Im not sure how honest I should be. I should have my phlebotomy certification by May and hope to start looking for work at that time.
My last job was more than 9 years ago, and at that time, I didnt have my current situation, so Im not quite sure what I should do.
I have four children, and three of them have a chronic disease that needs treatment at a hospital a distance from my home, an infusion taken every 3-4 weeks. Its a 140 mile roundtrip, and a 6-8 hour infusion on a good day (times 3 kids). I will have to ask for that day off every month....I have to make these appointments several months in advance in order to get all 3 kids into infusion on the same day. It isnt something I can "just change".
Im the only one to take them, and they HAVE to go every month. Its also a possibility that one of them could become quite ill and need to be hospitalized at any given time.
I want to be honest with a future employer....it doesnt quite seem fair if I take a job, and then go, "....and then I need this day off, and this day off.....".
On the other hand, I don't want to kill any chances of a good job I would be good at bc of my kids disease. Their condition wont change.....so its something Ive got to somehow work with for the forseeable future. I can't help it. I can't change the situation. And I really, REALLY need to find a job.
what would you do?
Apr 25, '12
by NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN
Discussing that you have previous appoints for your childrens health needs will send the red flags waving as "not a good fit" for the organization. You should only do that AFTER you have received a written job offer to avoid discrimination. You need to place a counter offer to what days/shifts you WOULD be willing to pickup in exchange for this accomodation.
Most health systems Vacation/CTO accrual starts at 6 months employment,.
Please consider looking at 3-12 hr shifts/week versus 5-8hr shifts as this may be easier to schedule around.
Best wishes on landing a position in this tight economy.
Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Apr 26, '12