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 Moderator
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