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Hello I am a pre-nursing student, and to clarify the title I want to work as much as possible because this is the field I feel passionate about, so my worry is not about leisure time.

But the reason I ask is because I am planning to have a surgery once I get established in the Nursing field, which will incapacitate me for at least 1 to 3 months. I was wondering if vacation time is collective or set period every year, how does that work?

Thank you in advance, just trying to plan ahead as this surgery was pretty time consuming in terms of recovery the first time around, but 1-3 months I should be okay the next time.

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southern rn

Has 19 years experience.

hi, can't answer your question as that will be entirely dependant on your place of employment and their policies the same as it would with any line of work. this would be a good question to ask or find out when you interview for jobs.

If I were you, I would get the surgery after you graduate from nursing school because sometimes it can take a few months to even find/get hired for a position afterward. Then, when you start working, you will be all better and not have to worry about that.

Been there,done that, ASN, RN

Has 33 years experience.

Sheesh, you say you are passionate about nursing, in"PRE" nursing, whatever THAT is and already planning an elective surgery? On the companies dime?

Try asking in an interview what kind of time off is available for this(sry Southern RN )andyou will receive the bums rush to the door! You would receive time off for the procedure in most facilities,but it would be unpaid, except for your accrued time off.

ukstudent

Specializes in SICU.

I would suggest getting it done prior to nursing school. From my quick look-up it seems that it is better to get it done prior to the age of 20.

To answer your question though, most hospitals give between 2-4 weeks a year for vacation. Not enough time for your recovery. You also cannot take it when first employed, it accululates a bit at a time over the year.

In order to take FMLA you would need to work for at least a year for a company that has more than 50 workers. This would mean finishing nursing school (several years), getting a job (not easy, it will probably take some time), stay in the job for a minimum of a year, then getting the surgery. The way I am looking at it, it would be 3 to 4 years from now.

So do it now while still under your parents insurance.

southern rn

Has 19 years experience.

Sheesh, you say you are passionate about nursing, in"PRE" nursing, whatever THAT is and already planning an elective surgery? On the companies dime?

Try asking in an interview what kind of time off is available for this(sry Southern RN )andyou will receive the bums rush to the door! You would receive time off for the procedure in most facilities,but it would be unpaid, except for your accrued time off.

I meant more that when you interview you are typically told of the benefits associated with a job, including vacation/sick time.

SummitRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU + Infection Prevention. Has 8 years experience.

Sheesh, you say you are passionate about nursing, in"PRE" nursing, whatever THAT is and already planning an elective surgery? On the companies dime?

Try asking in an interview what kind of time off is available for this(sry Southern RN )andyou will receive the bums rush to the door!

You need to like... relax!

iwanna

Specializes in behavioral health.

You say that you are a pre-nursing student. It sounds like you are taking pre-reqs. During your summer break would be the perfect time to have surgery. I had surgery, as soon as I was done with my college courses, and I was all recovered by August. I started nursing school in August.

pielęgniarka, RN

Specializes in Hem/Onc, LTC, AL, Homecare, Mgmt, Psych.

Where I work the nurses earn paid time off (PTO). PTO is available after the first 90 days of employment. That first year the max amt of PTO is 100 hrs or about 12 days if you work full time. Each year after that it goes up about 5 days extra then plateus at about 27 paid days off (need to be employed for 15 years for that!) When you want to utilize your PTO you submit a form to management and they review it and either approve it or deny it based on staffing. We are supposed to put our requests in at least a month in advance if not more.

After being employed for one year you could probably use a family medical leave of absence (FMLA). This is unpaid however. I think you can get up to 12 weeks off if it's approved by your supervisior in advance. I don't know much about FMLA but just going by what I remember in my policy book --

I agree with others, have your surgery done before you take your first nursing job. If you NEED to wait a year or so for the surgery, your best bet would be to talk to the human resources person after your first year on the job (when you get one) and work out the time off. It is best to go into a job with as few complications as you can manage, it looks better to the employer --Good luck!

Ruby Vee, BSN

Specializes in CCU, SICU, CVSICU, Precepting & Teaching. Has 40 years experience.

hello i am a pre-nursing student, and to clarify the title i want to work as much as possible because this is the field i feel passionate about, so my worry is not about leisure time.

but the reason i ask is because i am planning to have a surgery once i get established in the nursing field, which will incapacitate me for at least 1 to 3 months. i was wondering if vacation time is collective or set period every year, how does that work?

thank you in advance, just trying to plan ahead as this surgery was pretty time consuming in terms of recovery the first time around, but 1-3 months i should be okay the next time.

policies vary from institution to institution as do benefits. that's certainly something you're going to want to find out as you're choosing a position. it may be something that can be addressed with medical leave.