I have been an employee at the hospital I work at for almost 7 years. I graduated from nursing school last December, passed the NCLEX-RN in February and started my first RN job. I worked full time until the birth of my first child a few months later, took my 12 weeks of leave and have been back for a few months at part time. I want to work and I want to stay home with my baby and I'm having a hard time doing both. I have asked twice to work less and have been told those positions do not exist. In fact the only way I got off of full time is because my OB took me out of work for good about 5 weeks before my due date. (I had to beg him to let me go back to work and the only way he would allow it is if it was part time)I would love to work weekends, or PRN, or heck even one day a week less (I currenly work 3 evenings) but they are not willing to work with me. We currectly have a hiring freeze and I'm upset that they would rather me quit (haven't told them) then let me work weekends when that is when everyone calls off! I plan on asking again for a reduction in hours, but if I get the same answer then I plan on leaving in February. I am really torn though. I LOVE being a nurse and have worked SO hard for this. I just want to work less while my baby is still so little. As he gets older I will want to work more. Right now it's too hard and I don't feel like my son or my job is getting the best of me. My biggest concern is about leaving nursing so early into my career and the problems I might have coming back in a few years. I definitely loving working in the hospital and can't see myself doing anything else. My husband is supportive but is getting sick of the back and forth. One day I know I want to stay home and the next I'm sure I want to keep working. I'm just so torn and obviously cannot talk to any co-workers about this and my family is split on it.
If you all don't need your income, I would definitely recommend you to be with your baby. I did the stay at home thing for the first 5 years of my child's life. It's the best decision I ever made. They are only little once. You will blink and this precious little boy will be graduating high school. Most employers will understand gaps in employment due to expanding your family or being a stay at home mom. When you interview for your next position you can tell the interviewer that you ate in a great place in your life for a career now. You will have gotten that golden year of experience under your belt, and if you give 3 weeks to a month notice and leave on good terms, this employer might even rehire you. Just as everyone else has said, only you can make this decision. I hope that they will work with you and cut down your hours. I think that's a great solution. Gives you the best of both worlds.
Last edit by FLmed on Dec 16, '12