child care and nursing

  1. Hi there all! I am so glad that we have this forum! I stumbled onto it in a yahoo room!

    I am 33 years old and working as a "Per Diem" nurse in the Critical Care Float Pool at a large hospital. Since Sept 11th, 2002 our patient census has been really low and I haven't been able to get the hours that I need to survive. I used to be able to call the staffing office and tell them the day that I wanted to work that I could work! Not anymore! There doesn't seem to be a "nursing shortage" around here anymore! It's a "patient shortage" since the economy has gone into the toilet (not to mention all of the laid off husbands/wives having their SO's get back into nursing to make some money for the household.

    The real kicker is that I have a 16 month old and am 31 weeks pregnant with a second. My husband works retail and has to work every saturday, not to mention two set days a week he has to "close" the store which means he doesn't get home until after 9:00 p.m. Needless to say, this has really put us in a pickle for day care.

    Anybody else gone through this? Anybody have any ideas? I am considering taking a permanent position (for half the salary), but this requires working at least every third saturday.

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
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  3. by   roxannekkb
    You can also sign up with nursing agencies for temp work. Or even pick up a second per diem job, if that's available in your area. I always worked per diem, and usually had either one or more per diem jobs, and was also signed up with a registry.

    Plus, have you thought about home care through a registry? The pay is pretty much the same, plus you are rarely cancelled (unless the patient dies or goes into the hospital).
  4. by   dawngloves
    Roxanne hit it on the head. What about night shift? They don't need anyone there?
  5. by   yenfu
    yeah, but how do you function with a new baby and a toddler on no sleep like that? i do belong to an agency and they are slow too! however, i am taking all of your suggestions into consideration! thanks so much!
  6. by   crissyb
    Yenfu
    When my daughters were babies, I always worked nights (my husband was also in retail at the time). It left little time for my husband and myself, but one of us were always with the girls. I worked nights, stayed up in the day, then slept when he came home. The hard days were the ones he had "to close" - although he usually went in later and I could nap in the am.
    It worked for us for almost 10 years. I got to the point where I actually preferred the night shift - more autonomy, less administrative interference.....My daughters remember being with one of us all the time. My youngest was a premie, had to be fed throughout the night, apnea monitor, etc.. She is definitely a "daddy's girl" (still, and almost 18) - My husband definitely had a closer relationship with my girls because of our working opposite shifts! Good Luck!
  7. by   live4today
    Nightshift for me meant.........when I was away, my ex-husband was at play.

    I would NOT and will not ever do nights again! It messes with my circadian rhythm to much, and night nurses are more prone to health problems. Nursing is a tough enough job that puts excessive stress on one's body and causes many health problems no matter the shift you work, however nights is even worse.

    You have a new baby on the way and a baby at home. How about doing private duty nursing for awhile. Market yourself as a Private Duty Nurse, and choose the hours you want to work.

    Just a thought!
  8. by   hogan4736
    Originally posted by crissyb
    Yenfu
    When my daughters were babies, I always worked nights (my husband was also in retail at the time). It left little time for my husband and myself, but one of us were always with the girls. I worked nights, stayed up in the day, then slept when he came home. The hard days were the ones he had "to close" - although he usually went in later and I could nap in the am.
    It worked for us for almost 10 years. I got to the point where I actually preferred the night shift - more autonomy, less administrative interference.....My daughters remember being with one of us all the time. My youngest was a premie, had to be fed throughout the night, apnea monitor, etc.. She is definitely a "daddy's girl" (still, and almost 18) - My husband definitely had a closer relationship with my girls because of our working opposite shifts! Good Luck!
    Exactly...

    I work a Baylor program (Sat/Sun), my wife works Mon-Wed...

    It's about sacrifice, PERIOD!
  9. by   altomga
    I don't have any good advice...I am lucky that my husband stays at home with our kids and I work nightshift (and LOVE IT )
    When he does have a chance to work during the summer or when the oldest two (13yo and 10yo) aren't in school my 13yo daughter watches the 3yo so I can still sleep. My husband drives 18 wheelers (log trucks) and picks up days when he can; otherwise he is a full time DADDY..quite a switch since I stayed at home and went to college (1 class a semester) with the oldest two.

    Kids and work is hard...How about a weekend option position and then you would only need a babysitter on the Saturday your hubby works? The pay for that is pretty comparable.

    Good luck
  10. by   Spidey's mom
    Well, I don't have any good advice either since my major goal in life is to be a stay-at-home mom. :-)

    Having a baby in my 40's with 3 teenagers in the house really woke me up to the fact that kids grow up in the blink of an eye and I don't want to take that for granted.

    I work part-time and my inlaws watch my son. My husband is a truck driver. On the days I work, I leave the house at 2:30 a.m. and he leaves between 3-5 a.m. and takes our son out to his parents and plops him into bed with them. This started when our son was 4 months old. My inlaws are great with him and live on a ranch, so he loves it. He is two now and looks forward to going to "Nana's and Tata's". I'm very grateful to have them because I don't think I could put him in daycare.

    Now, if only I could win the lottery, then I'd be happy.

    (not asking for much, huh?

    I wish you the best in your quest.

    steph

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