Part time nursing?

  1. I have a co-worker who will be applying for the same ADN program I will be in. We were having a disscussion the other day about what kind of nursing she wants to do. She is a single mom of two, with very little child care help. She seems to want to work with kids. She says when she becomes a nurse that she only wants to work a couple of days a week and every other weekend. And she says she prefers to work while her kids are in school....like 9-3. Is that even possible? She seems to think that since there is such a shortage of nurses, that she can name her own hours. I wonder if anyone here knows of a field of nursing that would accomodate this, or if she will be shocked when she goes looking for jobs??? Any Ideas!!
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  3. by   Genista
    It is possible. The hours of 9 am- 3 pm might be perfect at a clinic. But it wouldn't hurt to ask any employer if they could accomodate (yes even hospitals). There is such a shortage of staff, that we do have many options.

    I work 3 days a week now (used to be 4, but I cut back). I work every other weekend. We have three shifts: day 7a-3:30 p, pm 3p-11:30 p, and night 11p-7:30 a. Some nurses also can arrange to work 12 hours shifts in certain units & facilities, like 7a-7p, 7p-7a. I think nursing is one of the most flexible careers for scheduling. There is also always the option to pick up extra shifts if you have time (in my area that is). Good luck to you & your friend.
    Last edit by Genista on Apr 13, '03
  4. by   Hidi74
    Kona2...Thank you so much for your reply. I am going to forward her all of the responses I get, so bring it on guys!!!
  5. by   Rapheal
    Some nurse friends have explained to me how this works for them. They work part time at one hospital for one or two days a week. Then they sign on as PRN at another hospital for a set commitment of like 4 days in four months. They must at least work their commitment and many times get offered more days. They make more money than me.

    The only thing is that I would recommend getting at least a year's experience in nursing before doing this, so that you are comfortable in your skills.
  6. by   renerian
    Home health would work for that schedule except for the on call.

    renerian
  7. by   Ms.Hobbes
    Hidi- I have to agree that working at a clinic or with home health would be ideal for her in the situation of the hours she wants to work. I work in a out patient surgery center two ten hour shifts a week. My only request was that I had to have set days for day care, my boss was very accomodating, plus this job allows me to have weekends and holidays off which works out great for my family. The only problem I can think that your friend might encounter applying for places like these is that they usually like their nurses to have at least one years acute care experience.
    I wish her luck in her new nursing career, there are definitely a lot of opportunites out there! Amy
  8. by   featherzRN
    I work one night a week- Friday nights from 7PM to 7AM. I have other jobs during the week, so this works out well for me.
  9. by   zudy
    I work at a large teaching hospital, one of our nursing pools is called "Mother's Hours Pool". They work all kinds of different hours to accomadate their famalies. I used to work in an ED where I would sometimes work only 10 am to 2 pm. All I did was relieve the nurses working so everyone was sure to have a lunch break. I think your friend is right ,Hidi, where I live nothing is set in stone anymore, and many employers here are willing to work with nurses so they can cover their shifts.
  10. by   Nurse Ratched
    Originally posted by zudy
    I work at a large teaching hospital, one of our nursing pools is called "Mother's Hours Pool". They work all kinds of different hours to accomadate their famalies. I used to work in an ED where I would sometimes work only 10 am to 2 pm. All I did was relieve the nurses working so everyone was sure to have a lunch break.
    Wow - neat concept! Doesn't force mothers out of nursing who want to be there for their kids. I don't know where you are, Zudy, but they need to start spreading some of that around .
  11. by   Ms.Hobbes
    Originally posted by zudy
    I work at a large teaching hospital, one of our nursing pools is called "Mother's Hours Pool". They work all kinds of different hours to accomadate their famalies. I used to work in an ED where I would sometimes work only 10 am to 2 pm. All I did was relieve the nurses working so everyone was sure to have a lunch break.
    Zudy- This is a great concept! More facilities could benefit having a program like this
  12. by   cpgrn
    What about school nursing? I work 8:00 to 3:30 with summers and holidays off. Works out perfect for our family. Some nurses would want more money but this fits our lifestyle and child needs. Also, no problem if he's sick - they expect us to take care of our family first.
  13. by   OrthoNutter
    I work part-time and I love it. Actually it's the only way I could still be doing this job and loving it. I used to work fulltime and I just became so disillusioned with nursing that I wanted so badly to quit. Some days, I still do but then I have my block days off and it all gets better again.

    I can't dictate the hours that I want to work but that's purely because I chose to work for the state government. I have friends who work for privately funded institutions and they have more say in what they want to work than I do.

    Oh and by the way, I work in a large hospital....acute orthopaedics....if that makes a difference anyway.
    Last edit by OrthoNutter on Apr 19, '03

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