I just stared working at the VA and I'm hoping to make it my long-term career. I am learning about HR policies in orientation and they talked about how RN's have a 2-year probation. I was just curious if anyone has gotten pregnant during that 2 year can they fire you? I don't PLAN on getting pregnant, but I'm the type of person that likes to know what ifs. So if anyone has any insight that would be great, or if it has happened to them. I want to make the best impression and I value my job so much, but I know under the probationary period they can fire you for any reason they want, even pregnancy (although they don't have to say that's why). Reminds me how important reproductive rights really can be when you are the one that bears the children. Thanks in advance!
I have not worked for the VA but I have had personal experience of where I felt that I was terminated because of "pregnancy conditions". I was pregnant with my 6 child, I had just graduated nursing school and just got a job in a snf with a bunch of other new grads. There was another girl there who was pregnant about as far along as I was (I was about 7 and a half months). I am sure the conditions are not the same at the VA as they were at the SNF because most SNF's are understaffed and this was no exception. Anyway, I had started to dilate a little bit and was aware of that fact. One day the other preggers nurse and I were comapring notes and we didnt think anything of it. The next day I was working alone on of all places a locked unit with dementia/ Alzhemiers residents and something had occurred (nothing physically) but I had gotten set up by the nursing supervisor. The next day, I got called in by the DON who forced me to resign under false conditions. I had always felt it was because I was pregnant and because I was overheard talking about the pregnancy and basically because of liability issues. Take home here, talk about the sex of the baby if you know it, how excited you are about the pregnancy, names if you got one picked and that's about it. Don't give management a reason to become a pain in your butt, but if they're decent to begin with, they shouldn't be bothering you and if you're a decent employee and nurse you shouldn't really care that they're around.
Last edit by ArRNmy on Jan 28, '09
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Jul 23, '10
does anyone know if you can transfer to another VA before your 2 year probation ends? mine ends in oct 2011 and am curious if it is possible to work for a VA closer to where I would like to go to school starting fall2011, in the SoCal area. thanks.
Last edit by candleguy1142 on Jul 23, '10