Part-time schedules - how flexible?

  1. I am a 26 year old SAHM to a 14 month old. This fall, I have been thinking about going back to school to pursue my BSN. I enjoy being a SAHM, so I would really want to go into nursing on a part-time basis while my daughter is little and more of a full-time basis when she is in school. My husband's income is more than sufficient to support us, so I am NOT pursing this as a career for the money.
    My question is: How flexible are part-time or PRN nursing schedules? Can you work just 1-2 shifts a week? I would probably do best working an 11pm-7am schedule while my daughter is in preschool & sleeping through the morning till she is out of her morning school. (I'm a nightowl and am up until 2-3am frequently right now!) I just didn't know how flexible schedules were - also does anyone work partial shifts?

    Thanks!
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  3. by   hollykate
    Michelle,
    it really depends on where you work, but most PRN per diem jobs are flexible, but they want you to have experience. Some places I have worked have allowed split shifts of 4 hrs each as well. I think as a new grad, you might be asked to orient full time for a while and then drop back to part time, as it is difficult to learn a unit on a 1 shift a week basis. But yes, there are all those flexible options available to you!!

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