3 years ICU/CCU experience. CCRN.
I started work at teaching/research hospital in the CCU one month ago. I am
super happy here, loving the job. I have been interested in the Air Force
and joining as a reservist at some point in the future. I haven't even
talked to a recruiter only looked up about it on the internet. Well
I emailed my new manager and asked her what she thought about
my joining the reserves in the future and that I had not joined and that
I just wanted to "test the waters" with her and see what she thought.
Her response was very negative. I was surprised that a teaching facililty
would not recognize the clear advantage of having military nurses among
She said that I should have told her about this when I interviewed
and that if I wasn't committed to (hospital) I needed to come see her
immediately. She inferred that I was not committed to my new position
simply because I had expressed interest in the reserves!
Also she said the vacation leave was already granted for 2011 and
that I didn't have enough PTO anyway.
I emailed her back saying that all I had done was to research
the idea, hadn't even TALKED to a recruiter and that I would
revisit the idea in 2012, next year given her response.
I am worried she might now let me go as I am in the first 90
days of my employment, the probationary period because I
have expressed interest in the reserves. It's really
ashame that she would react so negatively when all I did
was ask what she thought to get her feed back about the
subject?. I was very nice about it.
As much as I like this job, I find the lack of support for the
military making me rethink my position there. It's a shame
more hospitals don't support the members of the military.
Military nurses are tough and having one on your civilian
unit is a total privilege.
Any one have any similar experience? Thoughts on this?