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 WITH
the 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.