I am very sad. I tried to leave work to get to my second grader's music program at school. She had talked about it non-stop; how she would be on the stage with her class singing for flag day in front of the entire school. She was so proud. As I tried to leave, admissions to my unit show up. I was so late to the school that I missed the whole program. I've missed concerts, sports events, picnics. I can't volunteer or be one of those moms who's always there because of the demands of being a nurse manager. I am afraid that by the time I can afford to work part time- my kids will be gone and I'll just wish I'd chosen time with them over my career and having the extra money. I want to tell my kids "don't go into nursing". Chose anything else where your time and your family will get to come first.