Hi fellow nurses!
I am in desperate need of good advice. I am a new nurse - just under a year of experience after school and a new mom - 6 month old. I went to work in a specialty right after school and found that I did not want to spend my entire career in that particular specialty. I gained some very specific skills but lost/forgot/out of practice most of general nursing skills from school. I would like to ideally start working in med surg and gain clinical skills and then think what specialty I want to be in. Or at least to start working again... The thing is, I am a new mom to 6 month old and I am the only caretaker for my baby. None of my family are willing to babysit for even 1 shift + commute time per week. They are fine with dropping by for a few hours especially on the weekend, but that's it. My mom will retire in 3 - 7 months and will be able to babysit full-time. I have very modest income that my family supports me with, but it would be nice if I could make some money. Also, I love nursing and I am itching to get back to that environment. My questions is - what do I do? Do I wait for my mom to babysit and then look for a job full-time? But I am afraid I become less and less marketable as time goes by, especially if I don't want to work in the specialty where I spent last year. Or do I find something/anything for a few odd hours/office hours a week when I have some babysitting help and then look for something else? If so, what do I look for?
Any responses will be much appreciated. I don't know how to get out of my long "maternity leave"
You might have to hire a babysitter, if you ARE intent on going to work before another 7 mos goes by. You'd have to subtract what you pay the sitter per hour, from what you make per hour, to decide if this is worth it.
I had a best friend next door, and we traded sitting hours, back and forth, cash free, and it worked out for us, but, of course, i was just extremely lucky to have that set up. And my kids were school ages, not babies. She took my kids in pre-school hour(early morning hours), and i was home first, and had her kids and mine after school. we were all lucky that way.
Babytimes go by so so fast, and don't come back ever again, and i always wish that most babies can be raised by one of their own parents, or, have at least one parent working only part-time, cuz working full time + raising a baby, can be exhausting. CAN be done, yes it can, but, it takes a very energetic person, imo. And of course, it is not an option for everyone to try to only work part time while they raise babies.
I worked fulltime, and raised my kids part time, and it was not ideal for me or my family, but, i had no choice. I wish you best of luck in your decision, and hope you are able to determine what is best for you. GOOD LUCK!!
PS---You obviously want to ask your mom if her watching your baby IS okay with her, too. NOt all grandparents want to babysit 40 hours a week, but, some do!
Last edit by somenurse on Dec 10, '12