I'm starting school next month. Me and DH were just talking about it and he mentioned being concerned about me becoming a nurse and having to work odd-ball hours and not having the time to spend with him and the kids. I told him that I didn't think it would be that bad, but we had just had this big "what do you want out of life" discussion and it really got me worried. I want to be a nurse, and I don't mind a little sacrifice, but am I really going to be that abused if I go into the field?
Then, of course, I started really worrying. I have 3 people in my family who have been nurses. 2 cousins and my BIL. NONE of them are still nursing. It makes me wonder why they left. I went to the website of the hospital where I delivered my son, and looked at the job openings for RN's. It was depressing. Lot's of strange hours, and post after post of things that read "must have 2-3 years experience". It seems like as soon as I'm a nurse, I'll have to pick a specialty, take grunt wages, and gain the experience. Then, if I can't find an opening in my specialty, I'll be screwed.
Here is what I want out of my career: I want a job where I'm in charge, and in a position of trust because I thrive on responsibility. I want to work with people, and be able to use my head on a regular basis. I want regular hours-they don't have to be from 9-5, but I want to be able to have my family be my priority. I don't want to work radically different hours on different days, KWIM? I have to make enough money to compensate for what I'm investing in my education, and to take care of my family. I'd like to be respected.
Am I being stupid?
And most of all, are these realistic hopes/expectations? Pleeeze someone give some insight.
Aug 9, '02
Originally posted by Peeps Mcarthur
That will get me through the RN program, with experience, then I can get $40 an hour doing the same hours while I work on BSN and my Masters.
Just courious, I am not saying there are not nurses that make $40. But do you think this is a realistic
expectation prior to getting a BSN or even a MSN?
Last edit by Agnus on Aug 9, '02