Question for those with children & a nursing student....

  1. What do you nursing students with young children in day care do when they get sick? Especially when your husband also works and you don't have any relatives/ close friends that can watch them...what else can you do?
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  3. by   CapeCoralNurse2be
    Check with your local babysitting/childcare agencies, some of them offer sick childcare. Of course this will cost more than regular child care per/day, but it's better than missing classes. Also ask the daycare if they know of someone that does sick childcare. In our area there are some retired nurses that do sick childcare. I'm in the same boat, my family is all hours away and we have no one close by that can watch them. Luckily my kids RARELY get sick and when they do it's often for only one day.

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    What do you nursing students with young children in day care do when they get sick? Especially when your husband also works and you don't have any relatives/ close friends that can watch them...what else can you do?
  4. by   Rohan
    One of our hospitals has a sick child day care run by nurses. My current work will reimburse you if you use it. Check around and see if you have one of those near you. Good luck!
  5. by   QuilterLPN
    Occasionally you may have to miss, or hubby may need to take sick leave. If you have to miss a class, then try to get a buddy to tape the lecture for you and share notes. It can be done. If it is a clinical day, then it'll be DH's turn, because (at least at our school), clinical days shall not be missed for any reason! I always clarified with each new clinical instructor, "Exactly how sick to I have to be before you don't want me here?" Good luck. Wash hands lots, and take vitamins, eat good foods and I fullly believe in Cold-eeze zinc lozenges.
  6. by   sydie
    this was/is my biggest concern to starting nursing school with 2 small boys. I asked around and have 3 friends willing to watch them on an emergency/sick basis. I also posted an ad on Craigslist.com stating my needs. I had several people respond. One woman is close to my home and is a college student. I will be meeting with her before I need her and feel that I have at least a few options. Of course if our kids are really sick, dh will have to stay home. Almost everyone in my class has children (one has 5) and we are all doing our best to keep everyone healthy!
  7. by   MIA-RN1
    my kids are not little any more (17 and 11) but our youngest has asthma and a history of some pretty terrible pneumonia (PICU and ARDS) and so when she gets sick, someone has to be here. The rule at our house is that if its a school day for me, my husband stays home and if I only have work that day, I stay home. If its a day where I do both, I only miss the work part. Not easy to train my DH to the system but it works for us.
  8. by   Plucker
    That's one of the reasons we found a private babysitter. Her children are older and in school so she can watch my twins by themselves. When they get sick with colds or are running a fever she's really good about still keeping them for me. She has a thing where she will only watch one sibling group. We had a different babysitter last year and she had a preschooler so she didn't want me to bring them sick. Totally understand that. Now if they are very sick I will miss class but not clinical. My husband stays home then even though we can't afford it-we've only had to do that once so far. Some how, it all works out.

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