Hello all! I am interested in applying for a nurse manager position and I have also been trying to become pregnant for over a year now. I am worried that this is bad timing...will my career suffer if I take maternity leave during my first year in a management position? Have any of you went out on maternity leave from a management position soon after starting the position?
I don't know, I'd just go for it. There are so many "what ifs" in this scenario. It's possible that you'll get the job and also immediately become pregnant. It's also possible that you will get the job and it will still take you a while to become pregnant, or that you won't get the job at all. It would really stink if you decided to pass on the opportunity to apply and then still spent another year trying to get pregnant (adding insult to injury). Nurse manager positions don't come up all that often, so I'd capitalize on the opportuity if it's something that you'd really like to do.
Now, if you apply and then find out that you are pregnant before you receive an offer, you may want to reevaluate. However, I'd cross that bridge when you come to it.
Thank you for your response! I tend to worry too much about the "what ifs".