Best RN jobs to have more time for children/family - page 3

by babblingbrook

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I feel like I have little quality of life. I only work 3-4 12 hr shifts a week, but I have a 2 hr commute tagged on to it. I work every other weekend and get 2 -3 days off in a row between work. I feel like I never see my 6... Read More


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    Telephone triage nursing! I don't have a husband or kids but my co-workers and I work from 8-5 triaging over the phone for a family clinic. Weekends and holidays off. We love it!
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    I have the same problem. I'm a LPN, and my first job when I passed my NCLEX was at a LTC facility working 12 hour night shifts (7P-7A). The scheduling wasn't too bad. I worked 2 in a row, then had 3 days off in a row. Then I would work 2, have the weekend off. It was a repeating pattern every week basically. But 3rd shift took a toll on my health. Now, I currently work in a different LTC facility. I needed full-time because I have to carry the benefits for my family. My husband works at Kroger, but the benefits are sooooo expensive that it would be his whole check pretty much! My current schedule I HATE! I had to agree to work a combination of both day shift and 2nd shift in order to be full-time. In order to get every other weekend off, I have to do 16-hour double shifts on my weekends that I work! Basically I work every other Tuesday day shift (7A-3P), every Wednesday 2nd shift (3P-11P), and then the double shifts every other weekend. I have 2 children, 8 and 7. On my days off, I'm so worn out from the double shifts that all I want to do is sleep. I get 2 days off in a row after I work the doubles, and then I get a 3-day weekend when it's my weekend off. Still, it does not seem like enough time with my children because I do not see them at ALL on the days I work the doubles (not even for 5 minutes), and every Wednesday when I do the evening shift, I see them for a half hour in the mornings before they go to school. That's it. I can't really afford to drop down to part-time because of the benefits, but I HATE HATE HATE my schedule and the fact that I never see my babies. I feel trapped.....
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    Quote from babblingbrook
    Thanks! I'd thought of school nursing, but with all the budget cuts here in California there rarely seem to be jobs in the schools. Appreciate the advice though! I've thought of becoming a Lactation Consultant in order to work per diem and possibly be able to schedule around my own schedule. That would mean some more schooling though.

    Don't so the LC thing. Seriously it's a lot of work to become an IBCLC. If you are not working with breastfeeding moms right now it will take you quote a while to get it. Plus...it can be very hard to make money. Sure some do it but it is not an easy money job at all.
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    I currently have a job that is M-F 8-2, no weekends or holidays..However, I have a toddler and baby #2 on the way and I'm trying to decide if I should go back to working 12hour shifts.. I can work per diem since I don't need benefits and make a little more money only working 2-3days a week. The trade off is some weekends and holidays (although I can pick my schedule) along with the chaos and stress of floor nursing! I really don't know what's best for my family?! I get home by 3pm now and have most of the afternoon at home, but would it be better to have more days off?? Each have their pros and cons and I need daycare either way.... It's stressing me out! Any advice?! What do you prefer as a mom?
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    Unless you are working just for extra $$, with the economy how it is I wouldn't give up the guaranteed hours. PRN you are subjected to cancelled shifts if the census is low. Another drawback is that those 12 hour shifts can easily turn into 14 hours....babysitters often don't like that. Also daycares often charge for the "position" meaning if you get cancelled they still want to get paid. At least that is how it is in my locale and why I had to leave hospital. Maybe it is different for you - best of luck in whatever you decide.
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    Jk82 if I were you I were you I would keep your 8-3pm job. I recently just had my first baby and am desperately trying to find a job that gives me more flexibly and day shift hours before I have to return back to floor nursing. I really cannot believe I'm even saying this because I never thought i would ever want to leave floor nursing and definitely never thought I would want to work days. But after having my son that just change everything for me and I can't stand that I will have to be away from him for 14hrs and also not be able to tuck him into bed It's so true that after your three shifts you are paying catch up with sleep especially if you work nights! I'm currently waiting to hear back from a home health agency I interviewed with... I'm hoping that even with all the paperwork it will be a better for for me and my family
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    Home health is not what ppl think it is u basically work all the time like previous users stated..I'm a home health nurse and hate it so much I want out and am applying everywhere to get out...I'm also still a fairly new nurse so it makes my search harder but home health with all the paperwork traveling (it starts to get to you) working everyday mon-fri you basically have no life I get constant emails and the paperwork is just so much it can be annoying now I'm lucky because we have laptops but not all agencies are like that...oh and you get calls on your days off the phone always is ringing but that's just my take on it...I get salary and paid 30 hrs a week but really I work more than 30 hours a week that's where they get you...good luck didn't realize post was old
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    Home health is not what ppl think it is u basically work all the time like previous users stated..I'm a home health nurse and hate it so much I want out and am applying everywhere to get out...I'm also still a fairly new nurse so it makes my search harder but home health with all the paperwork traveling (it starts to get to you) working everyday mon-fri you basically have no life I get constant emails and the paperwork is just so much it can be annoying now I'm lucky because we have laptops but not all agencies are like that...oh and you get calls on your days off the phone always is ringing but that's just my take on it...I get salary and paid 30 hrs a week but really I work more than 30 hours a week that's where they get you...good luck didn't realize post was old
    I'm not sure if you would like floor nursing any better... it gets pretty crazy at times. I think its definitely think it's good experience and much needed! I guess there are pros and cons yo both. Been a floor nurse for past 4 yrs and I'm definitely ready for a change! I'm starting with a hh agency on 7/8 and Im hoping its a good fit! Pay is an increase for me and I only have to do 50pt every two weeks. Good luck with your search
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    I don't know what your experience looks like, but the infusion room jobs where I am are one of two shifts: 7a-3p or 9a-5p. Those are pretty regular hours, but they require oncology experience. It seems like a really sweet job, though.


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