Quote from elkpark
A lot of employers would have a serious problem with you not informing them of additional licensure. Lots of employers also have policies against allowing people to work below their level of licensure. Have you really gotten all the way through an NP program without mentioning to your current employer that you were in school? Why so secretive?
I haven't told my employer that I'm in a Master's program. I can't imagine that it's any of her business, unless I make it her business. I did submit paperwork for tuition reimbursement through HR -- though, I'm not even sure my Executive Director receives that information, as I work for a large healthcare system and I imagine that tuition reimbursement is handled by another department.
I work in management and I definitely don't want any of the assumptions about my work performance that people could make, once they know that I'm not making a career of this gig. As a salaried employee who is responsible for the performance of my departments, I keep my personal life well-away from my work life. It's all great when things are going well and everyone is happy-happy-joy-joy; but if something goes amiss (which eventually happens when you're dealing with 100's of patients and 30+ employees), they'll crucify you with any information they have about you. It's the joys of middle-management.
I am carefully considering discussing my educational needs with my executive director this spring, as I anticipate having to adjust my work schedule to accommodate clinicals. I fully expect that I will have to let this job go and find a bedside nursing gig; but it doesn't hurt to ask.