Are non-parent nurses discriminated against? - page 2
I am not a nurse, but thinking of becoming one. It is unlikely (but possible) that I will have children someday. I have heard that nursing offers great flexibility for people with children, and I... Read More
May 22, '02The main difference I notice is that I get called a lot more to come in and cover for sick folks or when we're slammed. HOWEVER, I do it willingly for the simple fact that I DON'T have children and I KNOW it's a lot easier for me to do it...plus, the $$ is good and I always get a boost on my evaluation for being a 'team player' and being flexible.
I think it works both ways. Yeah, the nurses w/kids get to leave when a crisis arises, but come on....IT'S A REAL CRISIS if it involves a kid and quite frankly, I would hope no one would begrudge them for leaving. I may not get to leave because kitty has a hairball, but believe me, my co-workers appreciate me and LET ME KNOW IT. Plus when my time comes and I actually DO have kids (many, many years from now...but we won't go there), I hope I'll get the same 'flexibility' if my baby is sick.
Grace, to answer your questions re: holidays, at the hospitals where I worked it was never a factor if you had kids, it was rotation based. Vacation was first-come, first-serve basis. You sign up for it first, you get it. Or if you had something like non-refundable cruise tickets, you'd generally get it. Not having kids has never come into play. Hope this answers your question.Last edit by shay on May 22, '02