Thanks for your input gdnurse & smilingblueyes !
I really liked working but I too have a family and my family
comes first. I am actually expecting again too but not for
6 months. The plan would be after I finish school my husband
would stay home until the kids go to school. I always wanted
to go to school and get an education and I have always been
interested in being a nurse on the maternity ward. I have made
a few attempts before to go to school but with working full time
never completed. Now I can go and not have any excuses as my
husband works early hours and will be home to watch our son.
Thanks again for your stories they definately make me feel better
after hearing all the negative input from other sites !!
Tracy : ^ )
Quote from gdnurse
:hatparty: I LOVE my job also. I am 31 and have been practicing for almost 9 years now. I am in Cardiology and NOW work in the office of a busy practice with 2 CV Surgeons and 6 Cardiologist and 1 NP. I worked in the hospital for almost 5 years. I LOVE the hospital setting but hated the hours and not being able to have a flexible schedule. I have 2 kids. I worked evenings with our first child so my husband could be there with her in the evening and me during the day while he was finishing his Engineering Degree. Then I had our son and we moved all within a month of his birth. I stayed at home for 6 months and then went back to working at the hospital on Sunday AM only. I still got calls to come in at night, evening and on my days off. It is sometimes hard to juggle both but a lot of us do it. With our recent move to a new state for my husband's job, I stayed home with the kids for 1 1/2 years. I missed working and looked into part time. Hospital was not being flexible and you still had to do holidays and such. But then I was called from my Resume by my current employer and they offerred me the job right away. It is full time, but when I found out about the job and benefits and pay, it was too good to pass up. 2 1/2 years later, I have gotten good pay raises and this year got a bonus for my dedication to my job. I even started the first Cardiac Nurses Society in my area. So, I stay pretty busy and am working on going back to school. I LOVE my job, but at times, the hospital setting is stressfull. Lack of nurses, difficult pt loads, holidays, weekends, etc. But if you go into it with an idea of what hours you can do, discuss it with your employer and see if they are willing to work with you on a schedule. I know 2 nurses who went back to work under their terms. They only work the days they say they can and no other days. If the hospital wants you enough, they will work with you.
GOOD LUCK in your decision!