i would really appreciate any advice or input people could give me on my situation. i've been working on a med-surg floor for 9 months now in my first rn position. i work nights and love my job, my co-workers, and the shift. i'm also 4 months pregnant and due in january. i recently told my boss and discussed my options with her and while i don't have to make any decisions now i'm thinking a lot about my post-birth work options.
basically my choices are a) quit entirely and stay at home b) after maternity leave, transition to a per diem float position in the same hospital and work anywhere from once a month to twice a week, either days or nights c) come back full time nights on my floor after my 3-4 month maternity leave. luckily, money is not an issue for us, my concerns are balancing my family/work life and keeping up my investment in my nursing career. option a would be fabulous from a baby and family perspective, but i worry that one year full time in nursing wouldn't be enough to reenter the workforce a few years down the road. b might be the best compromise, but it would be hard to work with different co-workers on new floors all the time. c would be great career wise, but we'd have to do some form of child care, my husband (who works 60+ hours a week) would have to pick up a lot of slack and i worry i would miss out on my new baby's life and we'd hardly ever get to spend time together as a family.
anyone have experiences to share or advice? i posted this in general nursing discussion but only got one response.