Hi! I am having the most difficult time deciding between teaching and nursing. I am a current Teacher, and have all my nursing pre-reqs done! Can anyone (even if you're not a Teacher) please tell me who is preferably a mommy, what your RN schedules are like? Everything always has this conception, that Teachers work the best
hours! FALSE! We work from 7:30am to 3:30pm, but we stay for several (unpaid) hours after work, grading work, preparing lesson plans, etc. Not to mention the take-home stacks of paper work, and the numerous hours we spend to brain-storm to help prepare for prosperous crafts, lesson plans, etc. I understand nurses work 3-12s. But I would love to know I am getting paid for those hours, even if it's 3 days straight. I can leave the work at work, and then have days off after to re-collect. What I'm getting at I guess, is, what job is best for being a mom! I LOOOOOOVE both equally, nursing and getting help to save lives and learning about medicine is just intriguing to me. Molding the minds of little ones to grow up and be my future is also intriguing to me. I love both equally. They both have pros and cons. I am burned out as a Teacher and I feel that my weekends go by WAAAAYYY too fast!!!! Is this the same case for nursing? What about holidays, is it hard to get Christmas off? Any insight would help, thank you all.
I also taught school. Cons unruly kids, no flexible hours, mandatory meetings, no overtime pay. Pros: nights, weekends, holidays, summers off making it family friendly especially if you are a single mother. Also, depending on your school district and location some teachers get paid very well with benefits and retirement. Nursing cons: alot of nurses may work in the hospital with 12 hour shift as a new nurse you may have to take what you can get. I don't know about you but I don't too much like the idea of being away from my kid and hubby overnight . #2 physically demanding a toll on your body as you age. #3obnoxious doctors and staff. #4 retirement benefits? #5 can easily lose license and highly competitive . PROS #1 More flexible then teaching. More job options in many different areas of nursing. Higher .income potential. Helping and teaching role can be implemented.
Last edit by SU2013 on Jul 29, '14
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