On 10/30, a patient caused me to fall, suffer vertebral compression fracture, and I’m at home for a few weeks to heal. If all goes according to plan, I should recover mid-December.
Wouldn’t you know, I was finally called for an interview for a position I’ve applied for many times! I did make an interview date for next week when they called.
What should I do?
I can cover up the back brace with clothing, and I can walk short distances w/o cane, but I think I should mention the injury.
Any advice on if or how I should talk about this? Or just say I’ll be available after 1/1/14?
I don’t think anything good can come from you bringing it up. At best, they won’t care and it will be a non-issue, at worst they will think that back injuries are one of the biggest killers of a nurses career and tend to be long lasting, chronic problems and they won’t want to get involved with someone who is starting off with back problems.
I wouldn’t lie about it, or anything else, because that could come back and get you fired down the road, but the interview you should answer the questions they ask you and they should not be asking about your medical conditions at the interview, and you should volunteer information about yourself which highlights your skills and achievements.
Just make sure the date you give them in which you can start is far enough out that you will be able to work … you don’t want to start your new job by calling in sick for a few weeks.
I called the doctor’s office to see if they could give me an approximate back to work date. “Unknown” was the answer. And I was told I should not drive while wearing a brace. I have to gracefully cancel my interview sometime today, as it is set for Weds. I’m kicking myself for having made the appointment in the first place.
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