New grad RN vacation time negotiation
- 1Sep 29, '12 by misha22Hi all, thanks for taking some time to read this and help me out. I graduated this past May with my BSN. I got my RN, and worked for a couple of months at a camp over the summer as an RN, and am now back in job search mode. I am looking to take a vacation abroad for a week or two in January....I don't know if in this job market (I'm in MA) that I would be considered for hire if I requested time off so soon. Is it likely when you're negotiating a salary that a week or two of unpaid time off would be acceptable? I'm hoping to book a flight soon, but I don't know if I would even be able to get a job if they knew I needed that time off. Any good way of working with this or should I just cancel the trip? Is this even a huge problem?
- 0Sep 29, '12 by meanmaryjean, MSN, RNIn today's job market - you are going to come off as VERY demanding in my opinion. Your request could be seen as a deal-breaker. If you're truly new to the hospital environment, you're still looking at a new grad-type of orientation. You could still be in orientation at the time frame you're looking at.
Good luck in the job search - and that trip will still be there in the future.
- 1Sep 29, '12 by MrChicagoRNWait till you get an offer, then ask, stating you've had this planned for several months.
However, if it interferes with orientation or with a nurse residency program, you may need to cancel or amend your plans.
Employers recognize that people have lives outside of work, but 2 weeks for a new employee would be pushing it. Also, other employees may already be approved for those dates.
If you buy the ticket now, make sure it's refundable.
- 1Oct 1, '12 by misha22Okay. I guess I'll have to cancel the trip since I want to look for a serious position right now.... Thanks for the advice. I just don't want to regret not getting something I would really want because of the trip....I've just always wanted to go to Thailand and a friend of mine is going so I'm pretty upset about it. I wish someone would just give me an offer so I could know for sure what the right decision would be!
- 0Oct 1, '12 by caroladybelleFirst, jobs are very hard to come by, especially in MA. I am working now with at least 4 recent (within last 2 yrs) grads from MA and 3 from NY, here in MD because of lack of jobs in MA.
Second, if you get a new grad position, there is often a residency and/or orientation involved. You could find your vacation landing at a crucial point in it, and leaving for a nonemergent reason will be an issue.
Third, as a general rule, new grads do not usually get per diem positions ( as they really need good, scheduled orientation) and if they do the first few months will be scheduled to allow for a balanced orientation.
And as a general rule, there are no real salary negotiations involved for inexperienced nurses. Most facilities work with a set pay scale, though extensive experience/professional activities may allow it.
- 0Oct 2, '12 by Spidey's mom, ADN, BSN, RN GuideQuote from misha22This question comes at an interesting time. My new daughter-in-law is looking for a job and found one where they really want her. She told them in the interview that she has a two week trip to Thailand planned for a belated honeymoon (they were married last month). They were fine with that. So, she starts the new job next week and then takes two weeks off shortly thereafter.Okay. I guess I'll have to cancel the trip since I want to look for a serious position right now.... Thanks for the advice. I just don't want to regret not getting something I would really want because of the trip....I've just always wanted to go to Thailand and a friend of mine is going so I'm pretty upset about it. I wish someone would just give me an offer so I could know for sure what the right decision would be!
I dunno - if it were me I'd do the trip if I could. It certainly couldn't hurt to ask that question during the interview.
edited to add - do you HAVE to find a job right away? January is just around the corner. I guess I'd really like for you to be able to go.