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New grad 30 weeks pregnant and starting on L&D department

Soooo....I was interviewed and offered a job on the L&D floor. I was extrememly happy because this is the floor i've always wanted to work on. I start orientation Jan 17th. I'm not sure if the DON noticed I was pregnant at the interview due to my coat, purse, and notebook. I have been looking for a job since i graduated at the end of July and this was the first hospital in my area that were accepting new grads. Can they take the job back when they find out im pregnant when I go on to shadow Jan 3rd??? I also have a physical Jan 4th. What does this entail?

Well that's a tuff question. I suppose they can get rid of you. When you interviewed you did it in somewhat a false pretense. They thought they were getting a nurse. You on the other hand did not disclose that you were indeed pregnant. And you say the DON didn't notice? And you didn't tell and your 30 weeks correct? When do you plan to tell them when your going in to labor? This ask don't tell stuff is for the birds. They might keep you in my eyes a Nurse is a Nurse pregnant or not. But you might want to get ready for the shoe to drop. Like i said it's a tuff one keep us up to date. These are my thoughts use them as you wish

It's recommended by the Department of Labor that you do not disclose pregnancy during an interview. It is illegal not to hire you based on pregnancy. If you tell them it adds the issue, where if they are not aware of it there can be no accusation of discrimination. If they were aware you were pregnant and hired you anyway, there is no issue.

It stands to reason that your employer would prefer not to have someone go on maternity leave halfway through their orientation. But nursing is a female domimated field and women have babies. There is no guarantee of another employee not getting pregnant, having an accident, becoming ill, etc and requiring extended leave.

Check out your state's department of labor website for more information but you were correct in not telling.

I say keep going and show your work ethics and what you can do, but do let them know. At 30 weeks some women aren't grossly showing. Could be she knew you were pregnant but didn't consider how far along you were. Talk to the nurse manager after your shadow and explain you will working up until you go on leave and plan to come back as soon as poosible. Whatever you do, please be the one to tell her, rather she hear it from someone else.

It might be illegal for them to ask during an interview. But in a job where you must be physically able to do the work, you may fail the physical temporarily.

At the very least they'll not be happy to hear their brand-new employee is already planning a 6 week leave. When were you planning to tell them?

Some states allow employers to terminate workers without cause, so not to scare you but your job may not be so secure. You might want to scrimp and save every paycheck until after you return from maternity leave, just in case things don't work out.

It IS illegal for them to ask during an interview and is IS illegal for them to terminate you for pregnancy. If you do lose your job and are not given reason, or even if they are stupid enough to tell you that you were fired for being pregnant, seek counsel immediately.

This is one of the many reasons we need the ERA to pass someday so there is no question in an employer's mind.

Well that's a tuff question. I suppose they can get rid of you. When you interviewed you did it in somewhat a false pretense. They thought they were getting a nurse. You on the other hand did not disclose that you were indeed pregnant. And you say the DON didn't notice? And you didn't tell and your 30 weeks correct? When do you plan to tell them when your going in to labor? This ask don't tell stuff is for the birds. They might keep you in my eyes a Nurse is a Nurse pregnant or not. But you might want to get ready for the shoe to drop. Like i said it's a tuff one keep us up to date. These are my thoughts use them as you wish

This is an absolutely ridiculous and ignorant comment. She does not have to disclose her pregnancy on an interview. And if they thought like you imply, and didn't keep her because they didn't feel like having a pregnant nurse, she'd definitely have reason for a lawsuit. AFTER she is offered the position, she can discuss her maternity leave because that would be a more appropriate time.

We are humans, we're not robots or computers or even men. We need to be understanding that women are a very important part of the workforce, and because of that, its important to be supportive of them as mothers.

This is a LABOR and DELIVERY floor - its possible that the person interviewing actually recognized her skills and was supportive of the fact that she is a mother as well.

rntim49

Specializes in ER/ float.

This is an absolutely ridiculous and ignorant comment. She does not have to disclose her pregnancy on an interview. And if they thought like you imply, and didn't keep her because they didn't feel like having a pregnant nurse, she'd definitely have reason for a lawsuit. AFTER she is offered the position, she can discuss her maternity leave because that would be a more appropriate time.

We are humans, we're not robots or computers or even men. We need to be understanding that women are a very important part of the workforce, and because of that, its important to be supportive of them as mothers.

This is a LABOR and DELIVERY floor - its possible that the person interviewing actually recognized her skills and was supportive of the fact that she is a mother as well.

sorry but this is the ignorant response. This is a pre-existing health condition that will interfere with her job and ability to perform it. Your screw the employer BS attitude is why nurses are not taken seriously at all in this day and age. Another poster brought up the lawsuit ticket? come on people, Not saying anything during or even before the interview about your pregnancy constitutes being un truthfull and deceptive. end of story. :uhoh3:

mmm cdiff

Specializes in Pediatrics.

In what way, exactly, will her pregnancy affect her ability to perform her job? Being pregnant isn't a disability. I've witnessed nurses do their job right up until about a week before their due date, when they went on maternity leave.

Additionally, I don't think you can "fail" your physical unless you're not able to perform the duties listed in your job description.

sorry but this is the ignorant response. This is a pre-existing health condition that will interfere with her job and ability to perform it. Your screw the employer BS attitude is why nurses are not taken seriously at all in this day and age. Another poster brought up the lawsuit ticket? come on people, Not saying anything during or even before the interview about your pregnancy constitutes being un truthfull and deceptive. end of story. :uhoh3:

Federal and State laws make sure that Americans are able to have children without losing their jobs. Discrimination against you because you are pregnant violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Under this law, employers who have at least 15 workers are not allowed to:

o Refuse to hire a woman because of pregnancy

o Fire or force a worker to leave because she is pregnant

o Take away credit for previous years, accrued retirement benefits,

or seniority because of maternity leave

o Fire or refuse to hire a woman because she has an abortion

I hope the above clarifies her Federal Rights. And if anybody does happen to get discriminated against because they are pregnant in either Illinois or Indiana, my husband is an attorney and would love to take those cases!

rntim49

Specializes in ER/ float.

In what way, exactly, will her pregnancy affect her ability to perform her job? Being pregnant isn't a disability. I've witnessed nurses do their job right up until about a week before their due date, when they went on maternity leave.

Additionally, I don't think you can "fail" your physical unless you're not able to perform the duties listed in your job description.

so have I, only difference is they were not hired in 30 wks pregnant. And good luck with the "they can't do that crap" too many nurses vs not enough jobs= they can make the rules as they go:lol2:

rntim49

Specializes in ER/ float.

I hope the above clarifies her Federal Rights. And if anybody does happen to get discriminated against because they are pregnant in either Illinois or Indiana, my husband is an attorney and would love to take those cases!

now there is spam for legal services? this thread has become sad.:eek:

It's not sad at all, its ridiculous that mothers still have to fear for their jobs because of ignorant people who don't recognize the value of women in the workplace, and women should be aware of their rights. I myself at 19 was fired from a telemarketing company for taking an "unauthorized leave of absence" for going into labor. The company basically called it a vacation because I hadn't been there a year. I was clueless and didn't know my rights. Now at 28, I do, and it ****** me off that pregnant women should have to fear for their jobs. We are at the absolute bottom of the barrel for maternity rights for women, and we're so ready to give those away saying employers should be able to fire pregnant women if they don't notice they're pregnant on an interview.....??

sorry but this is the ignorant response. This is a pre-existing health condition that will interfere with her job and ability to perform it. Your screw the employer BS attitude is why nurses are not taken seriously at all in this day and age. Another poster brought up the lawsuit ticket? come on people, Not saying anything during or even before the interview about your pregnancy constitutes being un truthfull and deceptive. end of story. :uhoh3:

Are you kidding me? Pregnancy is NOT a "pre-existing condition." Your "screw the nurse" attitude is why men can't be taken seriously when discussing issues of maternity leave. The United States is the ONLY industrialized nation without mandatory paid parental leave. Your attitude hurts women, babies, and families.

Maternal Leave in the U.S.: Far from Adequate

This is an absolutely ridiculous and ignorant comment. She does not have to disclose her pregnancy on an interview. And if they thought like you imply, and didn't keep her because they didn't feel like having a pregnant nurse, she'd definitely have reason for a lawsuit. AFTER she is offered the position, she can discuss her maternity leave because that would be a more appropriate time.

We are humans, we're not robots or computers or even men. We need to be understanding that women are a very important part of the workforce, and because of that, its important to be supportive of them as mothers.

This is a LABOR and DELIVERY floor - its possible that the person interviewing actually recognized her skills and was supportive of the fact that she is a mother as well.

Why are you attacking me?? I was being honest. As your husband being a lawyer who cares. And as far as lawsuit's go really who TF care's. Coming on a posting and threatening with your lawyer husband or spamming about your husband might be against TOS rules. I'll let a Admin decide that. Don't attack me because my statement was honest. I don't and wont know what will happen and did you miss the part when i said a and i quote( IN MY EYE'S A NURSE IS A NURSE PREGNANT OR NOT !!) Or did you miss that part also did you miss the part when i said. THESE ARE MY THOUGHTS USE THEM AS YOU WISH. You should read the words of what one is saying and not judge by emotions. Also just to let you know your in for a reality check when you go for clinical's with your attitude. ( Please read: Why Do Nurse's Eat Their Young) Your Lawyer husband wont beable to save you then. Now these are my thoughts use them as you wish.

Pregnant women have rights. If people don't believe they have rights, there are attorneys that will enforce those rights. That is the point I am trying to make - that women have rights and a means to enforce those federally guaranteed rights. I have been on clinicals, 9 of them so far (CNA), and never had a problem. I don't have an attitude - I do stick up for my rights, and the rights of pregnant women. I do plan on having a third child, and will assert my rights if I need to. Other than that, don't foresee any problems. I've been in the workforce professionally for the last 10 years, and have been well liked and well respected. I am supportive of those that need support.

I worked with a new grad who was hired around 30 weeks pregnant on L&D. Physically, she did great helping laboring moms. The only downside was she didn't have enough PTO saved up for her maternity leave. She was able to take the leave, just didn't get paid. Other than that no problem. :)

Pregnant women have rights. If people don't believe they have rights, there are attorneys that will enforce those rights. That is the point I am trying to make - that women have rights and a means to enforce those federally guaranteed rights. I have been on clinicals, 9 of them so far (CNA), and never had a problem. I don't have an attitude - I do stick up for my rights, and the rights of pregnant women. I do plan on having a third child, and will assert my rights if I need to. Other than that, don't foresee any problems. I've been in the workforce professionally for the last 10 years, and have been well liked and well respected. I am supportive of those that need support.

Well said, sister. We need more women who will stand up for women's rights, in the workplace and out. I don't think anyone's attacking anyone else, women just stand a lot to lose when people don't encourage and enforce the rights of women (whom politicians seem to forget are uhhh...you know, 50% of the population, not a "special interest group")

It makes me sad that we still live in a world where there is any doubt as to the legal ramifications of firing a woman for the very personal decision of starting/adding to her family. Shouldn't we be encouraging women to have healthy births and healthy families, and with that, encouraging her to spend with her new baby? Punishing women for having babies doesn't help anyone.

AnneS

Specializes in med surg.

Seems this has gotten off track. Its not about a nurse that becomes pregnant after being hired. Its about a woman that is already, what, in her 7th month of pregnancy and she is not sure if the person that hired her is aware she is pregnant? You guys gotta look at this from the other side. What if you were that manager that believed you had just hired a competent new grad who the hospital is going to spend a fair chunk of money on training, only to find out that the woman you thought would be able to put in the time is pregnant and will be leaving shortly on maternity leave? I'm sorry. I feel for the new grad that needs to get any job she can, any way she can. I was there too, not too long ago and I realize its a tough market. But you need to be honest about certain things. I think it speaks to the integrity of the person. I surely hope it works out for you, but you need to come clean about your pregnancy immediately.

I don't think the hospital owes you the job just because they said you were hired. You still have a few hoops to jump thru and personally, I would feel that not mentioning your pregnancy was omitting a very important fact, that I, as hiring manager would have really wanted to know before I offered you a job. Its not an invasion of privacy. It directly affects your ability to perform your job in the coming year. You will be taking time off that you haven't accumulated. You will probably need additional training because of the lapse in training. Shame on you for hiding behind a coat, notebook and purse.

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