I'm considering a year off and need advise please!

  1. Hi,
    I'm a new graduate RN (but I've been a LPN for 10 yrs). I am currently on maternity leave from my LPN position in our local hosp. Since I've recently passed RN boards, I'm eligable to bid on RN positions and when I return I can start working as an RN. Here's my delima: I would like to take a year off to be with my son, but I'm afraid if I do I won't be able to find a job when I'm ready to return. I'm concerened I won't be marketable do to taking a leave right after finishing school. What do you all think? (Oh, also I live in an area that has not felt any nursing shortage crunch yet.) Sorry this is so long. Thanks.
    Alicia
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   nsgsup
    My first thought is stay at home and enjoy your new baby! Is it possible that you could work "on-call" at your hospital? That way you could keep one foot in the door and start using your new RN status. Even if the hospital isn't feeling the shortage, there are always times when they need a hole filled.
  4. by   PathFinder
    I agree with your first respondent. Getting some RN work under your belt could be very important, but you don't have to take a "job" to do that. If your local facilities don't offer casual on-call positions, see if there is a local staffing agency. These agencies often place nurses for one-shif-at-a-time assignments (you may get some splendi viariety!) and you can work according to YOUR schedule!

    DO enjoy some time with your new baby -- that will not be an experience you can recapture later!! Best of luck.
  5. by   Joanne Rouffa
    I think it's a great idea to take time off after having your son! One way to keep your foot in the door might be to work every other weekend, or something with a very part time, but regular schedule. It will be easier to get a babysitter that way. I worked 2 or 3 days a week when my children were babies, and I found that to be just right--I had lots of time with the kids, but also it was nice to get out of the house and be with adults!! You need to do what you feel is best for you and your family.
  6. by   BusinessNurseLinda
    I agree. Life is too short to NOT be with your baby. I now have a home based business to be with my kids. As a RN....
    WHEN did we EVER hear a patient on their deathbed say they WISH they had worked a few more hours daily and NOT spent more time with their family?? Listen to your heart, and keeping your foot in the door with an every other weekend schedule sounds like a good idea to me... GOOD LUCK!!! Linda

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