HOURS of Nursing Jobs

  1. I'm seriously considering pursuing a BSN. Yet, my church is very important to me and we have meetings on monday nights, thursday nights, and on saturday and sunday mornings. Are there nursing jobs available that pay well that work regular monday to friday 7-3 shifts? And if so, how much do they pay. I live in the New Haven, CT area by the way, if that helps. Thanks in advance!
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  3. by   chuck1234
    Nursing Home... Psyh... Home Care.... God knows what else....
  4. by   TazziRN
    Actually, all three are 24/7 type jobs. Home care is more daytime but weekends will be involved.

    The only jobs that are M-F are clinic/offices, school, health dept. Any kind of bedside care will require weekends and if you're a new grad, good luck getting a day shift right off the bat. Most (not all, but most) new grads have to put time in the trenches by doing nights or evenings.
  5. by   TheCommuter
    I work at a nursing home and rehab care center that employs BSNs as floor nurses. They have 4 different shifts:

    6am to 2pm Monday through Friday
    2pm to 10pm Monday through Friday
    10pm to 6am with varied days on/off
    6am to 10pm Saturday and Sunday

    Unfortunately, many RN-BSNs do not want to start at nursing homes because long term care seems to fall toward the bottom of the pecking order.
  6. by   googs
    Ok. How much would a nurse in a clinic or office make, or a school nurse, and is it hard to get those jobs?
  7. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from googs
    Ok. How much would a nurse in a clinic or office make, or a school nurse, and is it hard to get those jobs?
    Nurses who work in clinics and offices frequently take a huge decrease in pay, when compared to working in a hospital at the bedside. Many clinic/office nurses are willing to take the pay cut for the ability to have stable daytime working hours.
  8. by   TazziRN
    Something else to think about: you need to weigh the different kinds of nursing jobs and find one that offers what you want that you will also enjoy. If you just take a position because it offers the hours and pay you want but you don't enjoy that type of nursing, you will not do it well. Medicine is one of those professions that you must enjoy doing or you will cause someone serious harm.
  9. by   Midwest4me
    Like TheCommuter said, those in medical clinics and MD offices often make less money but then again it also really depends on the state in which you live.
  10. by   RNsRWe
    A consideration you might not be making at this point is the time committment WELL before you graduate and pass the boards (when you are finally able to take that job). School hours are without a doubt going to include lectures during the week (and you can't dictate when those lectures will be--you'll take them when you can). Clinical assignments are all times of the day, and sometimes on weekends, depending on your school. Mine were not on weekends, but others were....and because mine were on weekdays only, you can bet I did morning, afternoon AND evening clinicals and labs.

    You will spend years juggling coursework and classroom time, clinical time WAY before worrying about what hours you might work in the future.
  11. by   RNsRWe
    Quote from googs
    Ok. How much would a nurse in a clinic or office make, or a school nurse, and is it hard to get those jobs?
    I can only speak for my general area, of course, but school nurse positions are very difficult to come by: the hours and vacation schedule make it VERY desirable for most people (particularly parents!) so you're basically waiting for someone to retire or die before that spot opens again!

    Also, they tend to pay very poorly, when compared to other nursing opportunities: that's because of the very desirable hours, etc.
  12. by   chuck1234
    The pay is varied from state to state. In our Tri-State area, I think hospitals in New York City pay the most. City owed hospitals starts at $62k for a day shift, and $68k for a night shift. I am working for a city owed hospital. Without benefits with experience, you can work for the agency, pick your hours. This is just like the other job I have with an agency. It pays me $500/12.5 shift. Two days a week, I get $52k/year.
  13. by   futurecnm
    Quote from googs
    I'm seriously considering pursuing a BSN. Yet, my church is very important to me and we have meetings on monday nights, thursday nights, and on saturday and sunday mornings. Are there nursing jobs available that pay well that work regular monday to friday 7-3 shifts? And if so, how much do they pay. I live in the New Haven, CT area by the way, if that helps. Thanks in advance!
    I think it would be tough to find these hours as a new grad. I don't know any new grads who get straight days around here. They may get rotating day/nights/evenings but not only days. I am in the midwest and it is difficult to get a clinic or school nurse position. I know around here you pretty much have to take rotating shifts. not sure about LTC, but I don't think you will have many places that will let you say you need that many days off a week
    Also, like someone else said, what would you do about your school hours? Those can vary quite a bit. We do weekends a lot in the hospital and there are times we have to be flexible about what clinicals we take.
  14. by   MB37
    Quick thing to check - go to a few local hospitals' websites. They probably have available jobs listed online (although they probably will not list a pay rate), with qualifications including level of schooling and any relevant necessary experience. See if all the new grad shifts are nights or rotating. I know that in my area you can work days right off the bat, but they are usually 7a-7p and there is no guarantee of weekends off. Are you willing to compromise? 3 shifts week is usually full time, and you could probably talk management into generally having Sundays off if you're really religious. Would you be able to miss a Monday or a Saturday here and there? One nice thing about nursing is that it's really flexible, because it's a 24 hour job. One bad thing about it is that it's a 24 hour job, and sometimes we all have to work when we don't want to. Also - have you thought about the fact that you WILL have to work some religious holidays? At most places, it's either work the eve or the day, or work the whole holiday every other year. You may want to think through all of this before you invest time and money in the education.

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