me to work as a student nurse (per diem) and if I need more hours, just show up to the clinic.
  6. by   agent
    I currently work in technology.

    I think they have an inkling but I havent been broadcasting.

    I'm hoping to get a promotion before I leave here.
  7. by   AmyLiz
    Yep, they know. I work in a dialysis center as a technician & it seems like a lot of techs there are going to school for nursing.
  8. by   SBUalum03
    My boss knows and even wrote my letter of recommendation for the BSN program. I've been here for 2 years and after finishing my first Bachelors degree my boss thought I would quit and get a better job. I told her I love working here and she offered me a full-time position. Now I realize that it's not the job I love but that my boss is great. So if I get into the program, I'll cut back on my hours. My boss doesn't mind, just as long as I don't leave.
  9. by   mauser
    Nope. (Don't really have an employer, just a hospital client) As a self-employed medical transcriptionist - I don't want them to start looking for someone to take my place until I am ready.

    At this point in time, the last thing I need is to start looking for another client!
    Last edit by mauser on Jun 18, '04
  10. by   twarlik
    Yep, they sure do. Like several others in this thread, my boss even wrote me a letter of recommendation for the nursing program. They have been very supportive and accomodating to my schedule.
    Last edit by twarlik on Jun 17, '04
  11. by   tjello
    Nope. I am a programmer... but I am only taking my pre-reqs at night right now. I hope to be able to quit next May if I get into school and just concentrate on nursing school. I have a feeling my employers wouldn't like it too much. A girl I work with knows, tho... as she goes to school at night also to become a teacher. :chuckle I think everyone wants out of the IT field..... *sigh* :uhoh21:
  12. by   Annabelle57
    When I interviewed for my current position (admin asst for county government), I told them I was in school for nursing... but that it would be quite a while before I was done since I was doing it at night, part-time, etc. I actually told them it was one of my criteria for choosing that position, as they reimburse 100% for classes! The last three people who were in this position left for the reasons I wanted the job: it requires little to no brainpower, and there's lots of "downtime" (they got bored, I study!). Plus, none of them lasted over a year, and the prospect of having someone for 2 years was probably just smashing for them.

    Anyway, I just didn't want to be secretive about it or lead anyone on, and they seemed to be happy to have me - I got the job, and the 8-months worth of backed-up filing (think Vesuvius, Everest) disappeared, which they loved. It's a wonderful, wonderful place to work.
  13. by   JenNJFLCA
    My employer has been very supportive. I have been up front and honest about it. My boss has been great. She allows me to rearrange my schedule and work crazy hours. If I didn't have this flexibility, I would have gone off to work in a hospital as a nurse tech by now. I have 2 years left in my program, and will probably be here at least another year.
  14. by   Rhoresmith
    Just got a new job and my area manager said that she would find a way to work around my school, many of my classmates are working at the hospital that we have clinicals in and they are great to them. With the nursing shortage being in the news so much I think most people are supportive because they know they might need a nurse someday

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