Do I take my dream job while pregnant during the pandemic?

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My dream job that I’ve been waiting for for a year at a brand spanking new hospital has finally opened up. It’s right by my house and the facility is gorgeous. I’m an RN and the job is days in ICU. I’m currently four and a half weeks pregnant with a five month old and older kids at home. I absolutely hate my current job and they are ignoring safety regulations required to take on covid patients so I may end up at risk for exposure to it anyway. Being a stay at home mom is not an option as I am the primary breadwinner of the family. This new job would likely pay me about $7 more an hour. Thoughts?

mimibrown

mimibrown, ADN, BSN

Specializes in Med-Surg. Has 8 years experience. 73 Posts

I’m pretty sure you will have plenty of covid patients in the ICU. It’s currently a pretty busy place at my hospital and many of the patients are positive. You will be exposed to those patients in the ICU. It seems most hospitals are low on ppe currently. You will face a risk everywhere you go.

caliotter3

38,333 Posts

Like Mimi said, you will face a risk everywhere you go. If you get the offer you should take it.

SteelGrey

SteelGrey

97 Posts

If Covid is your deciding factor then you shouldn't be working in general- it is everywhere the people are, which is everywhere.

However, sounds like staying home isn't an option, so I would take the job with good pay that you perceive as your dream job.

Hang tight mama! Best of luck regardless of what you choose. Stay safe!

CeejRN010617

CeejRN010617

Specializes in CCU. Has 14 years experience. 6 Posts

Yes, take it!

LC0929, ASN, RN, EMT-B

Specializes in Critical Care. Has 18 years experience. 112 Posts

NO....

The dream and the money that goes with it will be there in a year....rub your belly, put on a mask, stay home, preferably and thank God for that baby....stay well....♥️

ICURN1010

ICURN1010

Specializes in ICU. Has 5 years experience. 7 Posts

You might run into issues when it comes time for maternity leave if you've been at this hopsital for less than a year. As far as covid patients see what that hospital's policy is, some are much more active in protecting their staff than others. I'm also pregnant and having issues with my job pushing me to care for covid patients with improper PPE and I've had to go to HR, a lawyer, my union, and hospital administration and I'm still in the process of just getting moved to a noncovid floor that I'm qualified to work in. My director has been very nasty calling me selfish and telling me she will not accommodate me.

CeejRN010617

CeejRN010617

Specializes in CCU. Has 14 years experience. 6 Posts

20 minutes ago, ICURN1010 said:

You might run into issues when it comes time for maternity leave if you've been at this hopsital for less than a year. As far as covid patients see what that hospital's policy is, some are much more active in protecting their staff than others. I'm also pregnant and having issues with my job pushing me to care for covid patients with improper PPE and I've had to go to HR, a lawyer, my union, and hospital administration and I'm still in the process of just getting moved to a noncovid floor that I'm qualified to work in. My director has been very nasty calling me selfish and telling me she will not accommodate me.

That actually is a really good point. And as far as your hospital goes, that's awful!! I would be very upset. Continue advocating for yourself, sounds like you have been. Good luck!

speedynurse

speedynurse, ADN, BSN, RN, EMT-P

Specializes in ER, Pre-Op, PACU. 544 Posts

It sounds like either situation is tough on you with being pregnant with a little one and the risks COVID brings. However, if this is truly your dream job and it being on days.....and you hate your current job and it has it’s own safety risks, then go for it. I just wish you could be one of the ones to take some time off to stay home with your little ones and yourself!