I graduated in November, discovered I was pregnant a week and a half ago, and took and passed my boards a week ago. I am thrilled to be pregnant, because with my health history I wasn't sure if I would be able to conceive. At the same time, the timing is far from great.
Now that I'm pregnant I feel unwilling to work night shifts or an extremely stressful job. That obviously limits my options. I'm looking in to clinic work, hospice, and hospital day shifts (which I probably won't get). I'm afraid to spend a year+ in hospice or clinic only to find that I am then stuck forever in those areas.
What do you guys think? Will I get pigeon-holed into non-hospital work if I start out that way? Should I tough out a high stress hospital job and risk complicating my pregnancy? Should I go back to school? Any other ideas?
Jan 21, '13
by ProfRN4, MSN
Congratulations on allow your recent accomplishments! You have a lot going on right now, and I know you want everything to turn out perfect as you begin your career and start your family.
Personally I think that you need to take things as they come. Depending on where you live and what type of degree you have, it may take you months to even find a job (being realistic, not pessimistic). Where I live, few nurses are getting actual hospital jobs. So, some of your concerns may be out of your control.
The other thing is this: for years and years and years, pregnant women have worked on the floors,even night shifts! Present company included. It's not fun,but honestly, no job is fun when your pregnant. I had just moved up to days when I found out I was pregnant, and it was worse than nights. I was on an incredibly busy ortho floor. I asked to go back to nights.
At this point, until you have an interview and/or an offer,I don't think you should worry about this.
Last edit by ProfRN4 on Jan 21, '13