I'm considering becoming a nurse and I was wondering, do you feel you have enough time outside of being a nurse? Do you feel like you are able to have a life outside of medicine?
I've been on the path to become a doctor and I'm now realizing that "wow, I don't want my whole life to be my job," which really does seem the case for doctors (especially through residency and the first 5 years on the job). So I'm thinking nursing now, but I want to make sure that the career doesn't have the same pitfalls that I'm trying to avoid in becoming a doctor.
[I recognize that many people would love to have less time working, but I think that's probably true for any job].
Thanks for your input!!
Jan 30, '07
I have four days off a week. I go to the gym, go to yoga classes, am finishing up my BSN degree, go out to eat, do all kinds of things.
While nurisng isn't your typical 9-5 job there are plenty of positions that allow you to leave the job at the job and have a life.
Right now I'm working an extra day but I still get 3 days off a week.
The only time I feel there isn't enough time in the day is when I work back to back 12-hour shifts. I come home, eat supper and go to bed early so I get up and do it again for another 12 hours. But I never work more than 2 12-hour shifts in a row, so it's still worth it.
Last edit by Tweety on Jan 30, '07