I'm a 21 year old male freshman in a nursing program at a community college in the southeastern US and one day, I would like to become a Pediatric NP. I have felt a call & passion to specialize in pediatrics since I chose to become a nurse. I've thought about other fields, but it seems like pediatrics is the winner.
Since my main goal in life is to raise a family, everything I will do in the future revolves around them and I think about my future often. I am currently single with no kids. My concern is, though, if and when I am blessed with a family, how high in demand are Pediatric NPs in primary care? The reason I am concerned is because I do not want to come home after work each day and not be able to enjoy time with my family. I don't want to mentally/emotionally bring my work home with me. I don't want to worry about being called in to come examine a patient after hours when I really just want to be with my family. And I certainly do not want my future children or wife adopting the attitude of, "Well he takes care of sick kids all day at work but when he comes home, he never has time for his own kids." Keep in mind, my goal is primary care, not acute.
For the Peds NPs out there, how do you manage a work-life balance? Are you required to take call, work nights, weekends, or holidays where you work? Are you able to come home from work each day and not focus on the patients you had that day? I want to be a NP badly one day, but I don't want a career that will drag me away from my family all the time. That's one of the many reasons I chose not to pursue medicine. Any thoughts? I will clarify further if needed, just let me know. Thanks!