My wife (not a nurse) has put up with me rather well over my years as a RN and before. My work has always consisted of rather strange hours and shifts, but we make
time to spend together, even if it is a few hours or less on the motorcycle, riding around a nearby lake, grabbing dinner out somewhere (although she cooks far better than any restaurant at which we have ever dined).
When we first met and later married, she knew the deal from the beginning - my work would take me away from home every day, and sometimes I would be away for several days or weeks, but we still made time to spend together.
The standing joke is that we often communicate by e-mail
. Once she retires (eight weeks and she is counting), we may have more time together; once I retire, we will have plenty of time together, but that will not be for a few more years.
Make the time to be with your spouse, partner, etc. - you will have fewer regrets later in life.