I have been working in my first nursing job for 6 months now and enjoy it on most days. Since I don't have a regular schedule, I get called in to work a lot of night shifts.
I know that when I have my own family and kids in the future, I want to be able to spend quality time with them and I don't think working nights would be the best. I am looking into doing a degree in Masters in Public Health or work in Palliative Care/Hospice.
I have a passion for Palliative Care but I know it's likely that I would have to continue shift work if I choose this path.
I have thought about the possibility of continuing working as a casual/on-call instead of being tied down to work rotations with a part/full-time position. Working as a casual would allow me to turn down evenings/weekends but this would probably affect my pay check. On the other hand, a master's degree will probably allow me to have evenings and weekends off.
For those of you who are have kids and do shift work, how do you balance your time between work and family?
What do you think? Thanks for your input! Much appreciated!