Hi everyone, I'm a fairly new member. I graduated nursing school in August and with moving to a new state and taking the naked and some computer glitch, my license didn't become active until early November last year. I started looking for work as soon I received notice that my license was active.
I got an interview with a pain management clinic and while I thought I was a shoe in for the job (the NM seemed to really like me) the NM called me a week later and said that position went to an MA... it was pretty frustrating but the NM ended up offering me a part time position as the triage nurse. I took it really thinking, this is probably the best I can do so I should at least try to get my foot in the door and hopefully make my resume look more appealing with an actual nurse job on it.
I was pretty far into my first trimester when I accepted the offer but I didn't say anything cause it was part time. Well, literally 3 days into training for this new job the NM called me into her office and said the MA training me says I seem to miss my son (I have a two year old who's in daycare full time. She asked if I had kids and then she wanted to see pics so I showed her. I had no clue that meant I missed my son so much that I can't get through the day). Anyway, I explained that of course I miss my child but he would go to daycare whether I came here to work or not. I didn't want him to get so used to being home that it becomes an issue with him at daycare when I find a decent job. That didn't stop her from bumping me down from part time to PRN.
I immediately started looking for work and still didn't mention my pregnancy. I was so unhappy there. I asked every day I worked when I'd be able to have the responsibility of an actual LPN. Everyone else thought I was new MA that came to replace one of the others so a few of the other MAs refused to even speak to me. Fast forward to last Monday. I get a call from the NM, she said she'd still like to keep me on PRN but they wouldn't be needing me again until MAYBE March!!
It really hurts that I'm having such a hard time finding work. I kept putting in resumes and I finally got an interview with this place that I've been trying to get into for a while (since I was a CNA) well now I'm 4 months along and obviously showing. It's a fast paced skilled facility, way closer to my home than this PRN position and the pay is higher. The schedule is also exactly the way it would work out best for my family.
I went to this interview anyway (yesterday) and as soon as she asked me about myself, I let the DON know I am pregnant. I mean, if she didn't see my belly when I walked into her office she was blind. But I explained to her that I'm still very active-- having a 2yo doesn't really give me time to just kick back... even on the days he's in daycare I still work out and keep busy. She went on to share with me that she almost delivered both her sons while she was a staff nurse on that same unit. It made me feel a little better that she didn't shoe me away right after I said that.
She took me on a tour of "one of the units I'll be assigned to if I'm hired" and we discussed "what I color scrubs I need to wear if I work there" . We also discussed salary, that's how I found out the pay is higher than what I currently make. She told me she prefers hiring new grads (another plus for me) and I told her that I will definitely work until I deliver, even if I went into labor on my shift- my hospital is super close to this place. She told me her only concern would be if I would be able to keep up, being that I'm pregnant and I may tire out quickly compared to a non pregnant applicant. I understand that concern but I feel that I would be more determined to work and be an efficient nurse not only because I'm a new grad and super anxious to use my hard earned skills but being pregnant with my 2nd child, we definitely need the extra income. I wouldn't do anything to jeopardize my livelihood. I told her all of this.
The interview lasted just over 30 min (maybe 40) and we discussed my skills and what I could bring to the facility as an individual. At the end she gave me her card, let me know there were other interviews and she would be calling me with an answer in the next 2 weeks. Then she corrected herself and said I'd hear from her in a couple of days and if two weeks went by and I had not heard from her, to please call or email her and she gave me her card. I came straight home and wrote a thank you note and put it in the mail....
I'm so nervous now. I feel that mentioning my pregnancy messed up my chance at this job I really want. .. but I'm showing and I didn't want to be dishonest and give her or the staff a bad impression of me. What do you all think? Do you think I have a chance at this place based on what I just told you? I'm just getting really discouraged and being a new grad, stopping the job search until after baby isn't going to look good on my resume. I don't have any real paid experience as it is...Thanks in advance!!!