Hi! I am having the most difficult time deciding between teaching and nursing. I am a current Teacher, and have all my nursing pre-reqs done! Can anyone (even if you're not a Teacher) please tell me who is preferably a mommy, what your RN schedules are like? Everything always has this conception, that Teachers work the best hours! FALSE! We work from 7:30am to 3:30pm, but we stay for several (unpaid) hours after work, grading work, preparing lesson plans, etc. Not to mention the take-home stacks of paper work, and the numerous hours we spend to brain-storm to help prepare for prosperous crafts, lesson plans, etc. I understand nurses work 3-12s. But I would love to know I am getting paid for those hours, even if it's 3 days straight. I can leave the work at work, and then have days off after to re-collect. What I'm getting at I guess, is, what job is best for being a mom! I LOOOOOOVE both equally, nursing and getting help to save lives and learning about medicine is just intriguing to me. Molding the minds of little ones to grow up and be my future is also intriguing to me. I love both equally. They both have pros and cons. I am burned out as a Teacher and I feel that my weekends go by WAAAAYYY too fast!!!! Is this the same case for nursing? What about holidays, is it hard to get Christmas off? Any insight would help, thank you all.
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Had some other thoughts re teacher vs nurse careers. I believe most teaching positions are Civil Service. That usually means some rather nice Civil Service benefits. They usually are union-negotiated so they are attractive to many non-union, non-teachers. I can think of PTO for educational seminars and conventions. Good health care benefits, good pension or retirement programs, credit union, UNION REPRESENTATION for disciplinary issues, tuition assist etc. You get a lunch period! If the school is closed for Blizzards or Hurricanes, you don't have to go in either (yes?).
Some nurses have spouses whose own benefits cover the family. Nice if that occurs. but what if it doesn't or if it significantly changes?
Now I know over the years, some of these benes may have shrunk, but with the unions, they prob remain much more attractive than what's avail for nsg in today's penny-squeezing healthcare industry.
Your desire for flexi-time will have to be weighed along WITHthe other conditions under which nsg functions.
You'd also have nsg school with which to contend. Acceptance is not guaranteed and the school work is HARD, plain and simple. Then passing NCLEX and becoming licensed is another obstacle. And the most difficult (at least accdg to my perception) will be your job search to snag that elusive first position.
Reading posts here on AN you can see the loooong searches after graduation (even for the great students). And with the trend in healthcare today, you'll most likely need to go the BSN route. You most likely will have to start in the trenches, like a military private first class, front-line bedside care before you have the possibility to move on up to the more favorable positions (and those with seniority). And then advanced education is becoming the norm for higher level positions.
Nsg is 24/7, 365 days/yr. If you are lucky to catch a position that is time-flexible, you still don't have TRUE flexibility. If your little kiddo has the sniffles, taking the day off might not be an option. Nor will it be so when you are scheduled to work when schools are closed for snow/rain.
Hate to be a Debbi Downer but folk who look to nsg as a second career really need to look with eyes WIDE OPEN. Nsg is a unique species unto itself. The only other professions I can closely equate with it is law enforcement, corrections and air traffic controllers. We all NEVER CLOSE.
I know you were specifically looking at time/scheduling flexibility issues, but there are many more issues to consider.
Good luck on making a realistic decision.
Thanks, I don't find you being a debbie-downer! It's all very much realistic, and the more information I get, all the better. I recently got accepted into a BSN program (1 month ago) as I have all my pre-reqs! I love LOVE math and science, and am quite the science/math nerd! :b I just wasn't sure if I could go through with the schooling, and starting all over again!
But after reading these posts, I absolutely agree that Teaching is my true calling and passion. The hours get extremely hard, and taking home all the work, it's just over-exhuasting. I keep telling myself, it's going to get easier as the time passes by. I still don't know what a lunch break is, grading papers in my room has been the special lately, or else I'm swamped later on! And taking a restroom break, as I am positive it is the same for nurses...it's not common! I seem to be more susceptible to UTI's now, lol, go figure! I know it will get easier though! I have gone from nursing and teaching since before I even started college. I do know what it takes though, and what's involved in the nursing field (my two best friends and sister are RN's, however, non-mommy's)! Was just a little curious about the hours, and the days you can or can't request off. The nursing field has always intrigued me. Working every single holiday, and getting a Christmas off here and there would have been okay with me. But over-all, I'm definitely sticking to teaching (seems Teachers work more days, but get the important ones off as someone above stated)! I appreciate the time everyone took, to give their honest opinions and insights. So nice to know that there's still people out there willing to help out if they can. Thanks again for your insight and personal experience!
Last edit by RN2bBevy on Jul 8, '14