bigst79 680 Views
Joined Mar 13, '13.
Posts: 4 (50% Liked)
Thanks. I have no limitations and will take your advice and call my doctor tomorrow so that I will have written documentation in hand when going for my physical. I went through 4 clinical semesters including a preceptorship with no back issues, and that was before my disc was corrected.
I am a new graduate male RN with a cervical disc herniation that I just had repaired by Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion. I went out of network to have it performed by one of the best in the business and I feel great. I'm already back in the gym. My starting date will be 2 days shy of it being 3 months since I had the surgery. I wanted to have it repaired before I started working to make sure I didn't re-injure it. Which brings me to my question...
Now that I received the pre-employment physical exam documents to fill out, I'm wondering if maybe they'll disqualify me from employment for having a steel plate in my neck even though it's considered to be repaired? Is this possible? Do they contact my family physician and request medical records? Will having my disc herniation REPAIRED disqualify me from employment? How should I answer the physical exam questionnaire? I didn't come this far to find out I'll never make it as a nurse.
A suit. I am a 33 year old new grad male nurse who just got hired. I wore a suit. You can get one from Macy's or Kohls, or even Marshalls for cheap. Maybe $100-200. And yes, that's cheap for a suit. If you have khaki's and a button down shirt I suppose that's fine, but make sure you wear a tie. If you have time, I would go out and get that suit though. It's a small price to pay to leave a lasting impression.
I haven't been in your exact position, but I definitely would NOT put it on my resume. I have answered "yes" to the "have you ever been terminated from employment" question. I was let go because I was going to nursing school, but I still left in good standing because I understood why he had to let me go. Here are the two options I would consider if I were you:
If you were let go because firing you was something procedural they HAD to do because you didn't pass the skill, then I would just wait until your next potential employer brought it up, or you have to explain it on your application, and just reinforce how you learned from your mistake and how it helped you to grow. Unless your boss at the job you just got fired from is a complete d!ck, if someone calls him/her as a reference they should still back you up and try to make you look good for your next job despite you being let go. It's the "decent" thing to do.
OPTION B "bad terms"
If you were let go, and things got ugly and you left on bad terms, it was only 6 weeks of work history that you have to try to cover for. A hard lesson I've learned is that being completely honest (while it feels good) is not always the best way to go when finding a job or keeping one. Background checks will most likely NOT bring up previous employers. It's mostly to identify any criminal activity. I highly doubt they will know that you worked at that last job of yours unless by chance someone happened to identify you. But hopefully by then you'll already have the job and it will be harder to get rid of you at that point. That being said, if at the interview they asked what you were doing for the last 6 weeks, make something up that they can't verify. Especially if you think the person who just fired you is going to bad mouth you if they're contacted. What good will that get you...definitely not a job. Sometimes you have to think of yourself, especially when it comes to finances.
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