Young New Mom. Better to stay full time or per diem. Do you regret it? - page 2

by K21Babygurl | 5,243 Views | 12 Comments

I am an RN with around 6 mo exp, and I have a 18 mo daughter that I miss incredibly since I took a 7-3pm, 5 days a week day shift. Its great having holidays, evenings, nights and weekends off but I really miss my daughter. I want... Read More


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    I went from working fulltime for a year to being contingent instead. I am supposed to be the first one cancelled, but have not been cancelled since I changed my status (over a year ago). The hospital is always short somewhere so it is rare you get cancelled unless the census is low all over, usually when it's a holiday. I have been fortunate to get the hrs I need (2-3 shifts a week) and also be able to set my own schedule. I would encourage you to work whatever status won't make you crazy, stressed, and missing your baby. Those fulltime paychecks were nice for a few weeks, till I was too darn tired/evil to enjoy the money anyway!
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    When my ex husband and I decided to have a baby, we knew knew I would work per diem and be covered under his benefits, so I could be home 5 days a week. And I did just that and it was great. In 5 months, I got cancelled once, and got a shift the very next night. It worked out very well until my exh's and decided he wanted a divorce when our baby was 6 months old. I got my full time position back, luckily, but 12 hour shift after a few years didn't work out for the single mother hood style.Honestly. I would say go for it. I would still be doing it to this day if I could. As long as you know you would be ok if you did get cancelled every now and then and if you wanted to take a vacation, you could go without the extra money. Good luck, I think you will be happy with your decision
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    I currently have a pretty relaxed job that is M-F 8-2, no weekends or holidays..However, I have a toddler and baby #2 on the way and I'm trying to decide if I should go back to working 12hour shifts.. I can work per diem since I don't need benefits and make a little more money only working 2-3days a week. The trade off is some weekends and holidays (although I can pick my schedule) along with the chaos and stress of floor nursing! I really don't know what's best for my family?! I get home by 3pm now and have most of the afternoon at home, but would it be better to have more days off?? Each have their pros and cons, neither have benefits and I need daycare either way.... It's stressing me out! Any advice?! What do you prefer as a mom?


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