Post # 1
I just recently got engaged on August 13th! We have decided we are going to go to Bermuda to get married (just the two of us). NO guests, just us and a ceremony on the beach.
Now……this was my original plan: Graduate nursing school in May 2015, take the boards in June, get married in Bermuda in July! Simple enough right?
Well……. I am currently working as a nurses aide in a hospital and I really want to work at this hospital as an RN when I am done with school. Problem is- there is a mandatory 2 week orientation for new nurses where you cannot miss a single day. That being said: I contacted the nursing recruiter to find out when this two week orientation would be and she said it could be May, June, July, or August, and that she has no way of knowing so early and that I should give her a call around April to find out. How can I plan a wedding when I don’t know when this orientation class will be?
Two nurses aides I work with recently graduated in May of this year and they scheduled vacations in August. They both were offered jobs but their vacation was booked during the 2 week orientation so they didn’t get positions and now almost 6 months later they are still unemployed. I don’t want the same to happen to me.
One of the aides said they will most likely have the orietnation again in August but I don’t want to miss an opportunity if it by some random chance happens to be in July during my trip.
Should I plan the wedding in Bermuda and just cancel it if the orientation happens to fall during the trip? Should I wait until after I find out in april to plan it for July? Should I wait till after I am settled in the job to get married and just get married in 2016?
I’m free to any ideas/suggestions!
Post # 2
LongIslandRN: I would go ahead with your research on hotels, officiants , flights etc, but put it all on hold till you know the date of the orientation. You can make some decisions and purchases like your dress, his outfit etc, but I doubt you’d have any trouble booking travel or hotel in the summer months.
Post # 3
LongIslandRN: I think you should wait to get married until after you get settled in your job. Would you still get married with just the two of you if you waited? If you’ve already got your foot in the door and have an opportunity to get hired right away after graduating and passing the boards, then I wouldn’t pass up that chance. I don’t know how it is where you’re from, but nursing school is very difficult to get into in California and there are so many new graduates that can’t even get an interview. Not saying you wouldn’t, but what happens if you don’t pass the boards? If that happened to me, I would be devastated and it would ruin my wedding.
Post # 4
I’ve been an RN for about a year and a half now. I applied to several jobs before graduating (like up to 3 months before graduating, with no experience, at that. At least you have some work experience!), and landed my first job offer a week after I graduated. It was the beginning of summer and I told them off the bat that I had a vacation scheduled for the first 15 days of summer. They said as long as I passed my boards (which I did), the job would be waiting and ready for when I returned. My advice: Take the lead, be stellar in your interview (that silly portfolio will make a difference if you know how to use it, and be confident!). State your grounds as soon as you recieve a job offer, any worhty employer will hold out a couple weeks for a worthy recruit!
You’re finishing nursing school and getting married! Sounds to me like you have your life in order. To me, that’s a worthy reason to postpone your orientation for a couple of weeks! Just be upfront, and send out many, many applications.
This part is unrelated to the wedding situation:
The nursing profession offers a vast array of opportunities! Many new nurses are set on a particular field. My advice is to be open-minded! I landed my first job in what I thought was the field of my dreams! I quickly found out it wasn’t for me, and transferred to a different department. I hated the thought of ever working in my current department, and now I love it! Just keep an open mind and don’t be afraid to try new things! We nurses are brave folk, after all 🙂
Post # 5
hp520: The hospital I am at will hire nursing graduates “pending” licensure. I am truly hoping to pass and the NCLEX passing rate for nursing students from my college is above 95% and I don’t know of anyone who has failed luckily, although I know the possiblity still exists. I would be upset but it wouldn’t bother me NEARLY as much as if it were a hospital that didn’t hire pending licensure.
Post # 6
KMcKay: Thanks! The orientation here is different. They hire in groups and schedule specific orientation classes for new nurses. It’s not like they can say “okay we will wait for when you get back from your honey moon to train you for 2 weeks by yourself.”….. I am either there or I am not for the nursing orietnation (which happens 1-2x/year). I would like to start working ASAP at this hospital b/c it is one of the best hospitals in the U.S. and I was just glad to get my foot in the door as an aide! The nursing recruiter told me I can just wait until after my wedding, but that would mean I could potentially wait for another year to get hired. While getting married is important, this is a job of a lifetime for me that may come and go. I don’t know if it is wise to schedule a wedding and then cancel it (waste of money for airfair, ceremony, etc.)
Post # 7
julies1949: Thank you so much!