I want to be a nurse with a 9-5 job w/ weekends and holidays off - page 4

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    I recently left my 24 hour/week every 3rd weekend med/surg/telemetry position for a school nurse job - 8am to 3pm, 5 days a week. No holidays, no weekends, all summer of with my children. Long holidays off. When I thought about stepping down from the chaos and adrenaline of the cardiac floor, I was concerned. Then someone told me that I wouldn't miss it. You know what? She was right. I love my new job, love the normalcy and routine it affords my life. And you know what - every day is different from the next and I still have days full of adrenaline (I've called 911 twice and it's only October). I leave my house at 7:50am and am sitting at my desk by 8:05am. I leave my desk by 2:59pm and am home with my children by 3:10pm. I drive them to all their afternoon activities, make dinner, help with homework, do the laundry and tuck them into bed. Hubby and I get a few hours together to unwind before the next day.

    God is good. Leaving bedside nursing and the crappy hours/schedule was the best decision I ever made for myself and my family.
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    I work 8 to 1700 - no nights or weekends. I got the job with 3 years experience.
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    Unquestionably, I payed my dues over the years in my nursing career, therefore, my schedule is Mon.-Friday 9-4pm no weekends no holidays. Needless to say, I love it, however, it didn't happened over night one has to keep eyes & ears pealed for bigger and better things...after all we are WORTH IT!!!!.... Aloha~
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    I work regular workday hours in acute care at a hospital, with no weekends or holidays. Most days, I'm out before 1700. And yes, it's actual patient care, not management or administration.

    Eventually I want to go back to working evenings (I am NOT a morning person), but life won't let me just yet.
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    I am working my first job as an LVN Mon-Fri 8-230 at a school district. I love it even though it isnt full time hours because I have a young son to take care of. With this job I am lucky that my parents keep him. Once hes old enough to start school I would like a full time job hopefully with a 4 on 2 off schedule
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    I have done the staff nurse thing. Loved working nights and didn't really care about working weekends and holidays. Of course, I was much younger, single, and childless then.

    Now, I'm a Nurse Educator in an academic setting. Other than my teaching duties (class and clinical), plus required office hours (5 per week)....I make my own schedule. Off for a month between semesters and since I don't teach a summer session....well, let's just say I have a prolonged break before the start of a new school year.

    The downside: I did have to go to school for a long time (still am) to get this job.
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    Hey, that's me! I work Monday through Friday 7am to 4pm with weekends and holidays off, no overtime EVER. I actually get to sit down and enjoy lunch (I'm on my lunch break now). I love, love, love my job in that I have the opportunity to do LOTS of patient education (I have 30 min with each patient individually). I never want to return to hospital nursing....ever. The best part is I'm only taking a small paycut....in the hospital setting here, I would make about $31/hr. I currently making $30/hr. Small price to pay....literally. Especially when you have 3 kiddos with various activities after school :-)
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    Quote from Life_is_good_1973
    Hey, that's me! I work Monday through Friday 7am to 4pm with weekends and holidays off, no overtime EVER. I actually get to sit down and enjoy lunch (I'm on my lunch break now). I love, love, love my job in that I have the opportunity to do LOTS of patient education (I have 30 min with each patient individually). I never want to return to hospital nursing....ever. The best part is I'm only taking a small paycut....in the hospital setting here, I would make about $31/hr. I currently making $30/hr. Small price to pay....literally. Especially when you have 3 kiddos with various activities after school :-)
    It was an $8/hour decrease for me but I worked in one of the highest paying hospitals in the area ($40/hr). I don't miss the three 12s either. When I made the change (to Mon-Fri) I thought alot about this choice. But the more I thought about it, it made more sense for me. Yeah, the days off during the week were nice, but my first day off was shot from the crazy long days/shifts I just worked. All I wanted to do on my first day off was veg, sip on my coffee slowly, play on AN, watch chick flicks...(you get the idea ) Then my second day off, getting ready to go back to work (laundry, groceries, chores...) Then back I went to do it all over again. No thank you, done with that. And I love being home every weekend. Last but not least, this year would have been my turn to work Christmas. Not anymore.


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