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New Grad RN, 17 weeks pregnant with upcoming interview

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I live in Southern California and I graduated from nursing school in June from an LVN-ADN program. I passed my state boards in July and have been looking for an RN position ever since with no luck. I currently have an interview lined up for a hospital that I have been trying so hard to get hired at, but my predicament is that I am currently 17 weeks pregnant. At the time of my interview do I tell them that I am pregnant, but plan on working until as close to my due date as possible and plan on returning back to work right after maternity leave? I really don't want me being pregnant to deter me from getting this job, but don't want to make an uncomfortable working environment when they find out that I am pregnant after being hired. Since finding an RN position as a new grad is hard enough in this economy I wanted to know what the best advice is for my situation. Thank you so much.

Pregnancy has nothing to do with job qualifications. I would not mention it.

BrynnLeann

Specializes in Cardiac & Acute Medicine.

I'm not sure about the United States, but I know in Canada that not hiring someone because they are pregnant is discrimination and definitely not allowed.

GoosbyLPN

Specializes in Rehab, Geriatrics & School Nurse. Has 3 years experience.

I wouldn't tell them. I feel if u tell them they won't offer u the job qualified or not. Yes it's discrimination, but they aren't going to tell you either. Just go the interview with less revealing clothes land that job and then tell them.

anonymous1919, LPN

Specializes in Geriatrics.

I would not tell them. It has nothing to do with whether you can work or not. If you get hired, talk to/email/phone/write a letter to who ever you need to that you are pregnant and will work until close to delivery after you get through orientation and are working the floor on your own.

No reason for subterfuge. They honestly do not want to know if you are pregnant or not. If you tell them and they don't hire you you can come back and sue them for discrimination. Dress however you want to but everyone I know in HR says not to mention a pregnancy, children, or whether or not you have a spouse. None of that is pertinent to whether you can do the job.

HTH,

Tara

I agree with the rest.... don't mention your pregnancy.

I interviewed at 37 weeks pregnant, so it was super obvious that I was pregnant. So we did discuss that I had child care lined up, etc, and I got the job the next day.

littlemammanurse, BSN, RN

Specializes in PP, Pediatrics, Home Health.

I wouldn't mention it either.I started working at a new job when I was about 4 1/2 months pregnant with my daughter.I was able to successfully hide my pregnancy until 8 months!I was extremely tiny and hid it very well considering I was still able to wear all of my pre pregnancy clothes.It did not effect my job performance, and my boss was very surprised that he couldn't tell!If I were you I wouldn't mention it until absolutely necessary(when you really start to show).

I love my cat!

Specializes in ER, PACU, Med-Surg, Hospice, LTC. Has 18 years experience.

Don't say one word about it.

Well, I would not mention pregnancy either. But you just have to go for it and see what happens once you show. Don't be surprised if you meet some unhappiness with staff/management. This because you will be on leave so fast. Don't know what advice anyone could give you there, it's just gonna be something you may need to endure.

Scarlette Wings

Specializes in M/S, ICU, ICP. Has 27 years experience.

i live in southern california and i graduated from nursing school in june from an lvn-adn program. i passed my state boards in july and have been looking for an rn position ever since with no luck. i currently have an interview lined up for a hospital that i have been trying so hard to get hired at, but my predicament is that i am currently 17 weeks pregnant. at the time of my interview do i tell them that i am pregnant, but plan on working until as close to my due date as possible and plan on returning back to work right after maternity leave? i really don't want me being pregnant to deter me from getting this job, but don't want to make an uncomfortable working environment when they find out that i am pregnant after being hired. since finding an rn position as a new grad is hard enough in this economy i wanted to know what the best advice is for my situation. thank you so much.

i would not offer the information to them but on the other hand, if it does show and they point blank ask you are you expecting, then i would not fib. i would be honest but i certainly wouldn't offer the information otherwise.

himilayaneyes

Specializes in Critical Care/Coronary Care Unit,.

I wouldn't tell them. Cover up, get the job, pass your 90 day probation, get fmla, then take your maternity leave when it's time. Make sure you get FMLA to protect your job. Plus, I'm curious...are you a LPN or RN...b/c you said you graduated from a LVN-ADN program but you're looking for a RN job...please clarify. Good luck.:)

In an LVN-ADN program you receive your RN, I passed my RN state boards in July. Thank you for your response.

nursejoed

Specializes in school nurse. Has 22 years experience.

I'm going to get lambasted, but I think this attitude stinks for the employer and co-workers. Get a job, get oriented, barely get to the productive stage, then skeedadle for a leave of absence. Yeah, it's legal, but it's knowingly creating hardship for your job. Just like the mothers who KNOW they won't be back, but take their so-called "leave", use up all their time, and keep the position in limbo...BTW, FMLA eligibility wouldn't kick in for a year.

I'm going to get lambasted, but I think this attitude stinks for the employer and co-workers. Get a job, get oriented, barely get to the productive stage, then skeedadle for a leave of absence. Yeah, it's legal, but it's knowingly creating hardship for your job. Just like the mothers who KNOW they won't be back, but take their so-called "leave", use up all their time, and keep the position in limbo...BTW, FMLA eligibility wouldn't kick in for a year.

Thank you so much for your response. I do completely see your point of view. I am also aware that I would not be eligible for FMLA which is another reason why I do plan on coming back to work, if I get hired, no later than 8 weeks. I made this post to see what other nurses opinions would be, so nobody is going to be "lambasted". I just want to do what is best for me and my employer. If I do get this job I plan on being here for a long time, since this is the hospital that I have always wanted to work in, which is why I want some good advice.

Thank you for yours:)

nursejoed

Specializes in school nurse. Has 22 years experience.

Thank you so much for your response. I do completely see your point of view. I am also aware that I would not be eligible for FMLA which is another reason why I do plan on coming back to work, if I get hired, no later than 8 weeks. I made this post to see what other nurses opinions would be, so nobody is going to be "lambasted". I just want to do what is best for me and my employer. If I do get this job I plan on being here for a long time, since this is the hospital that I have always wanted to work in, which is why I want some good advice.

Thank you for yours:)

It seems like you have a go-for-it work ethic, and hopefully the facility will provide a long career for you, then.

OCNRN63, RN

Specializes in Oncology; medical specialty website.

I wouldn't tell them. Cover up, get the job, pass your 90 day probation, get fmla, then take your maternity leave when it's time. Make sure you get FMLA to protect your job. Plus, I'm curious...are you a LPN or RN...b/c you said you graduated from a LVN-ADN program but you're looking for a RN job...please clarify. Good luck.:)

You cannot get FMLA until you have been with an employer for a year and have worked the required number of hours to qualify (I think it's 1200).

ETA: Sorry, I see others already addressed this.