Pregnancy Discrimination - Interview - page 9
I have read more than a few threads on here and quite frankly I am a little appauled at the attitudes. No wonder women ask if they should hide the pregnancy! They're discriminated by female nursing... Read More
Sep 12, '12Wow what state are you in...you are very fortunate to work with what seems to be a great group of people...
Sep 14, '12BlueDevil,DNP: I'm surprised you admitted such a detailed hiring experience that you state was so recent. You may want to reconsider what you post on a public forum. Such detail of something so illegal, whether you are in an at-will state or not, could lead you to legal problems down the road. Despite probationary periods, the employee's nondisclosure of a pregnancy, or at-will status, you would probably be surprised to know that employees have been known to seek compensation for wrongful termination and that they usually do get something when pursuing the right avenues. Also, attorney's, as well as prospective employers, do search for posts to blogs, social media sites, and forums like this.
Dec 7, '12I am in this situation right now. I am currently working full time nights on a med surg floor and newly pregnant. Now, I tried for years to have children prior to my nursing career and spent a fortune on infertility treatments. So for me, it is a miracle. Full time nights is a daycare nightmare for me since our families are all abut a 6 hour flight from here and we both work full time. A position has opened up on a detox unit that offers 8 hour day shifts, and there is no lifting. I loved my clinical rotation on this type of unit and I really want this position, but I am not sure what to do about seeking a transfer while pregnant. Ultimately I think I have decided to go interview, and if offered the job I will tell them before accepting to see if they want to wait until after the baby comes to train or hire me. It my husband wants me to keep it to myself as long as possible. I think working on this type of floor will ultimately be a much better long term fit for me.
Dec 26, '12To compound matters, I am a new grad in California been looking for that first job for a year now. I had 3 fantastic interviews in 3 different states. 2 were phone interviews and they couldn't wait to get me out to their state to show me around. I disclosed that I was pregnant and not looking to take more than 2-3 weeks off to recover. I had day care covered so they wouldn't have to worry about me calling out frequently. Once I disclosed this information over the phone, excuses were found to not hire me. So for the 3rd interview I did not disclose my pregnancy and flew out to N. Carolina to interview. It was one of the best interviews I had done; I felt I was a perfect fit and exactly what they were looking for. The nurses on the floor loved me and the manager seemed to really be interested in me. I was rejected a few weeks later.
I work as a Nurse Assistant for now and spoke with my manger about my experience and she gave me her honest opinion. She would not hire me either if I had applied to a new grad position, and this is after working for her for 5 years now. Her reason was, that even though I say I won't take a lot of time off and that day care is covered it is hard to predict the future. What if, god forbid, something were to happen to me or the baby during delivery and I had to take more time off then expected. She wouldn't want to be left with no nurse and a position empty. She said, frankly, I was too much of a liability.
Now that I am 9 months pregnant and sturggling to keep up with my Nursing Assistant position I am greatful that I don't have the stress of trying to impress anyone during a New Grad program. My co-workers are great and understanding. They stopped asking me to do the heavy lifting months ago and encourage me to sit as much as possible. I am an "older mom" (36 years old) and have been feeling the pregnancy now that I'm getting closer to the end. In a new position I wouldn't expect such treatment and would be pushing myself to prove myself in order to make sure the NM didn't regreat hiring me.
Yes my skills are now rusty and I have been out of school for over a year, but as I read these threads I see I'm not the only one struggling to find a job, pregnant or not.
It is sad that no matter what there is still this discrimination against pregnant women trying to get a nursing position, but at the same time I can understand the NM position. If only I could find a per diem position I think that would be a really good fit.
Dec 30, '14I have not read all the replies, so please accept my apologies if someone has brought it up, but how about discrimination if you are heavy? We sadly live in society where a size 2 and lifting 300 pound bells is expected (OK OK, I am being dramatic here), but this also concerns me. I am not in the best of shape and I worry it will hinder getting a job as a nurse.