Nursing and being a mother.... - page 2

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I have been a stay at home mom for awhile now. However, I spent the last few years in school to be a nurse. I've finished my degree and am in the process of finding a job as an RN. BUT, having a strong desire to be a big... Read More


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    I have worked per diem since my oldest was born. Working less than part time has made my life easier since I can set my own schedule.
    Working has been good for me and my family. The money I earn is good for the limited hours worked, and having something outside the home that is mine and my own achievement works wonders for my self-esteem.
    A career is an investment in yourself.
    For a new grad, most will not hire new grads for per diem positions. Experience is expected since orientation is 4 days.
    Full time nights are popular with many of the parents I work with; weekends too.
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    My career has worked out pretty well in regards to family life. When I was going through infertility treatments, I worked 3-11. This made it really easy to make it to the clinic for lab work or insemination attempts without interfering with work. I switched to day shift mid-pregnancy. I worked part time, 8 days a pay period, 8 hour shifts. My mother and mother-in-law split up the days I worked to care for my little one. Win-win for everyone. The grandmothers each got two days a week to spoil him rotten, and I had lots of time to spend with him when he was little. At one point I changed 3 of my days to 1 day off and 2 12 hour shifts, and this was a mistake. I barely got to see him on my 12 hour days. Last spring I got a full time, Monday through Friday job in a non-profit agency. It would have been perfect if he were just a little older, like already in kindergarten, but it still works out pretty well. My job is flexible enough that I can make it to preschool plays and parties. He's in preschool 2 half days a week and one grandmother picks him up for me and keeps him until I get off. The other days the other grandmother keeps him. He's not terribly happy with my new job, because I don't have whole days where it's just me and him (Wednesdays were Pajama Day at our house), but the almost total lack of stress makes me a better, happier mom in the time I do get to spend with him.
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    I have a child and I work per-diem. It works out great. I spend most of my time at home with my child and still manage to have a descent pay check. This works because my husband earns a good living. If you are in my position then go per-diem. It's the best way to go! Good luck with whatever you decide.
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    I am pregnant, and work full time 12 hour nights. It is horrible. I am so exhausted! I am trying hard to get part time days and my bossy keeps saying next schedule, but it never comes and I've lost all hope and trust in her. I don't want to work 12 hour shifts. While on maternity leave I am panning to look for something else. I want either 10 or 8 hour shifts . Three 10s is my preference which limits me to 2 local places.
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    You just have to find that shift that works well for you. I'm a Mom to 4 kids (12, 11, 11, 7), work full time nights, full time RN-BSN, and an occasional part-time job here and there to pick up the slack. Hubby is without a job at the moment, so being a stay at home Mom won't work. We both wish I were able to stay home and I know he would rather it be that way, but its just not working out that way.

    Would I do any of it over again, no. I'd do it the say way again. Perhaps I would have gotten the BSN much sooner.


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